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 policies which affect Defence Families.
Throughout 2014, the National DFA Executive have been involved in providing feedback to senior Defence policy makes, Defence chiefs and stakeholders on the following issues:
- DFA requested advice on how the Privacy Act has been interpreted and whether services can be proactively offered and reinstated.
- DVA requested DFA provide feedback on the DVA Draft Social Health Strategy 2014 for the Veteran and Ex-service Community
- Providing support for a Funded Review of the lateral recruiting process across the whole ADF, from start (identifying vacancies) through to finish (posting on from initial posting) and that the Review’s recommendations are correctly funded to allow implementation. This Brief was followed by a whole of Defence Lateral Recruiting Study.
- Sale of DHA - Consultation with the Scoping Study Review Team to discuss the importance of housing to Australian Defence Force families. DFA presented a submission as further evidence of the issues and concerns which face Defence families with regard to our housing.
- Report on School Starting Age to Assistant Minister for Defence - A uniform starting age would help families who move between states — particularly those with children sitting for national benchmark testing (Naplan) in Year 3 and Year 5.
For an overview of the most recent priorities and achievements download the Defence Families of Australia Annual Report 2014.
The results of the DFA 2014 Families Survey are available here.