Towards 2020: A Blueprint for Veterans’ Affairs

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary, Mr Simon Lewis PSM, jointly launched the Department’s new strategic plan, DVA towards 2020.

While visiting staff at the DVA State Office in Melbourne this morning, Senator Ronaldson took the opportunity to congratulate the Department on cementing its commitment to being a client-focused organisation, with the release of its new strategic plan.

“The Secretary and I share a determination to ensure that the core strategy of the Department going forward is one that is fully client focussed, responsive and connected,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Over the next five years, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is set to undergo the most significant change in its history.  This unique challenge for the Department and one which we must look to with optimism, as an opportunity and not a threat.

Senator Ronaldson said that the sad but inevitable decline of our Second World War veterans will continue, and our Korean, Malaysian, Borneo and Vietnam veterans will continue to age and require different services.  For veterans of more recent conflictions, their needs are no less complex nor less pressing.

“Change is inevitable, but our approach to that change must reflect our core philosophy.  As we face up to the challenges of the future we must not forget where we have come from, and must not lose sight of where we are going.

“This strategy will enable DVA to look confidently to the future as we, as a nation, continue to provide care and support to veterans and their families.  In particular, the Government is determined to ensure the nation’s response to the mental health needs of veterans and their families continues to evolve and improve as new strategies and treatment opportunities are identified.

“This strategic plan leaves me in no doubt that DVA will continue to support the veteran community and will not lose sight of the challenges that lay ahead,” Senator Ronaldson said.

DVA’s strategic plan DVA towards 2020 is available on the DVA website.

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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