Department of Veterans' Affairs (Australia)

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Department of Veterans' Affairs
Department overview
Formed 5 October 1976 (1976-10-05)
Preceding Department Department of Repatriation
Jurisdiction Commonwealth Government
Employees 2,055 (at April 2013)[1]
Minister responsible Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Department executive Simon Lewis PSM, Secretary
Child agencies Australian War Memorial
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
Office of Australian War Graves
Repatriation Commission
Repatriation Medical Authority
Specialist Medical Review Council
Veterans’ Children Education Boards
Veterans' Review Board
Website www.dva.gov.au
Footnotes
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The Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs is a department of the Government of Australia, established in 1976, and charged with the responsibility of delivering government programs for war veterans, members of the Australian Defence Force, members of the Australian Federal Police and their dependants.

For administration purposes, the department forms part of the Defence portfolio.[5]

The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, currently Simon Lewis PSM,[4] who is responsible to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, currently Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.[6]

Operational activities[edit]

The functions of the department are broadly classified into the following matters:[5]

  • Repatriation income support, compensation and health program for veterans, members of the Defence Force, certain mariners and their dependants
  • Commemorations, including promotion of understanding of Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans' Day
  • War graves
  • Defence Service Homes

Agencies[edit]

In carrying out its functions, the department administers the following agencies:[2][7][8][9]

Key legislation[edit]

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is responsible for administration of several key Acts:[10]

Key officeholders[edit]

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs is Simon Lewis, since July 2013.[11] In addition to his role of departmental secretary, he is also the President of the Repatriation Commission and Chair of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Other key officeholders in the department are the Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission, currently Shane Carmody; and the Repatriation Commissioner, currently Major General M. A. Kelly AO DSC.[12]

Below is a full list of the Department's Secretaries since it was established.

Name Dates
Richard Kingsland 5 October 1976 - 1981
Derek Volker 1981 - 1986
Noel Tanzer 1986 - 1989
Lionel Woodward 1989 - 1994
Allan Hawke 1994 - 1996
Neil Johnston 1996 - 2004
Mark Sullivan 2004 - 2008
Ian Campbell 22 September 2008 - 2013
Simon Lewis July 2013 + (acting between May and July 2013)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13, Australian Public Service Commission, p. 254, archived from the original on 6 December 2013 
  2. ^ a b CA 2107: Department of Veterans' Affairs, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  3. ^ Australian Government. "Budget Paper No. 1". 2013-14 Commonwealth Budget. Statement 6: Expenses and Net Capital Investment: Commonwealth of Australia. 
  4. ^ a b "The Secretary: Simon Lewis PSM". Department of Veterans' Affairs. Commonwealth of Australia. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Administrative Arrangements Order". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Current Ministry List: 18 September 2013 -". Parliament of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ CA 616: Australian War Memorial, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  8. ^ CA 4456: Office of Australian War Graves, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  9. ^ CA 225: Repatriation Commission [II], National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 September 2013 
  10. ^ "Legislation". Department of Veterans' Affairs. Commonwealth of Australia. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Gillard, Julia (5 April 2013). "Proposed Appointment of Departmental Secretary" (Press release). Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Our structure". Department of Veterans' Affairs. Commonwealth of Australia. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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