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A review into the military compensation
arrangements has commenced, ensuring
the Government is providing appropriate
support and compensation to Australia’s
veterans and ex-service personnel.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan
Griffin, said the review is significant step by the
Government towards addressing long standing
issues with military compensation, including
disparities and perceived inequities between
systems and difficulties encountered by those
transitioning out of the services or making claims
“The Government has already moved to
address some of these issues, but this review is
critical in identifying solutions for wider problems
relating to military compensation and support,” Mr
The review will also examine the operation of
the current military compensation schemes, with
specific reference to the Military Rehabilitation
and Compensation Act 2004.
“It is especially timely as the Military
Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 –
intended to incorporate the best elements of the
two earlier systems – has not been examined since
its creation in 2004,” Mr Griffin said.
“This work is in response to numerous concerns
expressed by the veteran and ex-service community
about the operation of, and support provided by, the
current military compensation system.”
The Terms of Reference for the review have now
been released, with interested members of the public
and organisations encouraged making submissions.
Submissions close 30 June 2009.
More than $793 million worth of new
facilities and supporting infrastructure
will soon be spent on improving Defence
bases around Australia.
The new infrastructure project was announced
in March in support of Army’s Enhanced Land Force
Stage 1 capabilities, particularly for the relocation
of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian
Regiment from Sydney to Townsville.
New facilities will be built at Kapooka,
Singleton, Holsworthy and Puckapunyal, as well as
RAAF Bases Amberley, Edinburgh and Richmond,
directly contributing to job creation around Australia.
Major elements of the project:
• New facilities at Lavarack Barracks and
the Field Training Area, Townsville for
the relocation of 3rd Battalion, The Royal
• Refurbished facilities at Campbell
Barracks, Perth, WA, for the Special Air
• New facilities at Kapooka, NSW, for the
Army Recruit Training Centre
• Additional facilities at Singleton, NSW,
for the School of Infantry
• Additional facilities at Puckapunyal, VIC,
for the School of Artillery
• Additional facilities at the Liverpool
Military Area, NSW, for the School of
Military Engineering and for the Trainee
• New facilities at RAAF Amberley, QLD,
for the relocation of Army’s 21st Airfield
• New facilities at RAAF Amberley, QLD,
for the Royal Australian Air Force Airfield
• Refurbished facilities at RAAF Richmond,
NSW, for No 37 Squadron, No 1
Operational Support Squadron and No 1
Combat Communication Squadron and
• Additional facilities at RAAF Edinburgh,
SA, for Joint Logistics Unit (South)
Construction is planned to commence in mid
2009 and be completed in late 2011.
The streets of Sydney recently made
way for a contingent of more than 110
Defence personnel marching for the
second time in Sydney’s 2009 annual Gay
and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Marching in front of an audience of more
than 300,000, the Defence contingent, sponsored
and organised by the Defence Gay and Lesbian
Information Service (DEFGLIS), was joined by their
parents, colleagues, friends and ex-servicemen.
Galvanising the interest of the gay and lesbian
community was the presence of the first openly gay
one-star officer Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Tracy
Smart, and her partner Lisa Padzensky.
The Defence contingent proudly march
at this year's Mardi Gras in sydney.
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