Veterans issues

We are here to assist the Western Australian veteran community.

There are more than 30,000 Western Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Force. Each year, hundreds more leave the defence force to join our veteran community. 

The Veterans Office develops policies and initiatives that support the veteran community, promote the wellbeing of WA veterans, commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel, and establish WA as a state that welcomes and supports veterans and their families.

Perth War Memorial Kings Park Western Australia


Veterans employment

Veterans are an untapped economic resource. Veterans have already undergone a rigorous selection process and receive world-class training in a world-class organisation. Any organisation can increase the chance of landing a quality employee by recruiting from a quality pool of people. 

We are working with the defence industry and corporate employers, the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Logistics and Defence Training Council and the Public Sector Commission to develop clear pathways to employment for veterans in Western Australia.

Defence West is inviting employers to explore ways to help veterans overcome barriers to finding work. If you are interested in hosting a member of the Australian Defence Force or recently discharged veteran on a work experience placement or perhaps consider having your HR department mentor a veteran in their job search efforts then contact us at These types of initiatives cost your organisation very little and will make a big difference to veterans currently looking for work.

Defence West has produced a video featuring several veterans outlining the difficulties they faced in their search for work.

Veterans Central

The Anzac House Veteran Central facility provides a comprehensive suite of services to as many Western Australian veterans as possible and their family members.

The 7-storey facility, located at 28 St Georges Terrace Perth, on the corner of Irwin Street in the Perth CBD, is easily accessible by train or bus with ample nearby car parking.

The facility features:

  • A fully-maintained concierge on the ground floor to direct veterans and family members to required destinations.
  • A fully-equipped medical floor with a wide range of services, from GP appointments through to day surgery and consulting services by specialist doctors and surgeons. Allied health support such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy will also be available. For the most part, all these services will be provided free to veterans and direct dependents.
  • Comprehensive mental health support with the co-location and/or visitations of appropriately qualified Veteran Service Providers, including psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Meeting rooms for Ex-Service Organisations and Veteran Service Providers, as well as small and large conferencing facilities.
  • A family-orientated facility called Poppy Lane Café on the ground floor.
  • A large Anzac Club facility for social interaction. The facility will include high standard food and beverages, a restaurant and reading areas – all themed with veterans and serving ADF members in mind.

For more information visit RSLWA Veteran Central 2019 (PDF).

Veterans commemorations


4 soldiers sitting in a field during the Korean War

Commemoration plays an important role in recognising the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

For more information visit Veteran commemorative events.

Anzac Day Trust Grants

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Anzac Day Trust Grants

Anzac Day Trust Grant 2021 is closed and applications for 2022 will open in July.

Anzac Day Trust Grants are available to ex-service organisations to support the welfare of ex-service personnel and their families. It was established as part of the Anzac Day Act 1960, which stipulates that part proceeds from race meetings and organised and sporting events held on Anzac Day would be paid into the Trust fund.

Each year, the Minister for Veterans invites ex-service organisations to apply for a grant from the Trust. The trustees, appointed under section 10 of the Anzac Day Act 1960, review the applications and make recommendations for funding to the Minister.

The grant applications are considered on an annual basis and open mid-July of each year with applications closing at the end of August. Applicants are informed of the outcome with announcements made in November.

Please visit the Anzac Day Trust Grants 2021 webpage  for more information.

Protecting the word ‘Anzac’

The Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations 1921 (Cth) (the Regulations) broadly state that to use the word 'Anzac' (or any word resembling the word 'Anzac') in an official or corporate manner, permission from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs is required. The Use of the Word Anzac Guidelines (the Guidelines) associated with the Regulations can be found here.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is responsible for the administration of the Regulations on the Minister’s behalf, including managing applications to use the word ‘Anzac’.

Page reviewed 11 October 2021