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Military Life

139 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


113.Top Priorities when Supporting and Acknowledging Defence Partners & Families

This week on the Podcast, I speak with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs & Minister for Defence Personnel Andrew Gee about his top priorities when it comes to supporting and acknowledging Defence Partners and Families.


Minister Gee and I also have an open and real conversation about:

  • His thoughts on partners and families being key contributors to defence capability
  • The impact partners and families have on the well-being of the defence member
  • The value he sees defence partners and families providing the community & defence
  • How current policy and programs fit with the value partners and families provide
  • His take on the key issues and challenges defence partners and families currently face
  • The opportunities the Minister sees when it comes to solving those issues & challenges
  • The invaluable insight he got from the recent National Defence Partner Roundtable
  • Why we need a more comprehensive understanding of the partner and family experience
  • The steps the Minister is taking to introduce a possible Ministerial Advisory Council to help inform policy
  • How to gather the right data on defence partners and families to shape effective policy
  • Partnering with the Australian Institute of Family Studies to redesign the ADF Family Survey
  • Why it’s time for more innovation in the way that programs are designed & delivered
  • Looking at trialling Coworking hubs on defence bases to support and connect defence partners
  • The role the Veteran Wellbeing Centres will play for current defence partners and families
  • How partner employment contributes to ADF workforce development & why supporting career portability is key
  • How the Minister thinks defence partners and families have fared during COVID
  • A commitment to seriously push for the introduction of a National Defence Families day
  • Whether it might be time to review defence partner and family policy in a major way


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