“Our family, like yours, has moved many times over the years, we have counted down the days to leave or the end of a deployment and had our share of Defence related challenges.
Those personal experiences have shaped my leadership of the Australian Defence Force and today, we have a better understanding of the important role Defence families play in sustaining the ADF and a much greater appreciation for the support our families provide. It's not just our immediate families either. Many ADF personnel rely on grandparents or extended family to help balance the demands of a military career with their family or carer responsibilities and in some cases, friends and other Defence families step in to assist.”
ACM Mark Binskin, CDF
29 Sep 2016
Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is in the unique position of being able to work directly with Defence families across Australia through our regionally-based National Delegates, and then represent them at a national level to effect changes to policies which impact on all ADF families.
In follow on from our Annual Conference in August, the 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 Defence Force, Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Service Chiefs and Defence stakeholders to address important issues which affect ADF families. Key priorities continue to include Partner Employment, Community Centres and support for Defence families.
These issues have been raised as a direct result of DFA meeting with and reporting on issues raised by ADF Families from all regions. Through our ongoing consultation with local command, stakeholders and families, DFA endeavour to advocate for Defence families at the highest levels and ensure that their message is heard.
DFA will continue to seek feedback from families, pursue policy clarification and work on progressive discussions with Defence stakeholders over the coming months.
We invite you to read the Defence Families of Australia 2016-17 Annual Agenda, containing recommendations for government and Defence.