Pensions and Welfare Service
To provide a viable, professional and effective volunteer Pensions and Welfare Service at National, State and Sub Section level staffed by qualified TIP - trained
officers capable of meeting the Welfare and Pension needs of NAA members, serving Naval personnel, veterans and their families.
To provide assistance, resources and communications for our Pensions and Welfare officers and Advocates consistent with our philosophy "Once Navy - Always Navy".
To provide a point-of-contact for members, widows, serving RAN personnel and veterans seeking Advocacy, Pension, Compensation and Welfare support.
To enhance and attempt to de-mystify the large amount of information available through the Department of Veterans' Affairs, The Repatriation Commission, The Department of
Defence, The Repatriation Medical Authority, COMCARE, Centrelink, DFRDB, and others for the benefit of our members and Pensions and Welfare officers.
To assess and assist officers in procuring funding for their activities - particularly through the BEST program.
Profile - Naval Association of Australia
The Naval Association of Australia is the pre-eminent Australian ex-Naval association. It began its life in 1920 as the Ex-Navalmen's Association. More information
can be found in the Naval Association of Australia website at:- http://navalassoc.org.au
The Naval Association of Australia is affiliated with or a member of a number of other organisations concerned with the welfare and pensions entitlements of ex-Service personnel.
The NAA is a founding member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations, is a member of the Ex-Service Round Table which meets regularly in Canberra and regularly
meets with the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Chief of Navy, Department of Veterans' Affairs officers, parliamentarians and others concerned with the administration and well-being
of serving and ex-Naval personnel.
Should you need help or assistance with a Welfare, Advocacy or Pension claim or simply need advice as to where you might go to get assistance with any question concerning Navy
or the Service of yourself or a relative, the NAA Pensions and Welfare service has a dedicated team of Pensions and Welfare officers located in each State and Territory.
IF YOU NEED HELP - IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, please
Contact either the National Pensions and Welfare Coordinator, Mr Les Dwyer by
telephoning 07 54727359 or 0419 849900
mail PO Box 614, Yandina QLD 4561
or contact the Deputy National Pensions and Welfare Coordinator, Mr Alex McNeil by
telephoning 03 6343 2862 or 0417 303 194
mail 9 Haraldi Court, Newstead TAS 7250
A frequently asked question concerns asbestos - related diseases resulting from Naval Service - please see the information under:-
Call ( ) and follow the prompts.
You can register your details with the operator over the phone.
You will be given an asbestos registration number during the call. (You will need to quote this number to Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) staff when making an appointment for assessment.)
When you register with the DAEES you will be sent a letter providing details of how to arrange an assessment with Medibank Health Solutions (MHS). The process is:
The letter will include details of the MHS office in your area.
You should make an appointment for an asbestos review examination with the MHS office, quoting your asbestos registration number.
MHS will send you a questionnaire for you to complete and bring to the assessment.
You attend the MHS appointment at the time and location advised for an asbestos review examination.
You will be counselled by MHS medical staff and may be referred to a respiratory physician for further testing (depending on your medical condition), or advised to have a follow up examination in 2-10 years.
You will receive an examination report that will include your questionnaire, medical assessment results, assessment category and treatment plan.
If you travel more than 50km to your appointment, you are entitled to reimbursement for travel.
Please contact either of the two contact addressees who will put you in touch with an advocate / pensions officer.