DFWA – Defence and Veterans Family Support Strategy Survey

Good afternoon,

I am writing today to tell you how you can contribute to the Australian Government’s development of the Defence and DVA Family Support Strategy. This strategy, once released, will guide how the Government provides support to families of current and former serving ADF members.

The Department of Defence (Defence) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) are working together and consulting widely to develop the Strategy, due for release in 2023. Action Plans will also be developed to implement the Strategy, with specific actions each Department will take.

Right now, views from families in the veteran community are being sought on how that Strategy should look. The Government is seeking input from anyone in the community aged 18 years or older who is the family member of a current or former serving ADF member. This includes those who have passed away, a partner, ex-partner, child, parent, or connection by kinship.

This is a chance to have your say on the issues that are important to you and your family. It is also a chance to tell us about how you would like to engage with Defence and DVA.

All you have to do is fill out the survey at (https://dva.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6SfSmyzNMWE5guq). The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete and will remain open until Sunday 1 January 2023. All responses are anonymous and will only be used to develop the Strategy.

This is a great opportunity for our community to shape the future of how Government support is provided. No one knows better about the type of support and services you need when you need them, and the best way to receive them than you, the people who rely on these services and support every day.

You have a unique perspective, and we need to hear it.

I encourage you to take the time to fill out the survey and ensure that your voice is heard. Together, we can build a Family Support Strategy that works for every family.

There will be further opportunities to provide feedback as the strategy is developed. I will keep you updated on opportunities for you to provide input and be part of the consultation process in the new year.

Warmest regards,


Gwen Cherne

Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner

Repatriation Commission

E: [email protected]

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