Victorian Veterans Council

Victorian Veterans CouncilThe Victorian Veterans Council is an independent statutory body established in 2006 under the Veterans Act 2005. The Council plays an important role supporting Victoria's veterans and reporting directly to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs on issues affecting the Victorian veteran community.

In addition to advising the Minister, the Council distributes the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the Victorian Veterans Fund. The Council also administers the Anzac Centenary Community Grants program and provides advice to the Minister for Consumer Affairs on specific matters relating to the regulation of patriotic funds.

The Council promotes collaboration and coordination across the broad range of ex-service organisations in Victoria and assists and advises patriotic fund trustees on options for the use of patriotic funds.

The Victorian Veterans Council is the trustee for six patriotic funds which are administered in accordance with Part 4 of the Veterans Act 2005. For more information about the patriotic funds administered by the Victorian Veterans Council.

Annual Report

Read the 2015-16 Victorian Veterans Council Annual Report (PDF, 2.16 MB)

For an Accessible version of the Annual Report, please contact at (03) 9651 2268 or


The Victorian Veterans Council has 11 members, of whom at least 8 must be members of the ex-service community or members of ex-service organisations. All members are appointed by the Governor in Council.

The Chair and Deputy Chair must be veterans. There are legislated positions for two important and longstanding ex-service organisations: the State Branch of the Returned and Services League and Melbourne Legacy.

The Veterans Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet provides secretariat support to the Victorian Veterans Council. Contact the Victorian Veterans Council

Members include:

  • Rear Admiral John Lord, AM (Retd) - Chair
  • Col Stuart Dodds - Deputy Chair
  • Lt Col Laureen Grimes
  • Mr Peter Tanner (ex-RAN)
  • Dr Ross Bastiaan, AM RFD
  • Brigadier Michael Annett, CSC - RSL representative
  • Ms Elizabeth Brown
  • Lt Col Nathan Crowley
  • Wing Commander Sharyn Bolitho (RAAFAR)
  • Lt Col Adrian Lombardo (Retd) - Legacy representative
  • Ms Kim McAliney

Read the biographies of the Victorian Veterans Councils members (Word - 30.52 KB)

Victorian Veterans Sector Study Reports

In 2015, the Victorian Veterans Council undertook a review of the Victorian veterans sector via community consultation sessions and online surveys.

The results of that review have now been released in the Veterans Sector Study Report. This review gives the Victorian Government a fresh understanding of the priorities of our veterans.

The report raises a series of key themes and makes 14 recommendations to help better assist veterans and commemorate their sacrifice. Further advice from the Victorian Veterans Council and ex-service community will be given to the Government on the priorities in the report, which will direct ongoing work in the sector.

In 2008, the Victorian Veterans Council undertook the first in-depth study of Victoria's veteran community to identify issues confronting the veterans sector.

Read the

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Patriotic Funds

Patriotic funds represent monies raised from the public for the benefit of the veteran community from appeals relating to significant commemorative events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and from private and public subscription.

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Scholarship Fund – Albert Coates Memorial Trust

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Scholarship Fund, in association with the Albert Coates Memorial Trust, provides funding for scholarships to be awarded to students who are studying courses for the training of paramedics, nurses and doctors in emergency care at Victorian universities. The scholarships are for either post graduate students or second year undergraduate students.

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Scholarship Fund No 1 – Nurses Memorial Centre

The Fund provides support for scholarship grants awarded on an annual basis to students that are undertaking postgraduate studies in care of the older person or Palliative Care at a recognised Victorian University. The Funds administered by the Veterans Council are appointed to the Nurses Memorial Centre as facilitator of the scholarships.

The War Widows and Widowed Mothers Association Scholarship Fund

This Fund supports scholarships awarded by the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia (Ballarat) to students undertaking postgraduate study in the fields of palliative care, aged care and midwifery.

The Extremely Disabled Association (EDA) Patriotic Fund

This fund provides support to the Victorian Story Writing and Art Competition, a preventive health and social rehabilitation activity run by Austin Health Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

The Australian United Ex-Service Association (AUESA) Patriotic Fund

This fund provides yearly scholarships to train clinicians working at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at the Austin Health Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Cognitive Processing Therapy, with an associated year of supervision.

The Victorian Blinded Soldiers' Welfare Patriotic Fund

Established in February 2013, this fund provides welfare assistance to visually impaired veterans and their dependents and offers assistance for former Australian Defence Force members who have visual impairment due to their service in the defence of our nation.

For more information on any of the above patriotic funds, contact the Victorian Veterans Council at



Last updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016