Female Veterans and Families Forum
Thursday 19 January, 2017
Source: Department of Veterans' Affairs
The first-ever Female Veterans and Families Forum was held in Canberra on 6 December 2016. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan attended along with female veterans and representatives from veterans and family groups, who discussed ways to improve services.
The forum provided a platform for female veterans to raise issues directly with the Government and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
‘One striking message was that our female veterans do not feel they receive the recognition they deserve for their service and sacrifice,’ Mr Tehan said.
More than 9,000 women currently serve in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), which is around 15 per cent of the total permanent ADF.
In addition to acknowledging the service and sacrifice of women in the ADF, the forum canvassed a range of communication and transition issues that the Government will seek to address.
‘The female veterans and families gave feedback about areas of improvement that are specific to families and the important role they play in supporting the veteran community,’ Mr Tehan said.
The Government is improving the transition process by ensuring that all personnel will have appropriate documentation, including health records, superannuation and training records when they leave the ADF.
Since the beginning of 2016, DVA and the ADF have started sharing some information that will allow DVA to communicate with ADF personnel at appropriate stages of their careers and post-service life.