Friday, 22 June 2018

AVCAT - Applications for 2019 Scholarships Opening Soon

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through tertiary education.
AVCAT provides up to 90 scholarships a year through the generous support of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors and private donors, they provide scholarships which assist recipients to obtain the tertiary qualification they need for their chosen career.

Applications for the 2019 Long Tan Bursary and sponsored scholarships managed by AVCAT open on August 18.

To be eligible students must be:

  • A child, step-child, foster child or grandchild of an ex-serving Australian Veteran
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled, or planning to enrol in 2019, in a full-time course at an Australian University, TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation
  • Receiving, or eligible to receive, Centrelink Youth Allowance or an equivalent means-tested educational payment.

Expressions of interest can be registered here to receive an application form in July.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Volunteer Recognition

The 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards were held on Monday 21 May at Government House.  The prize giving ceremony and celebration was hosted by Volunteering Tasmania Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania.

The winner of the CatholicCare Tasmania Volunteer Program of the Year Award was the
RSL Launceston sub branch Australian Defence Force Welfare Team.

The ADF Welfare team was created to support Australian Defence force members and their families who may be experiencing crisis in their lives. Supported by a team of 7 Volunteers, last year the Welfare team provided advocacy and support to 55 members to access information or services across a range of issues such as housing support, Financial assistance, mental health or relationship matters. Originating in Launceston, the welfare team is completely self-funded and has extended its support to ADF members and their families state wide.

From Left: Mr Tim Gourlay, CatholicCare Chief Executive Officer; Ms Nadia Titley, representing the RSL Launceston sub branch Australian Defence Force Welfare Team; with Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

VVCS Webinar: Transitioning from the Military - A Stepped Approach

Transitioning from the military can be a challenge.

This VVCS community webinar discusses - the latest research on what helps people transition, as well as practical tips to help individuals and the people supporting them to get through the process successfully.

If you missed it, it’s now available for viewing!

Check it out at bit.ly/VVCS_TransitioningWebinarYT

Friday, 1 June 2018

DVA Media Release- Veterans' Advocacy Study Discussion Paper Release

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
31 May 2018

Veterans’ Advocacy Study Discussion Paper Released

PUBLIC submissions are being sought to inform a major study which has commenced to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the independent study being led by Robert Cornall AO will aim to provide nationally consistent service where the support for veterans is at least equal to those provided in comparable sectors.
“Currently, the majority of advocacy services to veterans are delivered by ex-service organisations and their volunteers,” Mr Chester said.
“This study will help inform how we can provide a sustainable service in the future and set the quality standards for advocacy services to veterans and their families in accessing their entitlements."
The study is also seeking the views of relevant policy and other stakeholders in Australia, including the Veterans’ Review Board, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and representatives from the legal, community, health and disability sectors.
The study will also consider comparable overseas advocacy services for veterans.
A series of public consultations will be undertaken with dates and locations to be announced soon. 
Veterans, ex-service and Defence communities, younger veterans, female veterans and their families are all encouraged to make submissions. 
To read the discussion paper, please visit www.dva.gov.au/advocacystudy