Media Statement – RSL NSW welcomes announcement made in 2020/21 budget
RSL NSW welcomes announcements made in last night’s Federal Budget that will see further investment in a range of veteran welfare and transition services, including the establishment of the Joint Transition Authority.
With more than $100 million allocated over four years to improve mental health outcomes and provide vital transition services for the veteran community, consultation with ex-service organisations in the effective establishment and consistent implementation of these funds will be critical to its success.
The RSL is uniquely positioned to support the functions of the Joint Transition Authority. As a nationwide ex-service organisation with significant capabilities, including a network of sub-Branches, it can provide or connect veterans to critical support services for transitioning and former ADF personnel, while also providing camaraderie and connection to community as a member-based organisation.
Ray James, Acting President, RSL NSW:
“We welcome the funding announcements made in last night’s budget and thank the Morrison Government for its commitment to implementing recommendations of the Productivity Commission, furthering veteran transition services and providing a continued focus on veteran mental health. We look forward to engaging with the Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other stakeholders to play our part in ensuring such measures will make a real impact where it is most needed, and provide assurances.”
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