News at the RARA SA – 14 June 2024

The latest newsletter: RARA-SA – News – Week Ending Friday 14th June 2024

Please note RARA email address, especially for financial and membership matters is

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The RAR Tribe


Please canvas members and ask that, anyone who was deployed to any of the following missions, please consider writing and article for the RARA Duty First Magazine, (This is a National Magazine) deadline for articles are 01 Aug 24 and published 02 Sep 24, it is  to intended to highlight  the contribution of the ADF, AFP, DFAT & DVA achievements during the period 1999 >2012, in conjunction with a major commemoration which is to be held in Canberra for an event on 20 Sept 24. It is going to be televised by the ABC starting at 1000 and finishing at 1100

Articles can be of a personal nature or collective nature expressing their experiences during whatever mission, word doc format with JPEG images. Articles from those who continue to serve are most welcome.

The articles are intended to be displayed under the UN Peace Keeping Banner in the Spring Edition not necessarily the under unit/Assn banner

Articles can be sent to the Duty First Magazine Kyle McQueen  or Secretary RARA Greg Decker

Many Thanks

Keep Well & Travel Safe

“Keeping the Spirit Alive”

Supporting The Virtual War Memorial 




Secretary RARA National

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Combined RARA SA/7 RAR

Combined RARA SA/7 RAR Regimental Dinner

Saturday 20 July 2024 – 1800 for 1830 hours

Menu: TBA but will include: Entrée, Main (alt drop), Dessert

(Provided by Handmade Catering who have catered our last three Dinners)

Seating strictly limited to 40 for the RARA SA, so book early to confirm a seat.

Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to

Cost $85 per head (excluding alcohol)

Please remit via the RARA bank account,

BSB 015 237

Account no 484 328 191

Reference your name.

Or, pay cash at the RARA bar with your money in an envelope and your name on the envelope.

Reservations will close 6 July 2024, monies must be paid by that date – no refunds

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DVA Client Insights Survey


The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is running the 2024 Client Insights Survey(formerly Client Satisfaction Survey), which will close on Monday, 8 July 2024.

We are reaching out to advise you of this survey, and we would welcome your assistance to promote this opportunity to provide feedback to your networks in the veteran community.

The survey is now open and can be accessed and distributed via the following link:

Department of Veterans Affairs (

We encourage all veterans of the Australian Defence Force to share their views about interacting with DVA through this survey. We would be grateful if you would consider sharing this opportunity widely through your networks.

The Client Insights Survey seeks to understand clients’ perceptions of interactions with DVA, their overall experiences, and ideas for improvement. This feedback is critical to DVA’s ongoing efforts to improve the way we provide services and supports to veterans and their families.

ORIMA Research, an independent market research company, is conducting the survey on DVA’s behalf, and will ensure the collection of statistically robust and objective data.

Recent survey results indicate that more clients are willing to interact with the Department online. As a result, DVA is piloting an online version of the survey. Whereas the previous Client Satisfaction Survey only went to a small selection of clients, the online survey provides allDVA clients the opportunity to provide feedback. More clients will have the opportunity to have their say, can complete the survey in their own time and at their own pace.

Information about the survey, including previous years’ results can be found on DVA’s website

Thank you for your support

Yours sincerely

Alison McLaren | Deputy Secretary

Veteran, Family and Stakeholder Experience

6 June 2024

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Army News Edition Latest Issue

In this edition of Army News  

06 June, 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of Army News.

Click HERE to read this edition.

FINAL WELCOME: CDF reviews his last march-out parade – Page 2

LIGHT IT UP: Soldiers use live-fire tactics at night – Page 9

FRONTLINE LIFELINE: Deployable field hospital put to the test – Pages 12-13


To read the latest editions of Navy News and Air Force News click HERE


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Virtual War Memorial

If you have not visited this site yet, it is very interesting and has some current members of the RARA SA on it, including the President, Mike von Berg MC OAM and Robert “Dogs”Kearney.

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ADSO Papers

20240512 ADSO DISCUSSION PAPER 1-2024 Policy Objectives 2022-2025 (003)


ADSO members,

The attached two Discussion Papers are the first of other ADSO Papers on relevant subjects that from time to time will be sent to you for your consideration to help in the formulation of ADSO’s Decisions, Policies and Operational Plans.

Comments on all our Discussion Papers are invited.

In both Papers I’ve colour coded those policies/issues still alive but not acted upon by Government and others where Government action is afoot. Both Papers will assist your preparation for the After-AGM Discussion Forum on 31 May 2024.

Attachment 1. Current ADSO Policy Objectives

In preparation for the next Federal Election (possible in the time range of November 2024-May 2025) we need to review our current Policy Objectives 2022-2025 and to recognise that both the present Labor Government and Coalition Opposition failed to respond to our

request (April 2022) for their consideration and response before, nor since the 2022 Election.

Note that the Status Table is an example from a previous Election.

Attachment 2. ADSO’S Current Defence Family Concerns

This Paper identifies current Defence Family Concerns. There may be others specific to you own organisation: if so please tell me with a summary for addition to our List.

Note that this document will form the core part of our forthcoming ADSO Update.



Acting ADSO Secretary

If I do not answer your call please send a text message to return your call

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ESORT Briefing Papers

ESO Portal Discovery Project – Co-design Insights Summary Report

DRAFT ESORT Communique – 14 May 2024 – FINAL

Budget 2024-25 Presentation ESORT

Article for NCF

Older item below:

ESORT briefing Taskforce presentation 11 July 2023

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RSL 2023 Annual Report


If you wish to read it:



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ESO Portal Discovery Project – Co-design Insights Summary Report [SEC=OFFICIAL]

ESO Portal Discovery Project – Co-design Insights Summary Report

Dear ESO (Ex-service Organisation)/Advocate

I’m writing to provide you with an update on the ESO Portal Discovery Project.

