Queensland is home to 27 per cent of serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Queensland also has some of Australia’s largest military bases including the nation’s largest army base in Townsville, the ADF’s largest base - the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Amberley - and two of Australia’s three army Beersheba Brigades.
Queensland is home to almost 50,000 veterans, more than any other state in Australia. These veterans are not only a critical part of our history but they are key to our future and the LNP believes they deserve a policy that provides better services and more opportunities.
In government, the LNP sought to recognise the pivotal role veterans played in building a safe and secure Queensland. That’s why we appointed a Minister Assisting the Premier on the Centenary of the Anzac and established the Queensland Veterans Advisory Council to give veterans a better say and direct contact with government.
The LNP Government invested $50 million to commemorate the Anzac centenary. This investment is still being used to build legacy projects, fund milestone events and for other commemorative grants.
Better recognition for veterans is also a major focus of other jurisdictions across Australia, where policies have been launched to help ex-ADF personnel transition back into civilian life.
The LNP believes Queenslanders should be leading Australia in this area and that’s why we’re committed to doing even more through the Honouring Our Veterans policy.
OUR REAL PLAN
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will build stronger families and safe and liveable communities by helping veterans in five key ways.
We will appoint a Minister for Veterans’ Affairs - responsible for leading strategies that ensure State Government services are better targeted to this group.
We will commit to a public service veterans target to increase the number of ex-ADF personnel working in the public service and provide proper recognition of their military training and how that fits into roles within the Queensland Government. This will see more veterans working in the Queensland public service, with their extensive skills, training and experience ensuring we deliver better government.
We will appoint a senior representative in the public service as the Veterans Champion to mentor and establish a network of veterans in the public service. And we'll make sure Queensland Government job websites are updated to provide more information to ex-ADF personnel about the jobs that best link to their skill set.
We will also create a $2 million Veterans Transition Grants Program, for ex-service and defence welfare organisations to access and fund programs that help veterans to transition back into civilian life and another career after leaving the Defence Force.
We will make the Queensland Veterans' Advisory Council a permanent fixture of the Queensland Government.
By properly Honouring Our Veterans the LNP will build a better Queensland by creating more jobs, building stronger families and providing liveable communities.