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2022 DRA Annual Conference - Melbourne

2022 DRA Annual Conference

After two years of operating online DRA Victoria is pleased to welcome back
our colleagues both local and interstate at the above venue. Although there
will be an online link for those that cannot attend in person, we want to
encourage everyone to join us for both the conference and the dinner that
evening.

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2022 Richard Cook Memorial Award – Essay Competition

2022 Richard Cook Memorial Award – Essay Competition

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Newsletters from the Western Australia Branch

The April 2022 Western Australia branch newsletter is now on line.

The September 2021 Western Australia branch newsletter is now on line.

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DRA Submission to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans’ Suicides

A message to everyone in the Defence and Veteran communities

The DRA considers that it is important for the Royal Commission, in examining the systemic issues affecting the mental health of Reservists, to understand the differences between Reservists and permanent members of the ADF in terms of their obligation to serve and their conditions of service; and the different types of Defence Reservists. There are different service categories across the spectrum of Reserve service that forms the Total Workforce System (TWS) in Defence.

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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.

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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.

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2021 National Conference Outcomes

What would the Government demand from the Reserves in preparing for war; how this would be achieved by the ADF; where the ADF might employ the Reserves; and when the Reserves are likely to be mobilised / deployed?

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Newsletters from the Victorian Branch

The January 2022 Victorian branch newsletter is now on line.

The October 2021 Victorian branch newsletter is now on line.

The July 2021 Victorian branch newsletter is now on line.

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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).

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Veterans’ Covenant, The 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 Lapel Pin and Veteran Card, including a different Lapel Pin and no Veteran Card to ADF Reservists who 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 an opinion on this matter.

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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. 

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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.

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