We care about our veterans

That’s why we’re helping them get the support they need.

As a nation, we ask our defence personnel to shoulder a heavy burden for our country. The best way we can honour their service, and the service of those who have gone before them, is to support and care for our heroes and veterans as best we can.

Extending mental health support

Understanding and treating mental illness early is of critical importance. That’s why the Coalition is making it easier for veterans to get the health care they need, when they need it.

We’re providing $37.9 million to ensure that all current and former permanent members of the Defence Force will be eligible for the treatment of conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and alcohol and substance use disorders from 1 July this year.

We’re also investing $1 million in suicide awareness and prevention and $2.1 million for a pilot program, Kookaburra Kids, to help children with a serving ADF parent affected by mental illness.

These are practical measures that will have a real world impact on current and former Defence Force members and their families.

Making transition to civilian life easier

Thanks to their world-class training, Australian veterans have significant skills and leadership qualities that are of great value to employers. One of the most important things we can do for veterans is to support them back into the civilian workforce.

That’s why we’re establishing the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative to encourage employers to recognise the valuable skills and leadership qualities veterans hold. The Prime Minister will work directly with industry leaders to identify more effective ways for business to hire veterans and their spouses and make the most of their unique skills.

The idea came from discussions with Soldier On CEO John Bale and veterans at North Bondi RSL and will have a long-term benefit for veterans who want to enter the civilian workforce after they leave the Defence Force.

Providing a better service to our veterans

Veterans and veterans’ organisation have told us about the delays and complicated procedures that make it difficult for veterans as they move into civilian life.

That’s why we’re investing $24.8 million in new IT systems that will enable veterans to access the services they need online while reducing processing delays.

Of course, services will still be available for those who prefer to talk to someone on the phone or behind a counter to ensure that all veterans can access the support they need.

Want to find out more?

Click here to read the Prime Minister’s address to the RSL Centenary Conference.

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