MEMBER NEWS

Highlights from around the AFA community

May-June 2024

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the members’ area of the website, which will keep you updated on the latest news and events from around the country. The articles here showcase some of the exciting activities from our State and Territory Divisions, and the new Federation Council, and will also pass on important information from a national perspective.

We are excited to be sharing this information with you every two months, and we hope that this will help you stay connected with the Air Force Association community. We will also be communicating with you via our national Facebook page and website. Whether you are a long-time member, or new to our organisation, we invite you to take part in the conversation and share your own stories with us.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Air Force Association, and we look forward to connecting with you.

Carl Schiller
National President

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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MORE MEMBERS NEWS

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....

Missing RAAF WWII bomber and crew discovered in Papua New Guinea

  Air Force has positively identified a Number 100 Squadron (100SQN) World War II Beaufort aircraft (A9-186) first reported missing in 1943, along with its four crew members. The aircraft was discovered recently after a challenging mission in the waters south of...

Ex-service people, experienced and ready

  The Australian Government today launched the Ex-Service Veteran Employment national advertising campaign that will promote the many skills and attributes ADF personnel gain through their ADF experience.   The campaign recognises the significant contribution...

Appointment of Australian Defence Force senior leadership

The Australian Government is pleased to recommend to His Excellency, the Governor-General, a number of senior command changes within the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Subject to the Governor-General’s consideration and approval, the changes will take effect in July...

Modernising DVA’s ICT remains a top priority

Recent advancements within MyService have significantly improved the experience for veterans and their families, streamlining the process of lodging claims and accessing vital support services, says the Department of Veterans Affairs. Individuals filing Initial...

Boost to veteran pensions

  Eligible veterans and families are set to receive an increase in financial support when pension payments rise. Some pension recipients including veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pension payments...