Open Arms is required to postpone our face-to-face groups as a result of Covid-19 restrictions but are committed to being available to provide support to all current and former ADF personnel and their families. As an alternative to our face-to-face group program, we have developed an online format of programs and workshops. The online format […]

THIS National Reconciliation Week, all Australians are encouraged to learn about our nation’s shared history, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Reconciliation Week provided an opportunity to reflect on the service of Aboriginal and […]

On this day, 27th May 1965, B Coy 1RAR along with other elements of the 1RAR Group boarded HMAS Sydney bound for service in South Vietnam. The converted aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney, departed Sydney on her first of over 20 voyages to South Vietnam, carrying 347 officers and men of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian […]

This history of building the RAR National Memorial Walk was written by Margaret Gibbons who with her husband Kiwi Gibbons (The Curator) were part of the group of pioneers who brought the NMW concept into reality. The Regiment is indebted to Margaret and Kiwi for their dedication to “Keeping the Spirit Alive”. In recognition of […]

Ray Fulcher’s appeal was heard on the 26th March 2020 by telephone We are disappointed DHAAT did not find warlike service yet we are buoyed by their finding that RCB service was NOT peacetime but hazardous. Read the full text of the Tribunal’s Decision here Tribunal’s Decision The Tribunal decision is appealable in the Federal Court […]

Trojan’s Trek is recognised as the most effective peer support wilderness based intervention program to assist service and ex-service personnel, adversely affected by their service. Trojan’s Trek was first run in the North Flinders Ranges of SA in the late 1990s to assist troubled Vietnam veterans return to a normal life. Since then the program […]

SBS will be screening a documentary about one of our national treasures, Mr Keith Payne VC, AM at 8:30 pm on 27 May 20. The documentary is dedicated to our oldest living Victoria Cross recipient. The actions for which Keith Payne was awarded the Victoria Cross occurred in Vietnam on 24th May 1969. Powered by […]

TOMORROW, 15 May 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of operations at Wewak, the scene of the final Australian campaign on mainland New Guinea during the Second World War. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said that in October 1944, Australian soldiers took over from United States troops stationed at Aitape, a small […]

Veterans and their families in north Queensland are a step closer to easier access to services and support with the successful contractor to build the next stage of the Oasis Townsville announced today. Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester and Queensland Minister for Communities and Minister for Disabilities Services and Seniors, the Hon Coralee […]

The Royal Australian Regiment Association – ACT held it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21 April 2020 by virtual meeting using ZOOM on line. The minutes the meeting and the President’s report are attached.

Welcome to the second edition of e-news for 2020. This includes snapshots of articles which you’ll find on the Latest News for Veterans page on DVA’s website. Anzac Day – Students say ‘Thank you’ DVA, in association with the Daily Telegraph, has been both proud and pleased to receive letters to veterans written by primary school students to mark a very […]

The Autumn 2020 issue of Vetaffairs is now available online, featuring:  National Commissioner for Suicide Prevention Last of his kind French raise money for bushfires COVID-19 and the veteran community Learning to deal with uncertainty Once a soldier, always a soldier The bushfire crisis Leyte Gulf veterans return to the Philippines Bushfires – resilience and recovery  Reports from DVA […]