Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) National Advisory Committee provides quality, independent, consultation based advice to the Minister on the effectiveness of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS). The VVCS provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans, peacekeepers, submariners, reservists and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Cabinet

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    9

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    2 July 1981

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Associate Professor Jane Burns 1 July 2018 1 July 2021
Member VACANT    
Member VACANT    
Member Ms. Leanne Galayini 1 July 2017 30 June 2020
Member VACANT    
Member Dr. Michael Seah 1 July 2017 30 July 2020
Member Mrs. Melanie Pike 14 April 2016 15 April 2019
Member Ms. Heike Dunn 14 April 2016 15 April 2019
Member Mr. Benjamin Flick 14 April 2016 15 April 2019
Member Mrs. Anne Pahl 14 April 2016 15 April 2019
Member Professor David Forbes 1 January 2010 Determined by the appointer
Member Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC 1 July 2010 Determined by the appointer
Member Dr. Stephanie Hodson CSC 4 October 2016 Determined by the appointer
Member Mr. Paul Way 15 September 2015 Determined by the appointer
Member WO Donald Spinks 10 July 2015 Determined by the appointer
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