6 — Vetaffairs November/December 2007 Welfare payment reforms Events to mark in place from 2008 DVA disability pensions will income-managed. Vietnam battles not be affected by the package Commemorative events to war and Australia’s first all arms 2008 with unit and sub-unit activ- The school initiative begins of welfare payment reforms mark the 40th anniversary of brigade-sized operation since ities in Canberra and Townsville in the Northern Territory in the Vietnam War battles around World War II. underway in Cape York and the 2008 and will require parents as well. Northern Territory. However Fire Support Bases Coral and About 300 of the enemy were on income support to ensure that For more information contact: DVA income support pensions Balmoral in May and June killed in the numerous, almost their children are enrolled in and 1968 have been supported with • Armour—Gerry McCormack may be affected by two related daily attacks on the bases, while regularly attending school. a $100,000 grant under DVA’s (email@example.com), measures. 25 of 1ATF died and 100 were Where they are not, parents Saluting Their Service commem- wounded. • Artillery—Rob Costello (0409 The four-part package aims to will have an opportunity to 432 346 or cossie0102@big- orations program. ensure the wellbeing of children The National 40th Coral address their child’s non-enrol- The battles were some of pond.com), by using income management and Balmoral Anniversary to encourage parents to behave ment or unexplained absences the fiercest and most protracted Committee, made up of repre- • 1 RAR Battalion Group— in socially responsible ways and before income management is actions fought by Australians in sentatives of the units involved Garry prendergast (02 6242 comprises the Northern Territory imposed. the Vietnam War. in the battles, has organised com- 4818 or pepev@internode. Emergency Response, the Cape The initiative affects parents Coral and Balmoral straddled memorative events in Canberra on.net), York trial, school enrolment and in the rest of Australia on DVA a route used by the enemy to and Townsville. • 3 RAR Battalion Group—John attendance, and child protection. income support or Centrelink approach and attack Saigon. The commemorations will robbins (02 6290 1948 or Income management may payments with primary school They came under heavy attack include a government reception firstname.lastname@example.org. affect parents receiving DVA children from 2009. as the 1st Australian Task Force in Canberra on 12 May 2008 au), income support or Centrelink The measure will include fam- disrupted enemy activity in the and a remembrance service at • Other Units—Laurie Bird (02 payments in cases where a state ilies with secondary school chil- area as part of Operation Toan the Australian Vietnam Forces 49548248 or birds_12@optus- or territory child welfare authori- dren in 2010. Thang, the 1ATF’s largest of the National Memorial on 13 May net.com.au). ty notifies Centrelink that income Gardens of Remembrance extended The child protection initia- management should be enforced. tive will commence nationally The Northern Territory from 1 July 2008 and will allow Emergency Response and the state and territory governments Cape York trial will not affect to direct Centrelink to income The commemorative walls at any DVA payments. manage welfare payments where the New South Wales and Hobart children are deemed at risk. Gardens of Remembrance have Veterans living in an affected community, however, and receiv- For more information read the been extended. ing a Centrelink payment such DVA fact sheet Welfare Payment The construction of 41 new as the family tax benefit may Reforms, contact DVA on 133 brick walls in the NSW garden have their Centrelink payments 254 or visit www.dva.gov.au. during June and September has provided space for 10,000 com- Get the facts on memorative plaques. In Tasmania, 11 new brick fraud investigation walls were added to the Hobart garden in September, making room for an extra 2000 plaques. DVA has released a series of treat people under investigation Gardens of Remembrance fact sheets to explain its fraud professionally, considerately and officially commemorate eligible investigation policies and to respectfully in accordance with veterans who have been privately help veterans and their families the DVA Service Charter and the buried or cremated. understand their rights and obli- Privacy Act and ensure that they Where official commemoration gations. are fully advised of their rights, cannot be provided at the grave The four-part series explains obligations and the investiga- site or crematorium, eligible war DVA’s obligation to investigate tion’s course. veterans are commemorated in suspected breaches of the law Interviews form an impor- perpetuity on individual bronze and protect the integrity of the tant part of an investigation, but plaques mounted on walls within Some of the new walls established recently at the Hobart Garden repatriation system. DVA under- stands, however, that most people unless advised otherwise, veter- the Garden of Remembrance. of Remembrance want to do the right thing. In fact, ans are not obliged to participate the most common forms of over- payments occur not through dis- and DVA will draw no adverse conclusions if veterans exercise Schools’ awards keep Anzac spirit alive honesty, but through confusion that right. School students across the laying a wreath at the Menin Gate School, Glenfield, New South or oversight and are normally In addition, veterans may have country have won awards for at Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium. Wales; resolved without the need for a family member, a friend, an ex- their efforts to keep the Anzac Local World War II veterans • Best innovative activity under- investigation. service organisation representa- spirit alive and to honour the serv- visited Mount Pleasant Primary taken by students—yarrilee There are times, however, tive, or a legal representative ice and sacrifice of Australia’s School to recount their experi- state school, hervey bay, when DVA may ask veterans or present at an interview. veterans. ences of the war. The students Queensland; and their families to participate in a Occasionally DVA will refer Mount Pleasant Primary compiled a book, Our Anzacs— • Best local history research formal investigation, often as the School, Western Australia, and In Appreciation, to record their undertaken by students— an investigation for prosecution, result of allegations or new infor- McAuley Catholic College, New reflections and what the Anzac st Joseph’s primary school, but only where there is evidence mation that suggest that benefits South Wales, are the national win- spirit meant to them. bombala, New south wales. of a deliberate and serious act of are being claimed improperly. ners of the Anzac Day Schools’ Four special category prizes dishonesty. The Anzac Day Schools’ Veterans concerned about the Awards for 2007, chosen from were also awarded this year: identity of DVA investigators The department has strict primary and secondary school Awards are funded under the guidelines to prevent prosecution • Best veteran and communi- Australian Government’s contacting them on the telephone winners in each state and terri- ty involvement organised by should call them back through of honest mistakes. tory. students—Greenhills primary Saluting Their Service com- the DVA switchboard (133 The fraud fact sheets are McAuley College history stu- school, Greensborough, memorations program. For more 254 or from regional Australia available from any DVA office dents travelled to the Western Victoria; information visit the Department 1800 555 254). or from the DVA website at Front, visiting the Somme and • Best use of technology by of Veterans’ Affairs website at In all circumstances, DVA will www.dva.gov.au/factsheets. Flanders Fields in Belgium and students—Glenwood Public www.dva.gov.au.