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New items that are significant to us as an Association will be added here for one month before they will be moved to a more appropriate page.

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Added: 1 September 2021

Operation Grain Harvest Assist Seeks Retired Service Men and Women

A nationwide operation has been launched aiming to bolster the supply of local workers with retired ADF servicemen and women to help deliver this year’s bumper grains harvest and relieve pressure on farming communities.

Organised by former ADF volunteers to meet a pressing national need, retired and former ADF servicemen and women are being invited participate in Operation Grain Harvest Assist, to undertake paid work on grain farms stationed throughout Australia.

COVID-19 has greatly reduced the supply of grain harvest workers from overseas, with more than 100,000 fewer backpackers available this year, compared to 2020. The joint-Operation aims to recruit willing workers with the transferable skills needed to operate heavy machinery and perform other required jobs during grains harvest, in coming weeks. 

Remuneration & Support

Potential employees can expect a minimum pay of $25+/hour (the Award rate) which may vary upward depending on skill level, experience and on the job performance.

Support, guidance and advice will be available to the former ADF servicemen and women, via a number of volunteer Operation Grain Harvest State/Regional Coordinators and their contact details will be on the special Facebook pages set up (see below).

The Co-ordinators will provide advice on commercial arrangements prior to finalising individual arrangements with farmers/harvest contractors and also assist with managing/resolving any issues that arise between the farmers/contract harvesters and those doing the work.

How to get involved?

Retired Royal Australian Armoured Corps Lt. Colonel, Garry Spencer AM has been instrumental in establishing Operation Grain Harvest Assist.

Former ADF servicemen and women will be connected to farmers, contract harvesters and grain supply chain businesses via regional Facebook pages that have been especially set up. 

Further details can be found at:

Operation Grain Harvest Assist – Queensland/NSW/Victoria Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1741781399347127/about

Operation Grain Harvest Assist – WA/SA Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/360895489034795/about

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Added: 19 August 2021

The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Federal Member for Calare


MEDIA RELEASE


18 August 2021


Ex-Service Organisations convene support for Afghan Veterans


Ex-service organisations from across the nation have met with the Australian Government
today to throw their support behind efforts underway to assist veterans and families impacted
by the situation in Afghanistan.


The Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs convened the extraordinary meeting
of the Ex-Service Organisations (ESO) Roundtable, bringing together key players in the
Defence and veteran community, to coordinate veteran mental health outreach and support.


“We have a network of incredible veteran and community groups across the nation who are,
everyday delivering much needed services and support,” Minister Gee said.


“I hosted a meeting this morning with our ESOs to join forces to support the veterans who
served in Afghanistan and other conflicts, and also their families.


“Community and ex-service organisations play a critical role in the support of the veteran
community and today they reiterated their commitment working with the Australian Government to deliver a united effort at this difficult time,” Minister Gee said.


Organisations in attendance included the Air Force Association, Australian War Widows,
Defence Families Australia, Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans’ Association,
Defence Reserves Association, Legacy Australia, Partners of Veterans Association of
Australia, Returned and Services League of Australia, TPI Federation Australia, Vietnam
Veterans Association of Australia and the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia.


“Over the last 20 years, Australia has been a steadfast contributor to the fight against terrorism
in Afghanistan. Now the Defence and veteran community need to know that we are steadfast
in our commitment to their wellbeing at home.


“Earlier this week I directed the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to phone the families of ADF
members who lost their lives in Afghanistan, as well as veterans that the department is aware
of who could suffer adversely as a result of what is currently happening in Afghanistan, and let
them know that support is available if it’s needed.


“I encourage anyone in need of help to access the services that are available to them and their
families.


“I would also encourage Australians to pick up the phone to say g’day to any veterans you may
know. Now more than ever it’s vitally important to stay connected. A friendly voice can make
all the difference to a mate who may be in need.”


Support services:
 Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling service is available 24/7 on 1800 011 046
 Safe Zone Support on 1800 142 072 is a free and anonymous counselling line for current
serving ADF personnel, veterans and their families available 24/7
 Defence Family Helpline available for ADF members and their families, available 24/7 –
dial 1800 624 608


Minister Gee’s office: 0459 966 944

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Chief of Air Force Oration

Chief of Air Force Oration that Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC recently delivered at the Order of Australia Association’s 2021 Australian Defence Force Oration in Canberra.  

The Oration reflects on the 100 years of Air Force history and its future challenges in air power.

The presentation was supported by audio-visual extracts from the AF2021 website.  As expected, the presentation is first-class and is strongly recommended to be read by our members.    

Links to the Oration and AF2021 website that supported the presentation are at: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.72/sk7.479.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/21.08.09-CAF-transcript.pdf and https://airforce2021.airforce.gov.au/journey respectively.  

Added – 12 August 2021

CENTENARY OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

The activities listed below are the activities being conducted by individual Branches of the Queensland Division to celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Redlands Branch – Wednesday 24th March 2021

Dining-In Night at Redlands RSL, 8 Passage Street, Cleveland at 1800 hours.

Queensland University Squadron Branch – Friday 26th March 2021

Lunch at the United Services Club

Cairns Branch – Saturday 27th March 2021

Memorial Service at 1000 hours at the Catalina Memorial, The Esplanade, Cairns followed by a luncheon at 1200 hours at the Red Beret, Redlynch. Guest Speaker is Group Captain Myles Thompson (Ret)

Pine Rivers and Sandgate Branch – Tuesday 30th March 2021

Service and BBQ Lunch commencing at 1000 hours at Tarakan House, 3 Ogg Road, Murrumba Downs.

Bundaberg Branch – Wednesday 31st March 2021

Morning Tea and visit to the Hall of Aviation. Time TBA

Fraser Coast Branch – Wednesday 31st March 2021

Commemoration Service at the Freedom Park, Hervey Bay followed by a luncheon at the Hervey Bay RSL. Guest Speaker is Group Captain Graham Davies.

Kawana Waters and Nambour Branches – Wednesday 31st March 2021

Morning Tea and Address at the Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra at 0930 hours followed by Lunch at the Caloundra RSL at 1200 hours.

Townsville Branch – Friday and Saturday 9th and 10th April 2021

A semi-formal Dinner at Rydges Southbank Hotel, Palmer Street, Townsville at 1830 hours on Friday 9th April 2021 followed by a non-denominational Memorial Church Service at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral, Stokes Street, Townsville at 1000 hours on Saturday 10th April 2021. The service will be live streamed. Link TBA.

Queensland University Squadron Branch – Sunday 6th June 2021

Bomber Command Service. Venue and times to be confirmed.

Logan City Branch – Saturday 19th June 2021

RAAF 100th Anniversary Luncheon at Greenbank RSL Services Club, 54 Anzac Avenue, Hillcrest.

Toowoomba Branch – Saturday 11th September 2021

March and Memorial Service to coincide with the Commemoration of the Battle of Britain and the Battle for Australia. Location and times to be advised.

Bundaberg Branch- Sunday 17th October 2021

Commemoration of RAAF Station, Bundaberg followed by a luncheon at the Services Club, Bundaberg.

Added – 15 March 2021