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Update – Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans’ Suicides

A message to everyone in the Defence and Veteran communities

My name is Nick Kaldas and I am the Chair of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

I am writing to you to let you know who we are at the Royal Commission and what we hope to achieve as we deliver on the very important task that we have been set.


Support for Veterans and their Families

From the DRA President 18 August 2021.

Many of you have been watching the distressing scenes in Afghanistan and the similarity of these scenes with those from the downfall of Saigon in South Vietnam in 1975.

We need to be mindful of the frustration and despair that many of our veterans who served in Afghanistan and in Vietnam will feel at this time.


Defence Legislation Amendment (Discipline Reform) Bill 2021

A recent review of the ADF’s discipline system found that the current summary discipline system is overly complex, difficult to use, unresponsive and characterised by excessive delay because of its complexity.

A Bill to reform the ADF’s military discipline system was introduced into Parliament on 12 August 2021.


DRA 2021 National Conference - Outcomes

DRA 2021 National Conference - Adelaide

"If you want peace, prepare for war: the contingent role and tasks for the ADF Reserves"

The conference program provided optimal opportunities to discuss what the Government would demand from the Reserves in preparing for war; how this would be achieved by the ADF; where, in terms of role and tasks, the Government and ADF might employ the Reserves; and, when, in terms of the mobilisation process, the Reserves are likely to be deployed?


Newsletter from the Victorian Branch

The July 2021 Victorian branch newsletter is now on line.


Terms of Reference – Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans’ Suicides

The Defence Reserves Association (DRA), which is a joint organisation, is the only advocacy group specifically representing Defence Reservists and our position is that the Australian Government needs to take appropriate measures to enhance the health and wellbeing of all Reservists.

As such the DRA considers that the Terms of Reference of the proposed Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans’ Suicides should be broadened to include Reservists who have had lengthy periods of service in the ADF, but have not been required or given an opportunity to undertake any period of permanent service (which would have entitled them to apply for a White Card).


Veterans’ Covenant, Veteran Card, Lapel Pin and ADF Reserves

With some limited exceptions, a different Lapel Pin, but no Veteran Card is being provided by DVA to ADF Reservists who have not had a period of full-time service.
The decision to introduce a different Lapel Pin and no Veteran Card to ADF Reservists who have had no period of full-time service was taken without the considered consultation such a decision warrants. At no time was the DRA consulted or asked for its opinion.


DVA focus on the Welfare of Special Forces members impacted by Afghanistan Inquiry

DVA sends a letter to the DRA outlining the support they are providing to any veterans or their family members who may be concerned or impacted by the Afghanistan Inquiry or its findings. 


Changes to Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001

The amendments to the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001 came into effect on 27 Nov 2017.

The changes to the Act relate to the following areas:

- Protection against discrimination
- Employment protection
- Partnership protection
- Education protection
- Financial liability and bankruptcy protection
- Enforcement of the Act and remedies that are available.