$4.2million in grants for advocacy services

Advocacy services for veterans today received a boost with more than 160 ex-service organisations (ESOs) across Australia sharing in $4.2 million of funding under the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the government was committed to providing support to local communities and the advocacy services offered by ESOs were particularly important while we experienced unprecedented times with the coronavirus pandemic.

“BEST grants program will fund a range of essential support measures offered by ESOs, advocates and welfare practitioners for them to continue to provide advice and assistance to the veteran and defence community,” Mr Chester said.

“Congratulations to all the successful applicants for this round and thank you to the whole ex-service community across the country who always put veterans and their families first.

“I encourage the veteran community to continue to stay in contact with the DVA and other local veteran community groups during this time to ensure they are receiving the most appropriate care and support.”

The Australian government funds the BEST grants program through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

For more information on BEST grants visit the grants page on the DVA website www.dva.gov.au/grants.

The full list of successful applicants are in the tables below.

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Funding under the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Grant Program— Round 22 (2020–21)

Australian Capital Territory

Recipient Electorate Amount
The Returned and Services League of Australia, Woden Valley Sub-Branch Inc. Bean $82,669.88
The Legacy Club of Canberra Inc. Canberra $9,265.75
Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation ACT Inc. Fenner $51,079.24

 

New South Wales

Recipient Electorate Amount
Australian War Widows NSW Ltd Bradfield $70,383.85
Mudgee & Districts Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association Inc. Calare $10,302.14
Rooty Hill Sub-Section of the NAA Incorporated Chifley $4,039.00
Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund Cowper $17,488.00
Veterans Centre Mid-North Coast Incorporated Cowper $15,477.93
Illawarra Sub Branch Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Inc. Cunningham $4,084.38
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia – New South Wales Branch Inc. Cunningham $1,973.98
Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL Club Ltd Dobell $1,200.03
Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Inc. Gilmore $5,540.00
Nowra RSL Sub Branch Gilmore $2,623.89
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia St Marys Outpost Sub-Branch Inc. Lindsay $115,537.65
Dungog RSL Sub-Branch Lyne $2,342.75
Forster Tuncurry RSL Sub-Branch Lyne $7,730.54
Wingham RSL Sub-branch Lyne $824.42
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Macarthur Sub-Branch Inc. Macarthur $2,910.00
Veterans Centre – Sydney Northern Beaches Inc. Mackellar $47,906.40
Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Inc. Macquarie $8,296.65
Windsor & District RSL Sub-Branch Macquarie $1,428.42
Castle Hill and District RSL Sub-Branch Mitchell $12,680.70
Armidale Legacy Club New England $5,414.00
Tamworth Legacy Club New England $19,164.00
Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch New England $30,807.93
Newcastle and Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans Inc. Newcastle $6,663.53
Newcastle Legacy Newcastle $30,348.00
Wallsend and District RSL Sub-Branch Newcastle $507.56
City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch Page $4,264.00
Far North Coast Legacy Page $27,337.79
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia-Far North Coast (NSW) Sub-Branch Inc. Page $21,850.45
Veterans’ Advocacy Centre Inc. Page $45,337.58
Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Parramatta $204,496.89
Hunter Legacy Appeals Fund Paterson $3,842.79
Port Stevens Veterans Network Paterson $62,721.55
Returned Services’ League (Maitland Sub-Branch) Incorporated Paterson $1,078.68
Ballina RSL Sub–Branch Richmond $13,159.46
Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub Branch Inc. Richmond $44,592.85
Lachlan Legacy Riverina $4,450.00
Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy Robertson $11,737.46
Terrigal Wamberal RSL Sub-Branch Robertson $2,000.00
Vietnam Veterans’, Peacekeepers’ & Peacemakers’ Association of Australia, Central Coast Sub-Branch Inc. Robertson $24,631.66
Woy Wot Ettalong/Hardys Bay RSL Sub-Branch Robertson $2,577.75
Returned & Services League NSW Cardiff Sub-branch Shortland $9,090.00
Legacy Club Services Sydney $148,949.73
RSL DefenceCare Sydney $245,656.06
Illawarra Veterans Entitlement Service Incorporated Whitlam $28,999.53

