The Victorian Veterans Council (VVC) is an independent statutory body that provides:
- advice to the Minister for Veterans on issues affecting Victoria’s veteran community
- advice to the Minister and/or the Director of Consumer Affairs on the regulation of patriotic funds
- support for veterans’ commemoration and education through the Victorian Veterans Fund(opens in a new window)
- support for veterans’ welfare through the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund.(opens in a new window)
VVC objectives and functions
The objectives and functions of the VVC are detailed in Sections 5 and 6 of the Veterans Act 2005 (the Act).
The objectives of the VVC are to:
- promote the wellbeing of all members of the Victorian ex-service community
- promote the commemoration of those who have died in the performance of service or duty
- develop a better understanding amongst Victorians of the service and sacrifice of Victoria’s veterans in war and peacekeeping operations and the contributions of Victoria’s ex-service community
- actively promote the significance of, and key values associated with, the spirit of Anzac
- promote cooperation and collaboration across organisations dealing with veterans welfare and other ex-service community issues, including the Trustees of the Shrine of Remembrance.
The functions of the VVC are to:
- ensure that the objectives of the VVC are met to the maximum extent that is practicable
- monitor and advise the Minister for Veterans on issues affecting Victoria’s ex-service community
- investigate and report on any aspect of veterans affairs referred to it by the Minister
- consult with the ex-service community when developing advice for the Minister
- support the welfare activities of ex-service organisations through the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund (in accordance with the ANZAC Day Act 1958)
- fund activities furthering its objectives through the Victorian Veterans Fund (in accordance with Section 20 of the Act)
- advise the Director of Consumer Affairs on matters in relation to the regulation of patriotic funds under Part 4 of the Act.
The Council has 11 members, appointed by the Governor in Council on a recommendation from the Minister for Veterans. View the current members.
There are 2 positions available for representatives from RSL Victoria and Melbourne Legacy and 4 positions for members from the ex-service community nominated by other ex-service organisations, with skills and experience in:
- veterans welfare
- aged care
- patriotic funds
- commemoration and needs of veterans’ partners and dependants.
There are 3 positions allocated for people experienced in:
- advertising or public relations
- asset management
- public education
- public affairs
- community engagement
- veterans' affairs
- military service.
Learn more about becoming a board member.