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 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.

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...

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...

2011

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...

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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