 

 

Queensland

Recipient Electorate Amount
Moreton District PAWS Management Blair $4,658.67
RSL QLD Esk Sub-Branch Blair $2,075.00
RSL QLD Ipswich Railway Sub-Branch Blair $2,696.69
RSL QLD Ipswich Sub-Branch Blair $6,710.95
RSL QLD Toogoolawah Sub-Branch Inc. Blair $2,065.00
Veterans’ Advocacy Community of Practice Brisbane West Inc Blair $77,077.40
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Manly-Lota Bonner $23,052.79
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redlands Sub Branch Bowman $54,864.50
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Brisbane $289,717.40
Defence Force Welfare Association (Queensland Branch) Inc. Brisbane $2,702.32
Veterans Care Association Inc. Brisbane $36,675.11
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association Queensland Branch Inc. Dickson $23,806.55
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Pine Rivers District Dickson $8,313.10
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Samford Sub-Branch Dickson $27,537.26
Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Brisbane North Dickson $404.60
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Sunshine Coast Sub-Branch Inc. Fairfax $6,236.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gladstone Sub Branch Flynn $8,535.17
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Beenleigh & District Forde $7,438.47
The Legacy Club of Brisbane Limited Griffith $118,956.55
Armed Services Assistance Centre Inc. Griffith $81,238.00
Australian War Widows Queensland Griffith $7,550.75
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc. Griffith $26,157.98
Returned & Services League Of Australia (Queensland Branch) Townsville Sub Branch Herbert $23,854.75
The Oasis Townsville Limited Herbert $7,705.15
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Inc. Herbert $24,124.00
Townsville Sub-Branch Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Inc. Herbert $1,662.97
Vietnam Veterans’ Federation Townsville Inc. Herbert $14,305.10
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay Sub-Branch Hinkler $56,123.96
Veterans of Australia Association Inc. Hinkler $69,393.82
Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Hervey Bay City Sub-Branch Hinkler $11,780.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Bundaberg Sub Branch Hinkler $6,821.98
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wide Bay & Burnett District Sub-Branch Hinkler $17,304.16
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Atherton Sub Branch Kennedy $13,312.57
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Edmonton Sub-Branch Kennedy $7,964.13
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gordonvale Sub-Branch Kennedy $8,106.99
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Cairns Sub Branch In Leichhardt $6,707.59
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sandgate Sub Branch Lilley $34,372.35
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Banyo Sub Branch Lilley $4,950.00
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia – Queensland Branch Incorporated Longman $471.93
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Inc. Longman $2,507.93
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Nanango Sub Branch Maranoa $1,173.06
RSL QLD Blackbutt Sub-Branch Maranoa $2,425.00
RSL QLD Yarraman Sub-Branch Inc. Maranoa $1,975.00
Currumbin Palm Beach RSL – The Ron Workman OAM Veterans’ Support Centre McPherson $28,585.49
Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia Queensland Branch Inc. Moncrieff $105,680.20
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sherwood Indooroopilly Sub-Branch Moreton $9,099.21
Centenary RSL Sub-Branch Oxley $1,564.00
RSL QLD Redbank Plains Sub-Branch Oxley $975.00
RSL QLD Redbank Sub-Branch Oxley $2,795.00
Wounded Heroes Association Inc. Oxley $12,790.00
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redcliffe Sub-Branch Petrie $131,436.34
The Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Greenbank Sub-Branch Rankin $10,753.53
Kenmore Moggill RSL Sub-Branch Ryan $1,284.00
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gaythorne Sub Branch Ryan $44,898.55
The Australian Army Aviation Association Inc. Ryan $2,247.25
Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia Inc. Ryan $5,586.78
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Cooroy Pomona Sub-Branch Wide Bay $6,048.47
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gympie Sub-Branch Wide Bay $11,613.68
RSL QLD Boonah Sub-Branch Wright $3,900.00
RSL QLD Gatton Sub-Branch Inc. Wright $2,105.00
RSL QLD Grantham Ma Ma Creek Sub-Branch Wright $500.00
RSL QLD Helidon Sub-Branch Wright $5,525.00
RSL QLD Kalbar Sub-Branch Wright $7,073.21
Veterans’ Support Centre Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Inc. Wright $26,107.00

