AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION NSW
SUPPORTING AUSTRALIA'S AIRPOWER
Connecting the Air Force family with each other and the community since 1921

An introduction to Advocacy, Entitlement and Support.

WE CAN HELP YOU

  • The Air Force Association plus most local Ex-service organisations and Legacy clubs will have trained Compensation and/or Welfare Advocates or are able to guide you to a suitably trained representative nearby your local area.
  • They should be able to personally assist you or point you in the right direction to get your issue managed.
  • Compensation Advocates are dedicated to ensuring that any Service related accepted causal agent that affects your health is adequately compensated under the Acts.
  • Welfare Advocates are dedicated to open doors to show you the way to access the services you need to resolve your particular day to day living problem.
  • Initially, contact RAAFA NSW or any of the listed Advocates or your local Ex-service organisation.

COMPENSATION & WELFARE ADVOCATES

  • Are Volunteers,
  • Do not get or ask for payment,
  • Have experienced the ADF, so understand where you are coming from,
  • Don't require you to join their organisation,
  • Operate from a highly ethical base and that Officer must maintain all received information confidentially.

Entitlements are managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs under legislative Acts.

Claims by currently serving and ex-service personnel will be subject to one or more of the following Acts:

  • Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA)
  • Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA)
    • The new Act, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) replaces the SRCA from 12 October 2017. 
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA)

Advocates are your supporting guide through the legislative mine field, particularly when the nature of claim/s are or become complex.

Advocate Training

The Advocacy Training and Development Programme (ATDP) is designed to ensure that all practitioners are trained to a common high standard nationally.
The ATDP is a partnership with the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), Ex-service Organisations (ESOs) and the Department of Defence. RAAFA NSW is one of the prominent ESO's.
The vision of the ATDP is to train and develop nominated practitioners to provide high quality advocacy services to current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their dependents, covering rehabilitation, compensation, appeals and welfare.
Training levels are: Level 1 Basic, Level 2 Intermediate, Level 3 Advocate, and Level 4 AAT Advocate.
The ATDP will introduce a Nationally Accredited training program, and through competency based training and development, will help to ensure a high standard of advocacy services are provided to veterans, irrespective of where they live or when they served.
It embraces the spirit of mates helping mates and builds on many of the initiatives pioneered by our predecessors energetically in developing and delivering advocacy courses.
After a 12 month transition period, ATDP became operational on 01 July 2017. 
As at 31 July 2017, the key implementation progress includes:

  • The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredited 10620NAT Course in Military Advocacy on 30 April 2017 and registered the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver the course a couple of months later.
  • The ATDP Homepage is the key site for ATDP information and links: http://www.atdp.org.au/atdpMain.php (Its appearance and content is under further development).
  • ‘The Orderly Room’ is now the prime location for detailed information/‘links’ on advocacy issues generally and alternative site for ATDP activities: http://theorderlyroom.blogspot.com.au/
  • Mentors trained: 272
  • Workplace Assessors trained: 43
  • Consolidation Course Learning Facilitator training is scheduled for the third week in September. 
  • Level 1 candidates undertaking on-line learning and mentoring/OJT:
    • Welfare: 177
    • Compensation: 158
  • Consolidation Course and Workplace Assessment of Level 1 candidates and will be scheduled as soon as 5 or more have completed their on-line courses, OJT and Mentoring.
  • RPL (accreditation at Level 2 of TIP-trained practitioners):  
    • Welfare: 143
    • Compensation: 209
  • With RTO register to deliver the Course in Military Advocacy, Statements of Attainment will be issued. RPL-ed personnel will receive their SoA shortly. 
  • Invitations for Level 1 TIP-trained practitioners to undertake RPL should be canvassed in the third-fourth quarters of this CY.
  • Accredited advocates are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to sustain continual improvement of their knowledge and skills. 
  • The formal CPD program is expected to begin in January 2018; however, mentors will start working with advocates soon to develop a program of profession readings.
  • The formal learning and development activities will be joined by culture change and quality assurance activities in 2018.

LISTING OF RAAF NSW OR RELATED ESO's TRAINED
COMPENSATION and WELFARE ADVOCATES

More information will be added as locations advise available service

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 1
John Ronan
Home: (02) 4729 1246
Email: joh.ronan3@gmail.com

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 3
Ray Westwell
Home: (02) 6352 1945
Mobile: 0404 489 734
Email: westwellray@hotmail.com

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 4
Richard Kelloway
Home: (02) 66531455
Mobile: 0412 165 405

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 2
Glenise Maher
Home: (02) 6568 3048
Mobile: 0432 333 029

Compensation Advocate Level 2
Geoff Maher
Home: (02) 6568 3048
Mobile: 0432 333 029

Visitation Team
Padre Graham Whelan
Home: (02) 6652 6854
Mobile: 0429 955 857

Visitation Team
Leonie Andersen
Home: (02) 6652 6854
Mobile: 0429 955 857

Visitation Team
Catherine Turner
Mobile: 0417 675 452

VETERANS' ADVOCACY CENTRE
Suites 5-7, 78B Main Street Alstonville NSW 2477
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Compensation Advocate Level 4
Allan Thomas
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Compensation Advocate Level 3
Adrian Walsh (AJ)
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Compensation Advocate Level 3
Trevor Plymin
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Compensation Advocate Level 2
Pauline Maczkowiack
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Compensation Advocate Level 2
Tony Olive
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Welfare Advocate Level 2
Liz Hill
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Welfare Advocate Level 1
Di McClelland
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Mens Health Education Level
Rob Fry
Office: 02 6628 3096
Email: admin@veteransadvocacycentre.com

Compensation Advocate Level 4
William Forsbey JP
Mobile: 0411 266 932
Email: pensions@raafradar.org.au

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 3
Del Heuke
Home: (02) 6557 0779
Email: delnfred@optusnet.com.au

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 2
Bob Metcalfe
Home: (02) 6582 6280
Email: rjmet60@gmail.com

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 2
Alf Smith
Home: (02) 6584 7234
Mobile: 0412 709 896
Email: sandalf@bigpond.net.au

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 3
John Fenton
Office: (02) 4728 5225
Home: (02) 4647 9742
Email: johnf@penrithrsl.com.au

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 3
Ron Glew
Office: (02) 9393 2324
Home: (02) 9818 7280
Mobile: 0418 261 528
Email: glewie@bigpond.net.au

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 2
Rick Anthoney
Home: (02) 9831 1645
Email: ranthoney@bigpond.com

Compensation and Welfare Advocate Level 2
Terry Pracy
Home: (07) 5448 2028
Email: g_gnome@bigpond.com