June VAC Key Outcomes

2018 Veterans Advisory Council Members. From left to right, Miss Chantelle Bohan, Ms Paula Dabovich, Mr James O’Hanlon, Ms Margot Forster, LTCOL Paul Graham, Mr Leon Eddy, Mr Laurie Lewis (Chair), Mr Chris Burns, Ms Sharon Mascall Dare, Ms Sally Heidenreich, Ms Karen May, CMDR Andrew Burnett, GPCAPT Brendan Rogers and Mr Rob Manton (Executive Officer).  Absent:  Ms Helen Meyer, Mr Michael von Ber, Mr Bronson Horan and Mr Frank Lampard.

A Veterans’ Advisory Council (VAC) meeting was held on Thursday, 14 June, 2018 at the Combined Mess, Torrens Training Depot.

The guest speakers at the meeting were the Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Ms Meredith Wyles, President, and Mr Peter Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Club of Adelaide.

The Premier acknowledged the work of the VAC over the past 10 years and confirmed his commitment to the veteran community in his new role as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. He advised that his recent Ministerial Statements to Parliament on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral and also the Aboriginal Veterans’ Commemorative Service, had been very well received by his Parliamentary colleagues. The Premier also gave an update on the current developments at the former Repatriation General Hospital at Daw Park and also advised that he would be attending the Veteran Ministers’ Round Table in Canberra in July with Rob Manton, Director, Veterans SA and welcomed the opportunity to progress issues of importance to the veteran community in South Australia.

Meredith and Peter spoke about the role of Legacy in the past, the present and its changing role for the future. In 2018, its 90th anniversary since its establishment in 1928, Legacy would be reviewing the ‘future role of the legatee’ in an analysis of the changing needs of the families they assist, identifying who will be legatees in the future and how they will be trained to provide the necessary services. Adelaide Legacy was the first to appoint a female president and the first to allow Legacy widows to become legatees. In 2014 the support and services were extended to include the dependants of members of the Australian Defence Force who are incapacitated as a result of their military service.

The VAC Anzac Day Commemoration Fund Sub-Committee presented their recommendations after meeting to consider applications to the 2018-19 round of the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund.

Other matters considered at the meeting included:

  • A submission to the Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans Productivity Commission Inquiry
  • Veterans’ Health Advisory Council Update
  • Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health Update
  • Veterans’ Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study
  • Centenary of Armistice Overview
  • Veterans’ Employment Framework Update
  • Invictus Games
  • Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Topics, 2021

For more information about any of the matters discussed by the VAC or to suggest an agenda item for the next meeting on 8 February, 2018, please call Paul Sykes on 8226 8552 or email: veteranssa@sa.gov.au