Extra $392,000 Support For Sa Veterans

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The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


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Friday, 25 July 2008


EXTRA $392,000 SUPPORT FOR SA’S VETERANS


The Rudd Government has provided a further $392,279 for ex-service organisations across

South Australia to directly support the needs of local veterans and their families, the Minister for

Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, announced today.


Mr Griffin said the Government had continued to show its strong commitment to the valuable

work of ex-service organisations (ESOs), particularly advocates, pension and welfare officers

who do a great job in helping Australia’s veterans, war widows, widowers, dependants and

current serving members access their entitlements.


“Many veterans look to local ESOs as a first point of contact for advice on getting government

services and benefits and it’s important for ESOs to have the tools and equipment they need to

provide that support,” Mr Griffin said.


“Today’s funding of more than $4.42 million nationally will help ESOs employ trained advocates,

pension and welfare officers and meet ongoing running costs.  


“This round of grants builds on the $2.24 million in grants for capital equipment I announced last

month which helped ESOs purchase equipment and resources such as printers, computers and

internet access and met an election commitment to provide additional capital funds for ESOs.


“I am pleased more than 480 ESOs have benefited from more than $6.66 million in BEST

funding nationally in 2008.


“In addition to funding through BEST, this year around 3000 people have been trained through

my Department’s Training and Information Program (TIP).  While BEST funds people and

equipment, TIP trains the people who support veterans.”


Mr Griffin said advocates, pension and welfare officers make a real difference to the quality of

claims received by his Department.


“My Department received more than 49,000 income support and compensation claims last

financial year.  By funding, equipping and training advocates, pension and welfare officers, the

claims process can operate as efficiently as possible, delivering veterans their rightful

entitlements sooner,” Mr Griffin said.


Mr Griffin encouraged all ESOs and community organisations interested in applying for funding

to support projects for veterans to contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, phone 133 254



Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109

Editors note:  A list of grant recipients is attached.


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Building Excellence in Support and Training South Australia Recipients


The South Australian Branch of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia will receive

$47,300 to help cover travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary

and office supplies.


Legacy Club of Adelaide will receive $180,240 to help employ a full-time and part-time

pension officer, three part-time welfare officers and cover travel expenses.


The South Australian RSL branch will receive $81,616 to help employ a full-time and part-

time pension officer, a part-time administrative assistant and cover travel expenses.


The Mount Gambier RSL Sub-branch and Memorial Club will receive $4000 to help cover

travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


The South Australian Branch of the Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers’ Association

of Australia will receive $5500 to help cover travel expenses.


The Plympton Glenelg RSL Pensions Office will receive $5000 to help cover travel expenses

and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


The South Australian branch of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia will receive

$4600 to help cover travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and

office supplies.


The Mitcham Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association will receive $9000 to help

cover travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


Vietnam and War Veterans South Australia will receive $8110 to help cover travel expenses

and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


Fleurieu Peninsula Veterans’ Community Association will receive $800 to help cover

ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


The Beachvale Sub-section of the Naval Association of Australia will receive $3363 to help

cover travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


Riverland Veterans’ Centre will receive $2400 to help cover travel expenses and ongoing

consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


The South Australian Branch of the Korean and South East Asia Forces Association of

Australia will receive $4950 to help cover travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs

such as stationary and office supplies.


The South Australian Division of the Royal Australian Air Force Association will receive

$1000 to help cover travel expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and

office supplies.


Yorke Peninsula Veterans and Community Care will receive $2500 to help cover travel

expenses and ongoing consumable costs such as stationary and office supplies.


The Training and Information Program South Australian Office, also servicing the Northern

Territory, will receive $31,900 to help employ a part-time administrative assistant.






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