HELPFUL LINKS

The following organisations exist to assist current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Find more information on how they can help you by clicking on the links.

  • AUSTRALIAN SPECIAL AIR SERVICE ASSOCIATION (ASASA)
    – provides assistance to past and present members of the SASR; Everyone who has served on the posted strength of SASR, or on Headquarters Special Operations (or its predecessor organisations) is eligible to join the Association.
    wvnaphone 0419 670 853 wvna_emailnewmembers.asasa@mail.com wvnawebsitewww.asasa.net.au

 

  • AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPER & PEACEMAKER VETERANS ASSOCIATION (APPVA)
    – provides a comprehensive service to current and ex-serving Defence and Police members in all aspects of Military Compensation, including Reviews and Appeals. An extensive specialist Legal network to appeal DFRDB, MSBS, MCRS, MRCA and VEA decisions is also available.
    wvnaphone 0419 544 342 wvna_emailsecretary@peacekeepers.asn.au wvnawebsitewww.peacekeepers.asn.au

 

  • AUSTRALIAN PEACEKEEPER & PEACEMAKER VETERANS ASSOCIATION (APPVA)
    – provides a comprehensive service to current and ex-serving Defence and Police members in all aspects of Military Compensation, including Reviews and Appeals. An extensive specialist Legal network to appeal DFRDB, MSBS, MCRS, MRCA and VEA decisions is also available.
    wvnaphone (02) 9213 7999 wvna_emailavcat@dva.gov.au wvnawebsitehttp://www.avcat.org.au/

 

  • BRAVERY TRUST
    – provides financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, who have suffered injury or illness as a result of their service and are experiencing financial hardship.
    wvnaphone (02) 9213 7999 wvna_emailavcat@dva.gov.au wvnawebsitehttps://braverytrust.org.au/

 

  • CARERS AUSTRALIA
    – advocate on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the Network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.
    wvnaphone 1800 242 636 wvnawebsitehttp://www.carersaustralia.com.au/

 

  • DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION (DCO)
    – offers a broad range of programs and services to help Defence families manage the military way of life. If you need support, help, or advice at any time, the Defence Family Helpline operates 24/7 and is staffed by qualified human services professionals including social workers and psychologists.
    wvnaphone 1800 624 608 (24 hrs)   wvnawebsitehttp://www.defence.gov.au/dco/

 

  • DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA (DFA)
    – An advisory body to the Minister for Defence and Chief of Defence on matters affecting Defence family. Specifically, they assist family who are separated due to a spouse being posted to another location, spouse employment, and providing support to family when a member is deployed.
    wvnaphone 1800 100 509 wvnawebsitehttp://www.dfa.org.au/

 

  • DEFENCE FORCE WELFARE ASSOCIATION
    – monitor and foster the best interests and welfare of all members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in any matter likely to affect them during or after their period of service. To advise or assist any serving or retired member of the Australian Defence Force, or their dependants, as required, in matters affecting their welfare.
    wvnaphone (02) 6265 9530 (Answering machine AH)  wvna_email national@dfwa.org.au  wvnawebsitehttp://www.dfwa.org.au/

 

  • DEFENCE SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP INC (DSNSG)
     Specialises in providing services and programs for families of members of the ADF with a dependant who has special needs, inclusive of medical such as chronic illness, physical disability and intellectual disability. DSNSG can provide support through avenues such as access to grants and financial assistance for specialised equipment and offers educational and information support, emergency care plans and family networking.
    wvnaphone 1800 037 674   wvna_email national.coordinator@dsnsg.org.au  wvnawebsitehttp://dsnsg.org.au/

 

  • DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS (DVA)
    – Services include pensions and compensation, health care, rehabilitation, counselling services, transition support, home care assistance, and subsidised housing loans.
    wvnaphone 133 254 or 1800 555 254    wvna_email GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au  wvnawebsitehttp://www.dva.gov.au/

 

  • DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS (DVA) ‘AT EASE’ WEBSITE
    –  At Ease assists veterans, ADF personnel, and family members to identify the symptoms of not coping after deployment. At Ease provides tips, treatment options and resources on challenges including loneliness, relationship issues, violence, anger and depression. It also has clinical resources for health professionals who may be treating members of the veteran and Defence community.
    wvnawebsitehttp://at-ease.dva.gov.au/

