Joint media release — Supporting South Australian veterans & their families

Sunday, April 18 2021

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

The Hon Stephen Wade MLC
South Australian Minister for Health and Wellbeing

Ms Nicolle Flint MP
Federal Member for Boothby

Veterans and their families are set to benefit from the new Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre opening today within the Daw Park Repatriation Health Precinct, bringing together ex-service community services and government support for health and wellbeing into one hub.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre is a welcome addition to the world-class system of support we have in Australia for veterans and their families.

“The Veteran Wellbeing Centre, located within the Repatriation Health Precinct, will bring together a range of services, including support from Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling, Plympton Veterans Centre, RSL South Australia and Soldier On,” Mr Chester said.

“These organisations are experienced in delivering high-quality support for the ex-service community and share the Australian Government’s objective to provide a stable support system that is easy to access and delivers the services they need.

“As a nation we can always improve on the support provided to veterans and their families and this centre is a fantastic example of the Federal and South Australian Governments working together with the ex-service community to improve their health and wellbeing, and provide individualised services based on their needs.”

The Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre is the second centre to open as part of the $30 million commitment made by the Federal Government to develop a network of six Veteran Wellbeing Centres across Australia, which the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is delivering in partnership with ex-service organisations and State and Territory governments.

South Australian Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the development of the Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre, in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, represents a new chapter in the provision of support and access to services for veterans and their families in South Australia.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to veterans and their families and the opening of the Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre will provide a safe and welcoming environment in which veterans and their families can access services and feel confident in seeking the support they need to improve their health and wellbeing,” said Minister Wade.

“While Labor closed the Repat, we are committed to reactivating and revitalising the precinct, as a vital part of South Australia’s future health system.

“The Repat has a rich history of dedicated service provision and that is why we have invested $115 million to reactivate the site into a thriving health precinct, acknowledging the important and meaningful connection our veteran community and the broader community continues to share with the site.

“As development continues across the Repat Health Precinct, we remain committed to ensuring the history of the Repat Chapel, Remembrance Gardens, Museum and SPF Hall are preserved as assets for the veteran community and future generations to come.”

The centre will focus on delivering wellbeing services to assist veterans and their families to transition successfully to civilian life. The centre will offer services to support health and wellbeing, advocacy, education, skills and employment, and housing and accommodation support.

Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint MP the Veteran Wellbeing Centre is a key feature of the new Repat Precinct and has only come about because of the tireless efforts of our veterans who campaigned to put a stop to the closure of the Repat.

“It is so important that our veterans and their families have a dedicated place where they can go to connect with one another and to also access the assistance they need,” Ms Flint said.

“The reactivated Repat is in the heart of my local community and I worked hard to see the Federal and State Governments join forces to redevelop this important health precinct, including to return a veterans presence to the Repat.”

Following the open day in April, building works will be completed in May 2021. Service providers will transition into the Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre and services will be launched and available to veterans and their families from 1 June 2021.

For more information on the Repat Veteran Wellbeing Centre, visit the SA Health’s Veteran Wellbeing Centre webpage. For information about the national Veteran Wellbeing Centres network, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Wellbeing Centres for veterans and their families webpage.

Media contacts

Rachel Tharratt or Cedric Szigeti: 02 6277 7820

Minister Wade’s Office: 08 8463 6270

Nicolle Flint’s Office, Zane Basic: 08 8374 0511

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