Productivity Commission Report - Interim Response
The Interim Response to the Productivity Commission Report, A Better Way to Support Veterans, has been tabled in Parliament.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the interim response addressed 25 of the report’s 69 recommendations, with a particular focus on mental health, wellbeing, employment support and transition.
The two key recommendations that really affect AFA Victoria members are the two recommendations that the Government has rejected:
- DVA: The Government has rejected the recommendation to abolish DVA, and DVA will continue to function as previously.
- Veterans Gold Card: The Government has also rejected the recommendation to change the Veteran Gold Card, and for anyone with this card existing conditions will continue as previous.
According to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, seventeen of the 25 recommendations addressed in the interim response have already been implemented, are underway, or will be delivered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or Defence using existing resources.
The remaining eight include the two Gold Card recommendations that have been rejected, and six recommendations addressed through in the 2020–21 Budget.
You can access the full report on the AFA's National website on the Veterans’ Information page: https://raafa.org.au/veterans/#veterans-entitlements.