E-News October 2016

DFA raises Defence Families feedback with CDF &
Minister for Defence Personnel

DFA Executive with CDF & Mrs Binskin and Minister for Defence Personnel The Hon. Dan Tehan MP

Earlier this year, the DFA National Delegates held pre-conference meetings which gave ADF families the opportunity to share their views on Defence life. Meetings like this occurred nationally and the issues and ADF family priorities were presented to stakeholders during our annual conference held in Canberra in August.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to attend the meetings or emailed feedback. Acting as your voice, DFA represented Defence families to the highest levels of Government and Defence.  During this year’s conference we discussed issues raised with the Assistant Minister for Defence, CDF, VCDF and the three Service Chiefs, DCO, DHA, TOLL, and Defence policy makers.

Last year’s Agenda outlined three projects that DFA was going to work on in the coming year and our ADF Family Support Project Report has been submitted to Defence and has resulted in some changed practices for the Services, with policy changes pending.

We are in the unique position of being in contact with a broad range of stakeholders and this allows us to bring a big picture perspective to issues that affect our ADF families.

Partner employment continues to be one of the largest issues that DFA has worked on in recent years and we are still talking to businesses, not-for-profit organisations and various levels of government who provide a service in this space. Questions are going to be asked about partner employment in the next ADF Families Survey, due to be conducted in March 2017. Your participation in that survey is vital to ensure we have as much information as possible so that we recommend a framework that will be both relevant and effective.   

DFA continues to be passionate about the need for a strong and ready Defence family community for every day of the year.  This year DFA has also emphasised the interconnectedness of issues affecting families and how big picture, long-term thinking is required to address them.

DFA continues to thrive because of the support shown to us by both the Chief of the Defence Force and the Minister for Defence Personnel. They understand the importance of our advocacy which ultimately gives a voice to all members of our ADF family community. We look forward to another fruitful year of advocacy with them and all of our stakeholders.

We invite you to read the Defence Families of Australia 2016-17 Annual Agenda, containing recommendations for government and Defence.


30 Years of DFA

Defence Families of Australia turned 30 this year. To us it’s more than just 30 years of representation.
It’s about 30 years of recognition by the Australian 
Government and Chiefs of Defence that the wellbeing of families is an essential component of the capability and retention of our enlisted loved ones.  DFA have over 30 years of advocacy experience on behalf of partners and families of ADF members, speaking out with empathy and passion about issues that matter to them, to us, and we are not done yet! 

DFA proudly continues to be your advocates for both individual situations and to advocate an issue concerning many families.

What issues affect your Defence family? 

DFA are regularly asked to contribute at meetings, on committees and through scoping studies on a wide range of issues that may impact Defence families. All families are encouraged to have their say so DFA can influence policy and decision makers at the highest levels.

Contact Details for your National Delegate

ACT and Southern NSW
Amy Nerio
E: act.sthnsw@dfa.org.au

Central and Northern NSW
Toni Purton
E: central.nsw@dfa.org.au

Northern Queensland
Sharon Stratton
E: nth.qld@dfa.org.au

Southern Queensland
Danielle Hollington
E: sth.qld@dfa.org.au

Western Australia
Kirsten Kerrisk
E: wa@dfa.org.au

South Australia
Melissa Hughes
E: sa@dfa.org.au  

Victoria and Tasmania
Gabrielle Sasse
E: vic.tas@dfa.org.au

Northern Territory and Kimberley
Christine Henderson
E: nt@dfa.org.au  

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