The Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs have come together to pledge closer cooperation and improved support services for current and former ADF members, with a new Memorandum of Understanding signed in Canberra yesterday.
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, yesterday joined the Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley and the Secretaries of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Ian Campbell, at the signing of the MOU for the Cooperative Delivery of Care and Support to Eligible Persons.
The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed to better co-ordinate the delivery of care and support services between Defence and Veterans’ Affairs.
Mr Snowdon said Veterans’ Affairs and Defence are both strongly committed to delivering the best possible outcomes to all Australian Defence Force members, past and present, and their eligible dependants.
“While both Departments have a long history of providing quality care and support, this MOU formally recognises that the provision of quality care and support to ADF members, and their dependants, is a shared responsibility and commits both Departments to a closer and more integrated working relationship,” Mr Snowdon said.
The MOU sets out the key principles which will govern the cooperative delivery of care and support and establishes effective governance arrangements designed to ensure that the support arrangements remain effective.
This MOU also introduces the concept of the ‘Support Continuum’, the structure of systems that extends across both Defence and Veterans’ Affairs to deliver the seamless care and support our servicemen and women, and their dependants, deserve.
“Having the various systems and processes that support and care for ADF members, and their dependants, as a single continuum, Veterans’ Affairs and Defence are able to ensure that the delivery of care and support remains effective and adapts to individuals changing needs,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Smith said all ADF personnel will benefit from stronger ties between Defence and DVA, with services and support tailored better to the needs of members at any point during or after their ADF career.
“This is another example of the work being done to ensure the best possible outcomes for our servicemen and women, and their families, now and into the future,” Mr Smith said.
A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding can be found at:
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Minister Snowdon’s Office: Lidija Ivanovski (02) 6277 7820 or 0407 108 935