New grants for young veterans’ transition services

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said grant funding of almost $1 million announced today would go to local projects that improved the transition process and employment prospects for younger veterans.

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Mr Tehan said the second round of funding under the Supporting Younger Veterans grants would deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans.

“The government has provided funding to 12 ex-service organisations around the country to deliver unique programs targeting the needs of younger veterans,” Mr Tehan said.

“The projects are focussed on support services for younger veterans and improving post-service employment opportunities.

“In Sydney, 10 young veterans will be trained as Disaster Response Instructors – in Morwell, veterans will restore old ‘muscle cars’ while receiving on-the-job training and mentoring – and in Sturt, money will be used to purchase furniture and appliances for short-term accommodation for veterans.

 

“Leaving the Australian Defence Force is a critical period for personnel and the Government is focussed on making the transition as smooth as possible.”

A list of the grants is attached. All funding listed is GST exclusive.

Applications for the next round of Supporting Younger Veterans grants will be available online through the Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub from 1 July 2018. Visit www.communitygrants.gov.au to subscribe for alerts about veteran and other community grants.

For more information about the Supporting Younger Veterans program, contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 133 254 or email DVA.Processing.Team@dva.gov.au

Supporting Younger Veterans Program

2017-18 Funding Round 2

State

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount $

NSW

Team Rubicon Australia Limited

Sydney

Sydney

To train ten young veterans as Disaster Response Instructors, over a period of six months.

$330,562.00

Total Grants – New South Wales – 1

Total $330,562.00

QLD

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch)

Townsville

Herbert

To develop and conduct a pilot employment program for the younger veteran community living in Townsville.

$123,000.00

QLD

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach Sub­Branch Incorporated

Currumbin

McPherson

To fund a program of ‘Reboot Combat Recovery’ courses to assist younger veterans recover from the psychological impacts of combat

$29,500.00

QLD

Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach Sub­Branch Incorporated

Currumbin

McPherson

To expand the Connecting Young Veterans program which provides social, economic and welfare opportunities for younger veterans on the Gold Coast.

$40,000.00

QLD

Soldier On Association Incorporated

Manly

Bonner

To conduct a

proof-of-concept program to evaluate the cost and clinical effectiveness of telerehabiliation for younger veterans with chronic lower back pain.

$45,454.55

QLD

Veterans Care Association Incorporated

Kelvin Grove

Brisbane

To employ a specialised peer support life coach to provide personal coaching and support to young veterans.

$70,693.00

Total Grants – Queensland – 5

Total $308,647.55

SA

RSL Care South Australia Incorporated

Sturt

Boothby

To purchase furniture and home appliances for a block of units to be used as short-term accommodation for young veterans.

$23,832.73

Total Grants – South Australia – 1

Total $23,832.73

VIC

Carry On (Victoria)

Morwell

Gippsland

To develop a Drop­in­Centre in Morwell.

$16,518.18

VIC

Dandenong – Cranbourne RSL Sub­Branch Incorporated

Lang Lang

Flinders

To provide young disengaged veterans with on-the-job training, mentoring and support via a program to restore old ‘muscle cars’ in a community centre environment.

$20,000.00

VIC

Melbourne Legacy

Melbourne

Melbourne

To engage a Project Officer and a demographic research firm to map the location, employment and access to services by the younger veteran cohort in Victoria.

$120,000.00

VIC

The Sale RSL & Community Sub­Branch Incorporated

Sale

Gippsland

To establish a Young Veterans Support Centre in Sale and undertake a program of physical activities for younger veterans and their families.

$38,500.00

Total Grants – Victoria – 4

Total $195,018.18

State

Recipient

Location

Electorate

Funding description

Amount $

WA

Holyoake Australian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Resolution Incorporated

Victoria Park

Swan

To develop a customised DRUMBEAT program for the younger veteran community.

$114,500.00

Total Grants – Western Australia – 1

Total $114,500.00

Other States and Territories : NIL

National Total: 12

$972,560.46

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