 

South Australia

Recipient Electorate Amount
ANZAC Remembrance Appeal-1965 Trust Fund Incorporated Adelaide $113,301.17
Legacy Club of South Australia & Broken Hill Incorporated Adelaide $30,701.50
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia – South Australian Branch Incorporated Adelaide $3,197.63
Returned & Services League Plympton Glenelg Sub-Branch Incorporated Boothby $8,614.01
Vietnam Veterans Federation South Australian Branch Incorporated Boothby $1,624.19
Submarines Association of Australia South Australia Incorporated Hindmarsh $1,000.00
Ex Service Persons’ Pension Office Mayo $1,756.68
Returned & Services League (Payneham)Sub-Branch Incorporated Sturt $6,833.93

 

 

Tasmania

Recipient Electorate Amount
Devonport RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Braddon $4,584.39
Hobart Legacy Inc. Clark $6,503.83
Tasmanian Ex-Service and Serving Support Association (Tessa) Inc. Clark $86,678.83
The Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women Clark $12,674.48
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia – Tasmania Branch Inc. Clark $4,651.80
Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycle Club Tasmania South Sub Branch Inc. Franklin $15,459.00

 

 

Victoria

Recipient Electorate Amount
Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Ballarat $36,000.00
Central Victorian Veterans Support Centre Bendigo $63,430.33
Geelong Surfcoast Veteran Centre Corangamite $34,190.32
Portarlington & St Leonards RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Corangamite $900.41
Torquay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Corangamite $2,540.00
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association Victoria Branch Inc. Deakin $21,835.19
Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club Inc. Dunkley $19,868.78
Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre Gippsland $11,500.00
Goorambat Veterans’ Retreat Incorporated Indi $43,704.77
Hume Veterans’ Information Centre Indi $70,660.00
Berwick RSL Sub-Branch Inc. La Trobe $9,438.45
Inner Melbourne Metropolitan Veterans Service & Support Centre Macnamara $26,452.31
Swan Hill & District Veterans Information Centre Mallee $11,408.02
Wimmera Veteran Centre Mallee $12,973.02
Caroline Springs RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Melbourne $2,966.37
Carry On (Victoria) Melbourne $6,067.57
Melbourne Legacy Melbourne $4,861.18
RSL of Australia General Appeals Patriotic Fund Melbourne $249,962.01
Leongatha RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Monash $8,735.02
West Gippsland Veterans’ Welfare Centre Monash $2,700.00
Echuca Moama Veterans Support Centre Nicholls $7,900.00
Goulburn Valley Veterans Centre Nicholls $9,886.54

 

Western Australia

Recipient Electorate Amount
City of Rockingham RSL Social Club Inc. Brand $2,700.00
Returned Services League Armadale Sub-Branch Burt $13,668.00
Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans’ Welfare Association of Western Australia Inc. Cowan $3,864.71
Australian Special Air Service Association Incorporated Curtin $9,600.00
Nannup RSL Sub-Branch Forrest $1,098.50
Returned & Services League of Busselton Sub-Branch Forrest $41,847.31
Combined Defence Force Support Association of WA Fremantle $6,216.37
Buddy Up Australia Limited Moore $3,300.00
Returned & Services League Ocean Reef Sub-Branch Moore $14,181.00
The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated (Greenbushes Sub-Branch) O’Connor $619.95
The Legacy Club of Western Australia Incorporated Perth $14,785.72
The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Inc. Perth $74,918.37
Partners of Veterans Association Western Australia Inc. Perth $505.63
Western Australia Branch of the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Perth $721.36
Air Force Association (Western Australian Division) Inc. Tangney $6,667.09

 

 

Northern Territory

Recipient Electorate Amount
Veterans Australia NT Inc. Lingiari $11,787.80
Palmerston RSL Club Inc. Solomon $11,411.20

 

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