Following the inception of The Partners of Veterans Association in N.S.W. in 1999, the inauguration and incorporation of The Partners of Veterans Association Queensland Inc. was in 2002. The first general meeting was held in Maroochydore on the 8th February 2003, when an interim steering committee was elected. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia - Queensland Branch Inc. was held in Rockhampton on the 1st – 2nd August 2003. P.V.A. QLD Inc. has grown significantly over the years and now has more than 30 local support groups, and independent members, operate throughout Queensland!
P.V.A. QLD Inc. is a progressive, unique association committed to working with our members Queensland-wide to improve conditions of partners and families of veterans.
P.V.A. QLD Inc. is committed to offering support through its network of support groups, P.V.A. News magazine, website and social media, such as Facebook, whilst endeavoring to provide more practical assistance, educating members and promoting the issues faced by partners and families of veterans.
Local Support Groups
(Photo: Courtesy of P.V.A. QLD Inc – Bundaberg Group November 2018)
Our local support groups are looked after by a dedicated support group contact, who live in the area. Groups meet regularly, weekly, once or twice a month and for special occasions, for a variety of activities such as:
o A lunch, morning or afternoon tea and chat
o A talk from a guest speaker
o Discussions on partners’ welfare and health, and entitlements throughout the veteran community
o A special event such as a dinner out or a trip to a local attraction
o Quarterly events organized by the State Management Committee for members
In Queensland, we have groups in the following areas.
• North Queensland:
- Bowen, Aye, Townsville
• Central Queensland:
- Gladstone/Tannum Sands, Mackay, Rockhampton
• Wide Bay:
- Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Standown Park-Goomboorian, Tin Can Bay
• Sunshine Coast:
- Caloundra, Maroochydore
• Brisbane area:
- Brisbane, Chermside, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Bribie Island
• Darling Downs:
- Gatton, Ipswich, Toowoomba
• Western Qld
What happens at a P.V.A. group meet?
All support groups offer partners of veteran’s information and support, as well as a range of activities to enjoy together. Events are put together by the support group contact in coordination with the local members. They reflect the individual group preferences and vary from area to area.
As well as being informative, support groups are most of all great fun!
Where are they and who can attend?
Most support groups meet at a local venue such as an RSL or a community centre. Sometimes groups will meet at a place of interest.
P.V.A. QLD Inc. welcomes everyone to attend their local group meets - if you are a partner of a past or present member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) (and their allies), ex-partner, or widow/widower of a veteran or peacekeeper/ peacemaker.
P.V.A. QLD Inc. members are always welcome to bring along a new partner and introduce them to the group. Non-members are more than welcome and encouraged to attend as a visitor. We encourage all partners to become a member of P.V.A. QLD Inc. as it is only through membership that P.V.A. QLD Inc. has the funds to continue to provide its services and add your voice to many hundreds of partners to achieve our aims.
P.V.A. QLD Inc. members can attend unlimited get-togethers anywhere in Australia.
Further Benefits of Joining a Support Group
Also benefits offered by your local support group are, for example:
• Where appropriate, some local support groups may:
- Send out local support group newsletters
- Communicate updates via email to its members
- Share information about local events
- Connect members to other local support groups and associations
- Provide access to a library of information specific to partners and their families
- Coordinate events and activities i.e. around hobbies that members have in common
- Organize fund raising events for P.V.A. QLD Inc.
Further benefits offered to all members by State and National include:
• P.V.A. QLD Inc. members receive a national newsletter three (3) times a year
• P.V.A. QLD Inc. members are invited to ‘like’ the National P.V.A. Facebook page and stay up-to-date
• P.V.A. QLD Inc. provides unity for the ‘partners’ of veterans voice to be heard- we communicate as a group on issues relating to partners
• P.V.A. QLD Inc. is represented by state committee members on State/ National boards
• P.V.A. QLD Inc. provides access to trained Welfare Officers
• P.V.A. QLD Inc. has a 1300 number to assist you to get information relating to partners of veterans
• And many more benefits. Read more about the ‘achievements’ of P.V.A. Australia Inc. on the websites national section