DVA Client Satisfaction Survey

Please see the attached email from Secretary DVA below. If we could get this information out as widely as we possibly can to enable individuals to have their say as per the questionnaire which can be found on the on line DVA link.

SEC Approved – 2018 CSS Stakeholder Letter ESORT


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Army Newspaper Edition 1423 – 12 July18

The latest edition of Army News is now available to view online: www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews

NEW ERA: We welcome new service chiefs for Army and the Defence Force. – Pages 2-3

AMPHIBIOUS: 2RAR tests new capability off Hawaii during Exercise RimPac. – Pages 4-5

AT THE READY: Conclusion of Exercise Hamel symbolises transition of 7 Bde to the ready brigade. – Pages 13-16

 And in sport:

BLUE STEEL: Pte Talesha Quinn stars for NSW in their victory over Queensland in the women’s rugby league State of Origin. – Pages 27-28 

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2018 Major Events

Members and Friends of the RARA SA.

On Friday 23 November, we will be combining a the Regimental Birthday with Xmas drinks for our friends.  Again this is going to be externally catered by Cheryl’s Cuisine at a cost of $10 per head, but free for our invited guests.

Finally, or Friday 14 December, we will have our Xmas party for members with a BBQ.

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Regimental Dinner 2018

Yet again, a highly enjoyable and successful Dinner with fabulous food, great friends and wonderful comradeship.

A selection of photos below


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A Duty Done 2nd edition

Here is a copy of the 2nd edition of A Duty Done;

 ADD 2 Ed Combined MkII (3)    posted on 27 June 18.


To order the original book, please view this  A Duty Done Order_Form_Sep

If paying by EFT, please ensure you place your initials and surname as the reference.  If you have a specific book number, also please insert that ,e.g.  VX Smith 591

You can also read the original A Duty Done here.

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Introduction of the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018

 The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester MP, introduced yesterday the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018 into the House of Representatives. 

If you would like to access the Bill and Explanatory Memorandum, they can be found on the Parliament House website at: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6117  

In addition, DVA’s legislation web page contains explanations of each of the measures in the Bill: https://www.dva.gov.au/about-dva/legislation/veterans-affairs-legislation-amendment-veteran-centric-reforms-no2-2018-bill 

Briefly, the Bill contains six measures:

  1. Incapacity stepdown: pay former Australian Defence Force members’ incapacity payments at 100 per cent of their Normal Weekly Earnings while they are undertaking full time study as part of an approved rehabilitation program.
  2. Suicide Prevention Pilot: provide intensive support to those who have attempted suicide, are experiencing a suicidal crisis or are at risk of suicide following their discharge from hospital.
  3. MRCA wholly dependent partners: give wholly dependent partners under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) 2 years instead of 6 months to decide how they would like to take their compensation.
  4. Long Tan Bursary: amend the Long Tan Bursary Scheme to provide financial support for the education of the grandchildren of a Vietnam veteran who has operational service in Vietnam.
  5. Submarine Special Operations: deem a submariner who has served on a Submarine Special Operation between 1 January 1978 and 31 December 1992 to have rendered operational service for any time they were on a submarine between these periods.
  6. MRCA compensation claim: remove the requirement for a claim for compensation under the MRCA to be made in writing (it will be able to be made orally.


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Latest Photos from the RARA SA

Greek Night – 4 May 18.

A highly successful evening with more than 65 guests enjoying a feast provided by Tim, Tas, Con & Sia.

and the 3RARA SA Quiz Day – 6 May 18

Photos courtesy of Jeff & Carol

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Anzac Day 2018


A selection of photos, all self-explanatory

And, 7RAR Parading

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Kapyong/Korea Commemoration Service at RARA SA HQ

Troops, young and old

Kapyong_Kore Service 2018

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April 2018 Edition of the Infantryman

This is the current issue of the Infantryman

Infantryman final 2 March 2018

Below is December 2017

Infantryman December 2017 Dec 4

Below is the August 2017 issue

Infantryman August 2017

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RARA SA Wine Tasting 25 March 2018

What a great afternoon of eating drinking and generally making merry with wonderful friends along with our two very learned wine experts in William Smidmore and Mike von Berg.  Of course without the wonderful team of workers who made it all happen and come together  and of course the Caterers who did a fabulous job and making life a little easier for the team – if I mention names then sure as eggs somebody will be left out and we cannot let that happen.    

So a great day had by all. Cheers. Mrs. Vice (aka Lynn Graham)

And photos – courtesy of Penelope & Bruce Forster – below, as always, click on photos for better viewing and captions.


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Colonel Don Beard

Esteemed elder of the RARA SA Colonel Don Beard AM RFD ED has provided an interesting article and a number of photos of  his time in Japan and Korea.  Another esteemed elder, Colonel Peter Scott, has provided the captions.  You may have to rotate a couple of the photos whilst viewing.

Article by Colonel Don Beard AM RFD ED

L to R Major Don Beard, Medical Officer BCOF Hospital Kure, Randolph Churchill visiting journalist, Jean Irvine, Nurse in BCOF Hospital, Kure, circa 1950

Stretcher Bearers of 3RAR carrying casualty through the snow. Captain Don Beard RMO 3RAR Somewhere at the rear. Probably during early 1951.

Likely 3RAR soldiers cleaning weapons in Korea circa 1951

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RARA SA Regimental Dinner 19 Aug 2017

Here are a few photos of our highly successful dinner.  As always, by selecting a photo you will be able to view a better photo as well as the caption for it.

And some nostalgic memories of our May 2013 Regimental Dinner


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Members 2017 Xmas Party

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7RAR – Freedom of the City – 8 September 17

Below are a selection of photos of 7RAR’s parade and march through Adelaide.  As ever, click on the photo for improved viewing.

7RAR 2ic Major Scott Golden with Certificate granting Freedom of the City



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Two Items Worth Revisiting

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


Join Army

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Long Tan Day 2017

See a selection of photos taken at the Long Tan Day Service held at the Torrens Parade Ground.  As always, click on the photos for improved viewing and captions.


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RCB Update

Please view the latest news on the RCB campaign here RCB Update

There is an extensive history to this campaign under the Advocacy tab (above).

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for July 2017, Issue No 31

Here is the latest Holdfast.  In this edition, there are numerous excellent articles and photos including one of 5 RAR’s Sergeant Rod Lees after the mine incident in June 1969 – the photo was supplied by Rod.


There is a very interesting article about FSB Andersen during February 1968.  Many of our 3RAR comrades will remember this Operation


Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page


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The Casualty List

The Casualty List has been off line for some time, here it is revived.

Note by clicking on the sub-headings, unit or coy/pl for example, you can then filter your searches.


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