Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today told the RSL National Conference in Canberra that improvements to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs would make it, “a 21st century Department with a 21st century service culture”.
Mr Tehan told the conference that the Government was committed to continuing to work with the RSL, as it sought to change.
“In the case of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, our aim is to have a 21st century Department with a 21st century service culture,” Mr Tehan said.
“In this year’s budget the Government made the first serious investment into the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in years, with $166.6 million to upgrade its computer systems and processes.
“Claims and wait times will be cut by this investment, making DVA a 21st century Department with a 21st century service culture.
“This change at DVA will put the veteran at the centre of how the organisation operates.”
Mr Tehan also attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Wednesday to honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s veterans.
21 September 2017
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