 

  • KOOKABURRA KIDS
    – supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.
    wvnaphone 02 9525 7474 wvnawebsitehttps://kookaburrakids.org.au/

 

  • LEGACY AUSTRALIA
    –  is devoted to enhancing the lives of families of veterans who have served in war, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions and who have died or become incapacitated either on service or subsequently. Legacy is supported by the work of dedicated Legatees, volunteers, staff members and widows. Find your local Legacy branch at the national website.
    wvnaphone 1800 LEGACY (534 229)  wvna_email enquiries@legacy.com.au wvnawebsitehttp://www.legacy.com.au/

 

  • MATES4MATES
    – Supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their immediate families, who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service.With Family Recovery Centres in Brisbane, Townsville and Hobart, Mates4Mates provides a friendly environment for Mates and their family members to access a range of services: Psychological Services; Physical Rehabilitation & Wellbeing Services; Employment & Education Support Services; Rehabilitative Adventure Challenges; and Social Connection Activities.

For Mates and their families in regional and rural areas they offer various outreach activities, telephone counselling and online self-development programs.

Rehabilitation Adventure Challenges are offered nationwide and the Equine Therapy program is available to Mates to access across Australia.
wvnaphone 1300 62837   wvna_email enquiries@legacy.com.au wvnawebsitehttp://www.mates4mates.org/

Brisbane  wvnaphone 07 3624 9000  wvna_email Brisbane@mates4mates.org
Townsville  wvnaphone 07 4771 9600  wvna_email Townsville@mates4mates.org
Tasmania   wvnaphone 03 6242 8940  wvna_email Tasmania@mates4mates.org

 

 

  • NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
    – Aims to unite and develop friendship among all former and serving naval personnel eligible for membership. Provides representation to Government on Veterans’ issues, advisory and counselling services, advocacy support for rehabilitation benefits and crisis support and assistance.
    wvnaphone 0409 623 239 wvnawebsitehttp://www.navalassoc.org.au/

 

  • OPERATION PTSD SUPPORT
    –  A support network for partners, parents and children of veterans that are caring for a veteran with mental health issues, offering regular social inclusion events around Australia and Weekend Retreats bi-annually.
    wvnaphone 0430 166 070 wvnawebsitehttp://www.opptsdsupport.org.au/

 

  • OVERWATCH AUSTRALIA
    – a peer to peer, boots on the ground, first response organisation formed to assist former ADF members who are at risk or in crisis. Once engaged, OVERWATCH AUSTRALIA will then act as a bridge to other Ex Services Organisations (ESOs) better equipped to help with the needs of these personnel.
    wvnaphone 1800 MYWATCH (699 2824) wvnawebsitehttp://overwatchaustralia.org.au/

 

  • PARTNERS OF VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA INC.
    – A nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their Allies, offering support, friendship, information and understanding.
    wvnaphone 1300 553 835 wvnawebsitehttp://www.pva.org.au/

 

  • RAAF ASSOCIATION
    – aims to foster friendships based on sharing Air Force and aviation experience, support commemorative activities, heritage and records of history and provide for the welfare of members through advice, liaison and representation.
    wvnaphone 03 98134600 wvna_email natsec@raafa.org.au wvnawebsitehttp://www.raafa.org.au

 

  • RETURNED & SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA (RSL)
    – provides care, advocacy and financial assistance to past and present servicemen and women of the Australian Defence Force, along with commemorative services that help all Australian’s to remember the fallen.
    wvnaphone (02) 6280 4079  wvna_email rslweb@rsl.org.au wvnawebsitehttp://rslnational.org/
  • RSL State Offices and Sub-branches are often the first point of contact and offer a wide range of support to members and their families services including: hospital and residential aged care visits, assistance with leisure activities, day clubs for senior citizens, welfare and assistance for RSL volunteers with community work.

