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Patriots Australia

Vet Affairs Letter

The Autumn 2017 edition of Vetaffairs is now available on DVA's website.

You can also view this issue in interactive Realview pdf format.

You might also be interested in our online noticeboard.

Below are some of the stories covered in this issue. (Please note that to open web links on this page you may need to right click and select 'open').

Fall of Singapore

Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the national 75th anniversary commemoration service to remember those who died and suffered during the Fall of Singapore. The event took place on 15 February 2017 in Ballarat, Victoria.

On the same day, a life-size bronze statue of an elderly mother clutching a framed photo of her son killed in war was unveiled at the new Garden of the Grieving Mother in Ballarat.

Pensions and allowances rise

Veterans’ pensions were increased from 20 March 2017 following the latest round of indexation adjustments.

The Digital Readiness Bill

On 29 March, Parliament passed the Digital Readiness Bill. This is an important development in giving DVA 21st-century tools to provide a 21st-century service that veterans deserve.

Decision on the Long Tan Cross site commemorations

The Vietnamese government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.

Using your DVA Health Card

There are a few things worth remembering when using your DVA Health Card.

Overseas Anzac Day services – opening times and registration

This year, visitors are encouraged to register for a free attendance pass for the services at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.

Commemorations throughout 2017

This year is the penultimate year of the Anzac Centenary commemorative period, spanning 2014 to 2018. It will feature several milestone commemorations domestically and overseas to recognise Australian service and sacrifice since Federation.


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General News

05 May 18
Posted by: deaks
The Members of the NSW Barwon & Hunter Valley Chapters put on a promotion drive at the Tamworth Shannons Motor Show the weekend of May 5th 18.
19 Nov 17
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Well done Riverina Chapter, click more for further details.
06 Jul 17
Posted by: jase1399
Moreton Bay Chapter hold their annual Tattoo and Rockabilly Show, in the process raising $2000.00 for Legacy!

Chapter News

02 Apr 18
Posted by: jase1399
NSWSC President Report:
13 Dec 17
Posted by: jase1399
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30 Oct 17
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Probationary Chapters

Proposed new Chapters are required to have a minimum number of Members (7), an Application for a new Chapter will only be processed where the minimal number of Members has been achieved. Members may be drawn from any existing Chapter or Chapter nominees to be made up after the Chapter is formed. During the probationary period they cannot mentor new Probationary Chapters. They must also prove that they can abide by the rules and ethos of the Club prior to being granted their Charter (Nat Constitution 15).


There has been keen interest from ex Military motorcyclists to re-establish the Tasmanian Chapter of PAMMC. If you are an Ex Patriot & had to resign when the old Chapter closed down, here is an opportunity to rejoin & experience the camaraderie you enjoyed before. Please contact the National Secretary at natsec01@patriots-australia.com for further details.

About Us

The Patriots are a motorcycle club for regular, reserve and ex-serving members of the defence force (Army, Navy and Air Force) Patriots Australia has been around since 1993 and were established because at one time or another, most of us would have liked to join an established club, but found that due to constant postings, this became difficult to achieve.

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Latest Honours

  • Chapter of the Year
    Congratulations to Hunter Valley who have been awarded Chapter of the Year for 2017.
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    Congratulations to Chainsaw who has been awarded Patriot of the Year for 2017.

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