RAR Overwatch – Mates caring for each other

At the RARA’s National Council Meeting in Adelaide 2-4 October it was unanimously agreed that we endorse Overwatch Australia  and specifically participate in supporting RAR Overwatch.

We see RAR Overwatch as an active part of the RARA’s role to protect the wellbeing of the RAR Family.  To that end we will advocate for its operational and financial support from DVA and other sponsors and promote it  through our RAR network to our RAR Family with encouragement  for individuals to join them in whatever capacity they want.

OVERWATCH AUSTRALIA (OA) Inc. is a not for profit national organisation tasked to reach out and assist current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families.

Its primary mission is to take a “boots on the ground” approach to assist personnel who are in danger of self harm, or are in trouble with the law, or are in financial difficulties or are in hospital or just need someone to visit. It also guides people in the right direction for services which Overwatch does not provide.

OA is one of the very few crisis organisations that pro-actively identifies and communicate direct with those in need of crisis assistance rather than waiting for their request. It does this through a network of volunteers who gather information from social media (facebook, etc) and other sources, and after verification of the need task the nearest volunteer first responders to attend.

To join as a volunteer follow these instructions:

  1. go to your own facebook and in the search window type in RAR Overwatch, a drop down box will appear with selections, click on the  RAR Overwatch closed group.
  2. That will take you to the RAR Overwatch Facebook page where you will see in the picture a window box that’s called Join, click on it.
  3. You will receive a personal message (pm) on your facebook asking for verification. Reply to it
  4. A further pm will be sent to you explaining the OA operation – welcome

To join as a financial member go here

Pass the word guys.

Proposed Introduction of a New Bill for Current and Former ADF Members

Statement from the  Deputy President Repatriation Commission, Mr Craig Orme DSC AM CSC, regarding the proposed introduction of a new Bill for current and former ADF members.

“Dear members,

I’m aware of emails circulating in the veteran community about possible new veterans’ legislation being drafted. I’m emailing to advise that the Government intends to introduce a Bill to make a standalone version of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.

This would mean that the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs would be responsible for all compensation Acts for ADF members. Currently, the Minister for Employment has responsibility for the SRCA.

Should the new Act be passed by Parliament, eligibility and benefits under the Act will be the same as those currently available to serving and former ADF members under the existing SRCA. The new Act (if passed) will be the same as the current SRCA, so there will be no change to existing entitlements or access to benefits. The Bill simply replicates the SRCA – there are no additions or any other changes.

This new Bill has been discussed for some time – it was referenced in a March 2015 media release of the former Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

The Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 will remain in place and will be unchanged by the new Act.


national Carers’ Week – Five apps to help carers

This week is National Carers’ Week (16 -23 October) and we all know how difficult it can be being responsible for the health and well being looking after someone. These five apps may help ease the burden just a little  

National Carers week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation.workers. READ MORE


The week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. This year’s theme is Social Connection.
Events and activities

DVA has partnered with Ex-service organizations’ (ESOs) and community groups to develop a program of fun and interactive events and activities at a local level.

Canvas friends, family and acquaintances to come along to events planned in your local area and take part in the fun. Note that all members of the veteran and service communities, their friends, carers and families are encouraged to participate. This year DVA is hoping that members of the veteran community will make a special effort to come along with friends, family and acquaintances who don’t normally get involved in veteran activities.

Information about events and activities in your State or Territory is below. If you would like to attend an event, please contact the event organiser.

Please check your event prior to attending, as event details may change, and cancelled events will be removed from the event listing.

The information on events and activities will be updated on a regular basis leading up to VHW 2016.

For more information call 133 254 or, for Regional callers: 1800 555 254 and ask to speak with your nearest Veterans’ Access Network office or contact the VHW team via e-mail to: [email protected]


Korean War veteran Colonel Francis Scott returns to Hill 317 for the first time since the war

GLENSIDE veteran Colonel Francis (Peter) Scott, 87, hopes to stand in South Korea, and peer through the border to Hill 317 — where he won a striking victory, and lost comrades.

The fight for Hill 317 — also known as the Battle of Maryang San, or Operation Commando — was described by official Korean War historian Robert O’Neill as “one of the most impressive victories achieved by any Australian battalion”.

This week veterans of that 1951 battle including Colonel Scott DSO (Ret’d) will return for the first time to relive history and visit Australian graves.

Read the full article in Adelaide newspaper, The Advertiser

Colonel Francis (Peter) Scott, (Ret’d) served in the Korean War and will return there for the first time since the war to visit the spot where he took part in the Battle of Maryang San. Pic: Tricia Watkinson