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Our website has been designed to provide information and communication for Ex Service Personnel who are eligible for, and granted, or in receipt, of the Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Compensation (TPI’s) or Special Rate (SR) payments referred to in Section 24 of the Veterans Entitlements Act (VEA) 1986 (as amended) or the Military Rehabilitation Compensation Act (MRCA) 2004 as determined by the Department for Veterans Affairs.

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Becoming a Member of your State/Territory TPI Association has many benefits for you and your family through generous concessions gained for you by either the TPI Federation or the State/Territory Associations.

Nationally this includes concessional travel via the Great Southern Railways as well as Fleet Discounts on new/used motor vehicles as well as a host of other National & Local Government concessions and benefits, which will be outlined, to you when joining your appropriate State/Territory Association.

The Australian TPI Federation also has representation on a number of Federal Government Committees that deal with matters relevant to Veteran issues and all determinations from these are forwarded to all State/Territory bodies for dissemination to all their TPI Members.

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Monday 19 April 2021
Joint Media release — Establishment of a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide
The death of any Australian Defence Force member or veteran is one death too many and a tragedy that is deeply felt by all Australians. Tragically, and heartbreakingly, this includes death by suicide.

Recognising this, the Government will take the step of recommending to the Governor-General the establishment of a Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans Suicide, following a period of consultation on draft Terms of Reference, with the relevant community and state and territory governments.

The Royal Commission will complement the Government’s existing initiative to establish a permanent National Commission to proactively deal with future issues, including taking on other recommendations of a Royal Commission.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Royal Commission will be set up after listening to community calls for a national inquiry focusing on the systemic issues faced by Australian Defence Force members and veterans that too often results in their loss of life to suicide.

“Suicide prevention is a key priority for the Federal Government,” the Prime Minister said.

“We have always recognised that the rate of suicide of Australian Defence Force members and veterans is unacceptably high,” the Prime Minister said.

“In recognising the sacrifices made by our serving and former members and their families on behalf of the nation, we owe it to members, veterans and their families to continue to take action.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Royal Commission was another step in our efforts to build confidence, trust and hope for current and future veterans and their families that they will be supported.

“This will provide an opportunity for us all to reset, further increase our understanding of this issue, and unite the Parliament, the ex-service community, and the families who have been affected by suicide,” Minister Chester said.

“As a nation we take great pride in the men and women who have served our nation in uniform, and as a Government we have committed to help them with any mental or physical issues that are a result of that service.”

The Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash said the Attorney-General's Department will provide administrative support to the Royal Commission.

"Reducing lives lost to suicide is a priority for the Morrison Government."

"Our aim for this Royal Commission is that it will shed light on the critical steps we need to take so that we can reduce these heartbreaking cases of suicide."

Crucially, the Royal Commission will not defer, delay or limit, in any way, any proposed or announced policy, legislation or regulation that we are currently implementing.

The Government intends that the Royal Commission and the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention will be established together and operate in a complementary way to achieve long-term change.

The Royal Commission will look at past deaths by suicide (including suspected suicides and lived experience of suicide risks) from a systemic point of view, while the National Commissioner will have a forward-looking role, including overseeing the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

The National Commissioner Bill currently before the Parliament will be amended to ensure their work complements the work of the Royal Commission and examines deaths by suicide in the defence and veteran community that occur after the Royal Commission has handed down their final report.

Given the complex issues for consideration, and the importance of hearing from Australian Defence Force members, veterans and their families, the Government envisages that three Commissioners will be needed to lead the inquiry.Consultation is underway to appoint these candidates.

Minister Chester will lead a public consultation process on the draft Terms of Reference and the Prime Minister will write to First Ministers inviting their contributions to the draft Terms of Reference with the view of a joint Commonwealth-State Royal Commission.

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring all the systems of support for our veterans and their families are working together, and importantly that when someone who may be struggling reaches out for help, which we are there to support them.

The DVA Secretary, Liz Cosson, AM CSC has advised -
As you may be aware, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, has announced the Government will recommend to the Governor-General the establishment of a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. I have attached a copy of the Joint Media statement and the proposed themes for consultation to inform the draft Terms of Reference. You will be invited to contribute to these TOR.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, will lead a public consultation process on the draft Terms of Reference. I will provide further advice in relation to seeking your input and involvement in this consultation separately.
As you all appreciate, we are all working to find ways to support veterans and their families, to build and sustain wellbeing and support good mental health and reduce veteran suicide, each and every day, and I can assure you that we will continue to do so while the Royal Commission takes place.
The Royal Commission will examine the systemic issues and any common themes and past deaths by suicide of Australian Defence Force members and veterans and the experience of members and veterans who may continue to be at risk of suicide.
It will examine all aspects of service in the Australian Defence Force and the experience of those transitioning from active service; the availability and quality of health and support services; pre-service and post-service issues for members and veterans; members’ and veterans’ social and family contexts, such as family breakdown, as well as housing and employment issues for members and veterans.
The Royal Commission will complement the Government’s existing initiative to establish a permanent National Commission to proactively deal with future issues, including taking on other recommendations of a Royal Commission.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will participate fully in the process while maintaining the important supports and services to the veteran community.
We share the view that the only acceptable number of Defence and veteran deaths by suicide is zero. Suicide is an issue that not only impacts veterans and military personnel, but has sadly become more prevalent in the community.

It is possible that the Royal Commission will bring up issues for some of your members. I would be grateful if you could pass on to them that mental health support is always available through DVA. They can reach out to Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 24/7.
TPI Federation of Australia
TPI Federation of Australia
The TPI Federation's Report - Apr 21 is provided for the information of all TPI/SRs and their families - https://bit.ly/3dz8KZJ.
Also provided is a Notice to TPI/SR Members from the TPI Federation Executive & Board of Directors, from the recent TPI Federation Congress meeting, - https://bit.ly/31ZkqQl - which is to address some issues that have been presented by the recent surge of emails.
For further information - www.tpifed.org.au

Dear Twitter
On 11th Nov, pse remember that 28,000 of Australia’s most disabled TPI #Veterans have been ‘DUDDED!’
@TPIFED’s Media Release in response to PM’s Tune Review.
Letter to PM is here: https://t.co/sNKAR4n8JT
https://t.co/mg3TdFIkZg
https://t.co/cBPvloGINA
Pse retweet https://t.co/CPYlvI3sQl
TPIFED photo

Dear Twitter,
On 11th NOV, pse remember that 28,000 of Australia’s most disabled TPI #Veterans have been ‘DUDDED!’
@TPIFED's Media Release in response to PM’s Tune Review.
Letter to PM is here: https://t.co/hcrznehich
https://t.co/mg3TdFIkZg
https://t.co/cBPvloGINA
Pse retweet https://t.co/gb8Puih2u1
TPIFED photo