You and Your Pension – 2018 Edition (DVA)

Released by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), You and Your Pension is a guide provided to income support pensioners including service pensioners, social security age pensioners (paid by DVA), and war widows and widowers who receive the income support supplement. The guide contains information about your benefits, rights and obligations.

You can access The Guide HERE. Some hard copies of this guide have also been provided to our Sub-Branch Secretary for use by our members.

Boer War Peace Treaty Anniversary – Sunday 27th May

The 116th Peace Treaty Anniversary of the Boer War will be held at the South African War Memorial within Kings Park on Sunday 27 May 2018, commencing at 11.00 am.

The Governor of Western Australia shall be in attendance to lay a wreath on  behalf of all Western Australia, in memory of all Western Australians that participated within this conflict.

All are invited to attend; for any further information please contact David Thomas, President Boer War Memorial Society of WA, on David@r2rservices.com.au or view the flyer below.

Boer War Anniversary Service Sunday 27th May

 

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ENGAGE – The New Online Serviceperson’s Support Directory

Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 5.00.07 pm‘Engage’ is an online portal where users can search for free services and support designed to benefit current and former ADF members, their families, and/or those involved in their support. Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.

Engage ‘connects’ users to support services based on different criteria including:

• Need
• Physical location – local, regional and national
• Service or support required

Engage will readily link to a range of support and services from:

• Government, including Defence and Department of Veterans Affairs.
• Not-for-profit service providers and charities.
• Other service providers who choose to participate.

Engage will be operated by the Department of Defence, with data maintained by participating service providers.

Click here to access the Department of Defence Engage Website.

 

Free Veteran and Family Group Support & Education Programs

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Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) Group Programs provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn about issues impacting on mental health and wellbeing, obtain treatment and support for mental health concerns, connect with others with similar experiences and/or develop self-management skills to enhance wellbeing.

Click here for information on programs from the VVCS Group Programs Web Page.

Click here to to access the VVCS Group Programs 2018 Calendar.

2017 Poppy Day Fundraising Results

From 10th to the 11th November 2017, our Sub-Branch raised $4,119.15 to help fund member welfare support initiatives. Many thanks to our members who provided tremendous help with this activity.

Our star collector was none other than our treasurer, Neville Abrams, who charmed the shoppers to part with $500 into his pot in a two-hour period.  Well done Neville !

Join the Osborne Park RSL!

Member Benefits

Founded in 1919, the Osborne Park RSL Sub-Branch is an inclusive and diverse community hub for current and former military and emergency servicepersons of all-ages and their families.

Sub-Branch membership benefits include:

  • Access to Sub-Branch Health & Wellbeing, Career Growth and Welfare & Advocacy events, resources and advice
  • Sub-Branch social functions (including the monthly general meeting and dinner)
  • Regular Sub-Branch newsletters with the latest news and advice relevant to our members
  • Discounted hire of the Sub-Branch Memorial Hall
  • RSL WA membership benefits, including access and use of WA Club facilities for Service Members

Applications are open for Service or Affiliate Membership.

Service Membership

For those who have served in the Australian Defence Forces or with Allied Forces in any theatre of conflict, or for not less than six months in the Regular or Reserve Forces of Australia or any country not an enemy of Australia.

Application for Service Membership Form

Affiliate Membership

For those who are related to a person eligible for Service Membership, or for those current or former members of the Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance, Police, State Emergency Services, Prison Officers or Australian Border Protection.

Application for Affiliate Membership Form

To apply:

Complete the relevant form above (with payment details) and send to the Sub-Branch Junior Vice-President:

Email: vp.osbornepark.rsl@gmail.com

Postal Address: 129 Main Street Osborne Park WA 6017

Health & Wellbeing

Connecting with people we relate to helps us be well and happy.  The Sub-Branch will help members build social networks, and also be a place where they can learn more about health and wellbeing. Wellness initiatives currently being planned include:

  • Social events for members and their families;
  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing education seminars and resources;
  • Access to health and wellbeing activities; and
  • Information and guidance on external government and non-for-profit wellness services.

External Health & Wellbeing Resources

Our Sub-Branch will regularly connect our members with health and wellbeing news and advice from relevant organisations.  Further information on these organisations can be accessed anytime via the links below.

Australian Government

The Department of Defence’s Engage Website provides an online directory of health and lifestyle management services for servicepersons and their families.

The Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free individual, couple and group counselling, education and mental health support for servicepersons and their families.

Call: 1800 011 046

‘At Ease’

Provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the At Ease Website provides health and wellbeing tips, treatment options and resources for servicepersons and their families.

Lifeline

Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Call: 131114

Beyondblue

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health through learning and prevention of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Call: 1300 22 4636

 

 

 

Career Growth

Through up-skilling and professional networking support, the Sub-Branch will help members grow career skills and unlock new opportunities. Career growth initiatives currently being planned include:

  • Professional development education sessions and resources;
  • Job opportunity notifications from serviceperson-orientated recruitment agencies and employers;
  • Information on skills development and training programs for ex-servicepersons; and
  • Career networking and mentoring assistance from fellow sub-branch members.

External Career Growth Resources

The Sub-Branch will regularly connect our members with career growth news and advice from relevant organisations.  Further information on these organisations can be accessed anytime via the links below.

Australian Government

The Department of Defence’s Engage Website provides an online directory of employment services to assist veterans and partners, including resume and job coaching, further education, recognition of prior learning and recruitment services.

The Australian Government’s Jobactive Website provides resources to help career decision-making and the job application process (e.g. resume coaching and cover letter coaching), as well as a Jobs Board for ex-servicepersons.

WithYouWithMe

WithYouWithMe seek to help ex-servicerpersons identify their purpose and establish career pathways.  Programs include free education and skill-gap training, career mentoring and access to new job opportunities.

Soldier On

Soldier On offer over 100 courses (free or reduced cost) for ex-servicerpersons via their education program.  This program helps members develop new skills and gain recognition for existing skills.

Soldier On also provide job vacancy information for the attention of the serviceperson community.

Western Australian Government

For servicepersons who have left the ADF in the past five years, the Veterans Employment Transition Support Program provides mentoring, career information and job opportunities in the Western Australian Public Sector.

 

 

Welfare & Advocacy

The Sub-Branch will advise eligible current and former serviceperson members on advocacy and welfare services coordinated by RSL WA, and help them connect to this support.

Welfare Assistance

Welfare support includes but is not limited to emergency financial assistance, home and hospital visits, bereavement assistance, crisis counselling referrals, accommodation assistance, government liaison and information on community health services and aged care residential facilities.

For more information click here to access the RSL WA Welfare Assistance Web Page.

Advocacy Assistance

Advocacy support includes but is not limited to Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) pension claim assistance, war widow support, mental health support assistance, legislative entitlement guidance, and claim appeal support.

For more information and contact details click here to access the WA Advocacy Assistance Web Page.

Financial Assistance

Requests for financial assistance can be made by members to the Sub-Branch Welfare Committee, care of the Sub-Branch Secretary.

The WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Trust Fund also provides financial grants to help veterans, widows, dependents or ex- ADF members in times of hardship. Application information can be found here on the RSL Financial Assistance Web Page.