Covenant and lapel-pin legislation passed by parliament

Legislation to enact the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant was passed by parliament on 22 October 2019 and has been forwarded through appropriate channels for Royal Assent.

Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 will establish the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant, which provides a formal way for all Australians to show their appreciation to our current and former Australian Defence Force personnel, and to the families who have supported them.

Upon Royal Assent in coming weeks, the Bill will become a separate Act to provide symbolic recognition for all veterans.

It does not change current entitlements.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the covenant, veteran card and veteran lapel pin would allow the community — including employers, businesses, community groups, veteran or sporting organisations and the general public — the opportunity to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served our nation.

“The legislation also includes a statement requiring the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to adopt a beneficial approach when interpreting legislation and apply a fair, just and consistent approach to veterans’ claims,” Mr Chester said.

“Arrangements are also being finalised for businesses across Australia to recognise the unique nature of military service by providing benefits through the veteran card, and I encourage any business that would like to learn more about how it can participate to contact the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“We are committed to putting veterans and their families first and this legislation is part of our ongoing efforts to transform the culture of DVA.”

The Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant is part of a wider recognition package, and enables the oath and lapel pin to be provided to veterans and eligible reservists.

The package also includes the veteran card — a redesign of the existing DVA health cards, which is open to new applicants and will be provided to existing card holders over the coming months.

Mr Chester said those who had already applied for the lapel pin and oath would begin receiving their covenant packs soon and he urged those who have not applied for the covenant to do so online using MyService.

More information on the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant, including how individuals can apply and how businesses and community organisations can register their support, can be found on the DVA website.

Comments

  1. Steven Kennedy says

    There is not one business in the Ipswich area that I approached last week . That had heard anything about this veterans covenant. They all said the same thing no emails no letters no advertisements nothing. One business said that it sounded typical that the government would give up its responsibility and then try and get the public to pick up the slack. He said he already gave vets a discount of his own free will with nothing in return all good but how many would feel like they would have to now . He also said that in his opinion it was a feel good move by the government after the disaster of the DVA failure hit the news . I’d have to say I agree with him! In saying that I would like to point out that in this past year DVA seems to have lmproved a lot and trust me I don’t like saying that . I used to say that DVA became my new enemy when I got out and I should never have had to think like that but I did. Know I think they have turned the corner and become a lot less combative time will tell

  2. WINSTON PARRY says

    WHILE I THINK THE GUIDELINES OF THIS COVENANT ARE TOO LOOSE IN THE RECOGNITION, I DO THINK ITS A GOOD THING. HOWEVER I WILL BE WATCHING WITH INTEREST HOW THE RETAILERS HANDLE IT. THERE IS A SCHEME NOW IN PLACE WHERE ONE CAN BUY PARTS AND TYRES ON A DISCOUNT,HOWEVER WHEN ASKED THE RETAILER SAY THAT THE ITEMS ARE ON DISCOUNT ALREADY.

  3. Colin "Tiny" Russell says

    “a statement requiring DVA to adopt a beneficial approach when interpreting legislation and apply a fair, just and consistent approach to Veterans claims,” Good one Minister, I think I will have that statement dipped in bronze for a paperweight – Its probably all its good for

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