Launched on 17 November, the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program aims to make it easier for businesses to recruit former Defence personnel and for industry to reap the benefits of their skills and professional expertise. Read More
This issue features how families manage when a loved one is deployed.
We also take a look at National Families Week events around the country and we hear from WA student Maddy Wells about the military history museum she helped create in her school. Read More
The Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) closed to new members from 1 July 2016, making way for a new military superannuation arrangement. Read More
A new policy that recognises the wide range of relationships and family structures in contemporary Australia went live on 1 July.
The new policy aligns the process for recognising members in married, state/territory-registered and de-facto relationships. It also recognises foster children under long-term or permanent care orders. Read More
Throughout 2016 and into early 2017, DCO will run a pilot individual case management service for childcare placement to help Defence families who face difficulties sourcing childcare.. Read More
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We look forward to seeing you at a welcome event in 2017!
Welcome events are a great opportunity for Defence families to get to know their local area. They are always relaxed social occasions during which Defence families can meet each other and get to know more about the services and supports in their local area.
Some welcome events are low key – a coffee catch-up or craft day – while others are full-scale tradeshows with community stalls, local government representatives, ADF equipment displays and live entertainment.
Either way, DCO’s welcome events help our families build community and social networks, gain information about Defence and community-based services, and enjoy a day out with the family.
Although welcome events focus on new families posting into the area, they are open to all ADF members and their families.