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Introduction of the Safeguarding Australia’s Military Secrets Bill 2023

Introduction of the Safeguarding Australia’s Military Secrets Bill 2023

The Safeguarding Australia’s Military Secrets (SAMS) Bill 2023 (the SAMS Bill) was introduced into Parliament in September 2023 to amend the Defence Act 1903. Submissions were invited, and closed on 16 November 2023. The Bill passed through the Senate on 27 March, and will take effect 28 days after the Royal Assent process and it being signed into law by the Governor General. The purpose of the new legislation is to establish a framework to regulate the work that certain former Defence staff members can perform without a ‘foreign work authorisation’; and the training that Australians, may provide without a ‘foreign work authorisation’.

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Bravery with a golden touch

Bravery with a golden touch

When ‘Albatross 04’, a RAAF 9 Squadron Iroquois helicopter, flew out of Vung Tau, Vietnam, on September 8, 1967, Corporal (retd) Anton Kretschmann couldn’t have known that his actions on that day would earn him a Chief of Air Force Gold Commendation 57 years later.

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New leadership for Air Force Association following AGM

The Air Force Association is pleased to announce the election of new leadership following its Annual General Meeting held in Melbourne today. Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi (Retd) has been elected as President, while current board member and Director of Communications...

Veterans and Families Mark ANZAC Day with Remembrance and Reunion

On a surprisingly mild morning, Vietnam Veterans and members of the Air Force Association (AFA) Victorian Vietnam Veterans (V V) Branch, alongside two ex-WRAAFs, assembled on Flinders Street, Melbourne before the St Paul's Cathedral. With no rain or harsh winds to...

Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration 2024

RAAF Association members from Townsville and Cairns converged on Cardwell for the 2024 Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration Service to pay tribute to the eight ships and more than 600 lives lost. The Battle of the Coral was a major naval and air battle fought 800...

The Service Journey of John Wilson

 John Wilson, a former Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has been featured in Bundaberg Today for his service and commitment, particularly commemorated on ANZAC Day. Reflecting on his early entry into the military, John stated, “I joined in...

ANZAC Day 2024

In towns across our nation, and in many across the globe, Australians gathered to recognise all those who have, and continue to wear our nation’s uniform.   That service, in war and conflict, as well as in humanitarian and peace operations, has brought our nation both...

Royal Australian Air Force 103rd Birthday Commemorative Service

  Air Marshal Robert Chipman, AO, CS Air Marshal Robert Chipman, AO, CSC Air Marshal Robert Chipman, AO, CSC Air Marshal Robert Chipman, AO,3 April 2024 Transcript - Courtesy of Royal Australian Air Force Chief of Air Force Commemorative Address Senator Pocock,...

Air Force Association Community Aids in Successful War Widow Claim

  In a notable achievement for the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch, a complex War Widow Claim has been successfully resolved with assistance from the Air Force Association community. The claim, advocated by Mr Michael (Tiny) Andersen, JP (Qual), cantered on a veteran...

Bravery with a golden touch

When ‘Albatross 04’, a RAAF 9 Squadron Iroquois helicopter, flew out of Vung Tau, Vietnam, on September 8, 1967, Corporal (retd) Anton Kretschmann couldn’t have known that his actions on that day would earn him a Chief of Air Force Gold Commendation 57 years later....