 

  • RSL AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Branch
    – Yamba Club, 11 Irving Street, Philip ACT 2606
    wvnaphone (02) 6280 4079  wvna_email manager@actrsl.org.au wvnawebsitehttp://www.actrsl.org.au/
  • RSL NEW SOUTH WALES Branch 
    – Yamba Club, 11 Irving Street, Philip ACT 2606
    wvnaphone (02) 9264 8188   wvna_email admin@rslnsw.org.au wvnawebsitehttp://www.rslnsw.org.au/
  • RSL QUEENSLAND Branch 
    – 283 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
    wvnaphone(07) 3634 9444    wvna_email reception@rslqld.org   wvnawebsitehttp://www.rslqld.org/
  • RSL SOUTH AUSTRALIA Branch
    – ANZAC House, Torrens Training Depot, Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000
    wvnaphone(08) 8232 0322    wvna_email admin@rslsa.org.au  wvnawebsitehttp://www.rslsa.org.au/
  • RSL TASMANIA Branch 
    – ANZAC House, 206 New Town Rd, New Town TAS 7008
    wvnaphone(03) 6242 8900    wvna_emailadmin@rsltas.org.au  wvnawebsitehttp://www.rsltas.org.au/
  • RSL VICTORIA Branch
    – ANZAC House, 4 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
    wvnaphone(03) 9655 5555   wvna_emailrslvic@rslvic.com.au  wvnawebsitehttp://www.rslvic.com.au/

 

  • RSL WESTERN AUSTRALIA Branch
    – Level 3/66 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
    wvnaphone(08) 9287 3799   wvna_emailrslwahq@iinet.net.auwvnawebsitehttp://www.rslwahq.org.au/

 

  • SOLDIER ON AUSTRALIA
    – supports anyone who has served Australia and their families; includes those who have served as part of the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which includes Australian Border Force who are dealing with issues of isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and homelessness. Core programs include reintegration services, group counselling, yoga and physical training, confidence building programs and return to work activities.
    wvnaphone1300 620 380   wvnawebsitehttp://soldieron.org.au/

 

  • TPI FEDERATION – The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women Ltd provides information and communication for Ex Service Personnel who are eligible for, and granted, or in receipt, of the Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Compensation (TPI’s) or Special Rate (SR) payments.
    wvnaphone07 5570 3428   wvnawebsitehttp://www.tpifed.org.au/

 

  • TROJAN’S TREK
    – Trojan’s Trek is a peer-to-peer rehabilitative program which aims to act as a circuit breaker for those who are struggling to cope with life outside of the military. In a six-day journey, participants go “bush” where they take stock of their lives and learn the tools and techniques to adjust their behaviours and thinking, relate to other people without anger or aggression, and build self-esteem, and plant the seed for positive change.
    wvnaphone0408 088 886    wvna_emailmoose@trojanstrek.com   wvnawebsitehttp://www.trojanstrek.com/

 

  • VETERANS OFF THE STREETS AUSTRALIA (VOTSA)
    – Assists with immediate crisis and temporary accommodation solutions, with the aim of a finding permanent home for all homeless veterans. 
    wvnaphone1800 VOTSA OZ   wvna_emailenquiries@votsa.org.au   wvnawebsitehttps://www.votsa.org.au/

 

  • VETERANS AND VETERANS FAMILY COUNSELLING SERVICE (VVCS) |
    – VVCS provides free and confidential, nationwide counselling and support – including group programs – for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and anger.
    wvnaphone1800 011 046 (24hrs) wvna_emailadmin@opptsdsupport.org.au   wvnawebsitehttp://www.vvcs.gov.au/

 

  • VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (VVAA)
    – Advocacy and pensions claims assistance and provide information of special or current interest to Australian Vietnam veterans and for students of all ages, historical context, information about Australia’s involvement in the war, Australian units, servicemen and servicewomen.
    wvnaphone03 9655 5588    wvnawebsitehttp://www.vvaa.org.au/

 

  • VIETNAM VETERANS FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA (VVFA)
    – represent veterans of all conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan, including Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Missions with many years’ experience helping with claims in all of the Military Compensation schemes, with fully trained and qualified Pensions officers.
    wvnaphone(02) 6255 1599  wvnawebsitehttp://www.vvfa.org.au/

 

  • WAR WIDOWS’ GUILD OF AUSTRALIA – The National Guild represents its State Guild members to the Federal Government on behalf of its members and all War Widows across the county. The aims of the state organisations are to protect the interests of War Widows and provide friendship and comfort to those in similar circumstances, particularly in their time of loss.
    wvnaphone0455 684 451  wvna_emailwwidowsnat@bigpond.com.au   wvnawebsitehttps://www.warwidows.org.au/