The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Defence
The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Veterans and their families in South East Queensland will benefit with the announcement of $5 million in the 2021–22 Federal Budget for a Veteran Wellbeing Centre in the region.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton, said the Morrison Government was committed to supporting current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and their families, and that the Veteran Wellbeing Centre will be welcome news for the community.
“At the last election we committed to establishing a national network of Veteran Wellbeing Centres around the nation, and this will now include a centre right here in South East Queensland.”
“This commitment underlines our dedication to looking after our veterans, and we will now consult with the ex-service community as how best to support them and their families in our region,” Minister Dutton said.
The Veteran Wellbeing Centres network delivers integrated support to veterans and their families in partnership with ex-service organisations (ESOs) and state and territory Governments.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the key to the Veteran Wellbeing Centres was listening to the local community to design a support that works for them.
“A number of the Veteran Wellbeing Centres are already up and running and it is essential that they are designed with the ex-service community to meet the needs of veterans and their families, now and into the future,” Mr Chester said.
“Approximately 100,000 clients from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and their families live in Queensland, with around 65 per cent of those in South East Queensland, and we will be working with the ex-service community to determine an appropriate lead organisation, location and service model for the Centre.”
The South East Queensland Veteran Wellbeing Centre was one of two additional centres announced as part of the Federal Budget, and will grow the nationwide network to eight — Perth, Townsville, Adelaide, Nowra, Wodonga, Darwin, and Tasmania.
Nicole Chant or Austin Wenke (Minister Dutton’s Office): 02 6277 7800
Rachel Tharratt or Cedric Szigeti: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT
Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au