Making Veterans Count on the 2021 Census
Member for Herbert and Army Veteran Phillip Thompson has welcomed today’s announcement that next year’s census will include a question regarding service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Mr Thompson said it was a major step forward for the Defence and Veteran community to be asked about their service on the 10th of August 2021.
“This is something I’ve been advocating for since before I got into politics because census data is what’s used to make important decisions on government funding and programs in many different areas,” he said.
“Unfortunately we don’t really know exactly how many Veterans live in our community which means our Veterans could be missing out on services needed.
“Townsville is Australia’s largest garrison city and many Veterans choose to call our city home for the rest of their lives so it’s important we have clear and accurate data on the need that exists.
“This simple step could lead to really good outcomes for our community.”
Mr Thompson said this was just one of a range of initiatives which were ensuring better outcomes for the Defence and Veteran community.
“This week in Parliament we progressed the bill to set up the Veteran Family Advocate which will be a voice for Veterans’ families to help shape policy and reduce the risk of suicide,” he said.
“On Monday I also introduced a Private Members’ Motion on the announcement of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention which will also ensure our current and former serving members are better looked after.
“We’re seeing good progress on The Oasis Townsville too with the successful contractor announced just last month.”