2012

  • Shaped the way Defence is communicating with Defence families and the general community.
  • Successfully lobbied for legislative change to fast track citizenship for partners and children over 16 years of age in ADF Lateral Recruit Families. The submission of the Private Members Bill by Liberal MP Stuart Robert was followed up by legislation from Minister for Defence Personnel Warren Snowdon and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen which extended the provisions to also include elderly dependant parents.
  • Made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry on the Care of ADF Personnel Wounded and Injured on Operations.
  • Involvement in development of mental health resources with DVA.
  • Assisted Defence in reaching family members during the 2012 ADF Families Survey through social media and extensive member database.
  • Increased DFA Membership to more than 8000 members.
  • Boosted daily interaction and providing timely information with members through more than 2000 Friends linked to the DFA Facebook Page.
  • Made submissions to Defence to request Member with Dependant status for single parents in shared and regular parenting arrangements, in alignment with the Child Support Agency.
  • Diversification of DFA Executive and appointment of a parent as a Family Representative.

2016

In follow on from our Annual Conference in August, the new Minister for Defence Personnel The Hon. Dan Tehan MP asked DFA to prioritise their key issues for advocacy moving forward into 2017. DFA will be working with the Minister, Chief of the...

2015

The National Executive have had a busy year raising awarenss of DFA and representing Defence Families at both a local, regional and national level. Through our ongoing consultation with local command, stakeholders and families, DFA continue to...

2014

2014 has been a busy year with a new convenor commencing in April. It has been a year to strengthen relationships with the Assistant Minister for Defence, the new Chief of Defence Force and stakeholders and policy makers who influence changes to...

2013

This has been a year of significant progress on a number of issues that families have raised. It has seen implementation of programs that DFA has lobbied for and supported over many years, as well as approval of new ideas and funding for family...

2010

Championed the National Defence Families Access Card to improve access to services located on Defence bases. Increased DFA membership by 2000 in six months to a total of 7000 members. Celebrated the launch of the Draft National Curriculum which...
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