14 February 2011

Ex-service organisation review completed with positive outcomes for Aussie veterans

Today the Australian Government released the Review of Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)–Funded Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) Advocacy and Welfare Services Report. The full Review report, including all the recommendations and more information on BEST grants can be found here (the actual report) and here (graph charts with statistical analysis).

Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon (who is also the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel) said the Government would implement all 45 recommendations from the Review which offered many positives outcomes for Australia’s ex-service community and prescribed a framework to ensure veterans, war widow/ers and their families have access to quality advocacy, welfare and support services.

“The Review recommended important changes to help standardise ESO advocacy and welfare services and improve transparency and accountability in the way funds are distributed to the ex-service organisations that support Australia’s veteran and defence communities,” he said.

The Review covered the Building Excellence in Support and Training Program (BEST), Training Information Program (TIP), and the Veteran and Community Grants (V&C) program..

ESOs will be encouraged to work closely together to ensure that appropriate advice and support is provided to veterans and defence members. Support for the Training Information Program will be strengthened by ensuring that advocates, and pension and welfare officers are provided with the standard of training and support they require to undertake their important role.

“The ongoing involvement of the ESO community throughout the consultation process has been the key to the success of the Review and I am confident that the recommendations will receive broad support,” Mr Snowdon said.

BEST Round 13 applications open today and close on 11 March 2011.

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