Defence Family Matters : September 2015
DFMSeptember2015 31 DEFENCE FAMILIES OF AUSTRALIA ROBYN RITCHIE, NATIONAL CONVENOR DFA conducts an ANNUAL CONFERENCE WEEK in August where we have the opportunity to sit down with both the Assistant Minister for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force TO DISCUSS ADF FAMILIES. A t this year’s conference we looked at some exciting projects that will greatly benefit our community in the short and long-term. Key areas discussed included widening support and engagement with all ADF family members including young couples without children, parents, single parent families, dual serving members and all other variations on the traditional family. We also looked at spouse employment and the impact of mobility on family income and wellbeing, as well as absence from home support and how DFA can influence improvements to ADF support services to assist the family during these times. BULLETIN BOARD Defence Housing Australia DFA was asked to contribute to the scoping study on the proposed sale of DHA. DFA submitted that the assets of DHA are not simply bricks and mortar, another property trust or a transferable income stream. The assets of DHA are the homes and security of ADF members and their families who are managing a challenging occupational lifestyle. The Minister for Finance has confirmed that the Government will not proceed with the sale of DHA at this time.