During August 2015, the DFA National Executive met in Canberra for their annual conference. It brought together National Delegates from across Australia to meet with senior Defence leaders and decision makers in organisations such as
Defence Housing Australia and the Defence Community Organisation.
LOOKING INTO 2016
We invite you to read the Defence Families of Australia 2015-16 Annual Report, containing post conference summaries and recommendations for government and Defence, which is now available on the DFA website www.dfa.org.au/advocacy/2015.
We are very excited about the year ahead in which DFA will be undertaking the following three major projects:
- Best Practice Absence from Home Support - DFA is going to investigate what is best practice absence from home support for ADF families across the Services;
- Partner Employment - Family members continue to tell DFA how important it is for them to be able to work. DFA is going to investigate this issue of partner employment to see if a national approach can be developed; and
- Member with Dependants (Unaccompanied) - DFA was concerned families may not have access to well-informed and considered advice on the benefits or implications of MWD(U), nor access to appropriate support systems.
DFA will be working with the Assistant Minister for Defence, Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Chief of the Defence Force, three Service Chiefs and Defence stakeholders to address important issues which affect ADF families under these subject headings. DFA will also work collaboratively with our stakeholders to address the list of priorities raised in the second section of the Agenda.
These projects have come 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 act as the voice for families at the highest levels and ensure that their message is heard. In particular, these are issues on which DFA will continue to seek feedback from families, pursue policy clarification and work on progressive discussions with Defence stakeholders over the coming months.
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DCO Welcome Events
Welcome events are a great opportunity for Defence families to get to know their local area. They are relaxed social occasions where Defence families can meet each other, catch up with old friends and get to know more about the services and support available in their region.
Some welcome events are low-key gatherings, while others are full-scale tradeshows with community stalls, local government representatives, ADF equipment displays and live entertainment.
DCO’s welcome events help our families build community and social networks, gain information about Defence and community-based services, and enjoy a day out with the family. Although welcome events generally focus on new families posting into the area, they are open to all ADF members and their families.
For a comprehensive list of welcome events across the country, visit the DCO website www.defence.gov.au/dco.
DFA will be participating in most regional Welcome Events, so come along and say hi!
We look forward to meeting you.