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Media Release – The Hon Darren Chester MP – Funding Announced to Support Younger Veterans

Tuesday 5 March, 2019


1 March 2019



MORE than $1 million worth of grants have been provided to organisations supporting the needs of younger veterans and their families.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the grants, under the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) program, would assist with mental health training for veterans including a train-the-trainer qualification and an establishment of a Best Practice Framework for Peer Led Younger Veteran Wellbeing Programs.

“The Government is putting veterans and their families first and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver the essential services and programs they can rely on, including access to free mental health care,” Mr Chester said.

“These grants are aimed at assisting younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life to make sure they get the support they need.

“Many of the successful grant recipients are completing projects aimed at improving veterans’ mental health and wellbeing, which is part of the ongoing commitment the Government has made to provide support to younger veterans.

“I would like to congratulate the successful recipients, and thank all organisations who applied for this round of grants, for the essential support they provide to the veteran community.”

The Supporting Younger Veterans grants program invests in projects which maintain and improve the quality of life for members of the veteran community and their families.

Applications for the next round of SYV Grants will be available from 1 July 2019. For more information about these and other grants that are available, please visit

A full list of successful grants is attached (Click Here).




Cedric Szigeti: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon. Darren Chester, Canberra ACT.

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling, provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit

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