• Letting Families decide whether they require deployment support. Previously, the member was responsible for electing DCO to access their family for support during deployment. DFA has seen the removal of this selection box from the pre-deployment NWCC form, following a meeting with LTGEN Power, Chief of Joint Operations, with the view that this may assist the promotion of support services and the accessibility to them for family members.
  • PEEP Funding. Following discussions with Minister Snowdon surrounding the importance of PEEP program to families relocating, the total pool of funding was increased to $3 million and partners of junior ADF members will be able to access a one-off payment of $3000, following eligible service being completed by the ADF member.
  • Grassroots DCO services. Gaps between family expectations of Defence support services in posting locations and the availability of support staff were highlighted and prioritisation has been placed on filling these positions.
  • Mental Health. The shift in focus on the mental health of the entire Defence Family unit as well as the ADF member was highlighted. The DFA National Convenor has now been appointed to the Mental Health Advisory Board and DFA has been informed that a trial of families being involved in Post-Operational Psychological Screening will begin.
  • DFA‟s calls for guides and suitable programs to orientate and support families Stepping Through Defence has been ongoing over the past few years. We applaud the launch of DCO‟s FamilySMART trial that will address this.
  • ADF Personnel Steering Branch‟s improvements to Joining Information follows DFA‟s calls for guides for families Stepping Through Defence.
  • Feedback from DFA on HomeFind and customer service issues informed the new dashboard for Defence Housing Australia‟s Online Services which will make it easier for families to select and live in a service residence.
  • Development of joint publication with ADF Financial Services Consumer Council to better equip and inform new recruits from overseas.
  • Improvements made to recruiting process of overseas members so that their families are better prepared for living in Australia with regard to citizenship. (Work continues with the Immigration Department to extend citizenship for all family members from overseas recruits and thus equality for all Defence Families.)
  • Working with the ADF Financial Services Consumer Council to better explain compensation and benefits paid following injury or the death of an ADF member.
  • Proposed Kids Meals be introduced into the Defence Mess Services contract during the next round of negotiations.


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