About the Victorian Veterans Council

The Victorian Veterans Council is an independent body that provides advice to the Minister for Veterans.

The Victorian Veterans Council (VVC) is an independent statutory body that provides:

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.

VVC members

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:

  • governance
  • marketing
  • advertising or public relations
  • asset management
  • public education
  • fundraising
  • public affairs
  • community engagement
  • veterans' affairs
  • military service.

Learn more about becoming a board member.