As part of the Modernisation Program, DVA gathered evidence and insights to identify improvement opportunities for the advocate community to transact with DVA. You may recall last year you assisted us in inviting advocates to complete a survey to improve the way in which they transact with DVA online.  The survey was part of a co-design approach to gain a deep understanding of the ESO Portal system: the people, processes and technology that enable the service. ​DVA received a total of 375 responses to the survey, with 209 respondents registering their interest in further advocate co-design activities. ​

Interviews were also conducted with 10 advocates who were representative of diverse roles and significant experience. ​All the advocates interviewed were generous with their time and provided invaluable insights to their experience. The project team is very grateful for their input to this research. ​

Commentary provided by interviewees largely aligned with survey findings, but the interviews permitted a deeper dive into common themes as well as the opportunity to focus on technology pain points. Insights derived from these co-design activities have been summarised in the attached report which I am pleased to provide to you now for your reference. You may like to pass it on to other advocates in your organisation. ​​These insights will guide and inform the future of the ESO Portal or alternative.​

Co-design is an ongoing process. DVA will plan further co-design activities suitable for the next phases in a potential advocate portal project should the proposed solution receive funding.

Thank you for your efforts to promote the MyService Experience Survey. It remains open until 16 May 2024. We would be grateful if you could encourage further uptake of the survey. Here is a link to the survey. Further information is available in a news item on the DVA website.

Kind regards

 Janice Silby

Assistant Secretary

Income Support Branch

Deputy Commissioner SA

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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Book Launch 19 April 2024 @ RARA SA

Below are a selection of photos from the highly successful book launch of Andrew Faulkner’s Guts, Glory and Blunder: Noreuil 1917 – The Forgotten Fight.


Book Launch Andrew & MelanieBook Launch President Mike von BergBook Launch Patron Steve LarkinBook Launch Colin & GregBook Launch Bar ServiceBook Launch Group early tooBook Launch Steven Marshall and Maria

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Signed Essendon Player Jumper Presentation By Kevin Sheedy

On Friday 5 April the RARA was presented with a Essendon guernsey by Kevin Sheedy

Essendon 1

L to R: Honourable Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism, Special Minister of State, Hon. Senator Don Farrell /RARA-SA Vice President (and RARA-SA (Burnside) RSL President) Rod Graham at rear / Burnside Mayor Anne Monceaux /Local member for the State seat of Bragg, Jack Batty MP / AFL Legend and former Nasho (21 Construction Squadron RAE 1969/1971) Kevin Sheedy AO / Local Member for the Federal seat of Sturt, James Stevens

Essendon 2

L to R:  Local Member for the Federal seat of Sturt, James Stevens / Honourable Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism, Special Minister of State, Hon. Senator Don Farrell / Squadron Leader Ash Wright 453 Squadron RAAF / AFL Legend and Former Nasho (21 Construction Squadron RAE 1969/1971) Kevin Sheedy AO / WO2 Scott Cawsey LWC – rear / Local member for the State seat of Bragg,  Jack Batty MP / WO2 Jack Marshall AUR / 10/27 RSAR RSM WO1 Scott Hannan

Essendon 3


Kevin Sheedy at Rose Park



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Harmonization of Acts – VEA,MRCA,SIRCA

Please note, potential changes to the Acts

Veterans Entitlements

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Latest RARA SA Infantryman

Click on the link to you copy of the August edition of The INFANTRYMAN

The link is Virus and Malware free and safe to open.


For April 2023

Infantryman December 2022

For  August 2022 Infantryman August 2022 – Copy

April 2022  Infantryman 8 April 2022

and, for December 2021


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Film posted by John Neervoort

I have posted a number of videos on Youtube of film that I took on 6RAR’s second tour in 1969-70. Each video is about 5 minutes long.  There is no commentary, just appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. I originally did these for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum so they could be used on a free standing TV operated by the viewer alongside the museum item on display (eg, film of guns firing next to a 105mm howitzer).

One special film is when I went on a flight with Jade 8 (between operations) and witnessed an airstrike by Canberra bombers from the air. Years later after contacting Chris in Texas, he said he had taped the cockpit conversations between the Forward Air Controller (himself) and a flight of Canberra bombers on a similar airstrike. I have included that to add to the authenticity. I believe the film of the bombs dropping from the Canberra is unique in that can only be done from the perspective of a Forward Air Controller.

Vietnam War Aussie Armour

Vietnam War Aussie Artillery

Vietnam War Aussie Airstrike

Vietnam War Aussie Infantry

Vietnam War Aussie Hueys

Vietnam War Aussie Navy

Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau

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Latest media releases from Veteran Affairs


ABS Census slides – July 2022

Financial Assistance  Helping Veterans to Stay at Home

Additional mental health support for white card holders


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National Servicemen in Combat

An interesting read    National-Servicemen-in-Combat

Courtesy Dave Wilkins OAM and 5RAR Website

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Pocket Book for National Servicemen

Courtesy of the 5RAR website, here is some historical information which may help revive a number of fading memories

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DFRDB Matters


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Two Items Worth Revisiting

Click on the image for improved viewing, 1967 I think.


Join Army

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