Engagement with the Ex-Service Community
Throughout the year the VVC continued to engage with ex-service organisations and the veteran community including meetings with Vasey RSL Care, Consumer Affairs Victoria and Austin Health’s Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, and regular updates from ex-service organisations such as RSL Victoria and Melbourne Legacy through its representatives on the VVC. The VVC Chair throughout the course of the year has met with stakeholders including the Minister for Veterans, Bravery Trust, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Deputy Commissioner for Victoria, Veteran Employment Advocate Major-General David McLachlan AO, and the ADF’s Defence Community Organisation ADF Transition team. The VVC Chair also attended DVA ESO Forums, and scholarship award presentations for the Australian Nurses Memorial Centre and the Albert Coates Memorial Trust, which the VVC support as patriotic fund trustees.
Commemoration and Anzac Day Services
The VVC supports ANZAC Day and other commemorations and events in local communities through the provision of funding from the Victorian Veterans Fund distributed under the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant program. Organisations awarded funding for commemorative events impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2019-20 will now conduct these events in 2020-21.
Grant program highlights
The VVC through its grant programs is proud to support community projects which promote a better understanding of the service and sacrifice of Victoria’s veterans in war and peacekeeping operations and commemorate those who have died in the performance of service or duty. A complete list of awarded grants is available on pages 13-14.