Media Release: Minister for Defence – National day of commemoration consultation

19 July 2021 – On 11 July 2021, I confirmed that after twenty years, all Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel had departed Afghanistan, bringing our nation’s longest war to a close.  A national day of Commemoration will now be established to ensure that we, as a nation, formally recognise the service and sacrifice of Defence personnel and their families who helped to save Australian lives from terrorist attacks on our own soil.  

Defence has established a website to facilitate a consultation period which will be open for a period of two weeks from today, Monday 19 July, until Sunday 1 August 2021. Read Full Media Release

Cocktail Party – 1 October 2021

Join us for an evening of cocktails and canapes in support of Special Operations Command soldiers and their families.

The venue is the spectacular Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf with views of the harbour and city skyline.

Tickets are $120 per person and can be purchased via Trybooking

Last Australian troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan

In this interview on Radio National, Susan Chuck, who’s son PTE Ben Chuck was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, discusses the decision to withdraw the remaining Australian troops by September this year. [Listen Now]

CWT Black Tie Dinner Friday 19th March 2021

Attended by more than 300 people this event was a huge success, raising more than $100K which will allow the Trustees to continue and develop veterans’ and family support initiatives.  Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

Support Services following IGADF Report

With the release of the findings of the IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry being released, we encourage anyone feeling concern or anxiety to contact Open Arms at or one of the other support services outlined in this video from DVA. Sometimes just a simple phone call will make the difference.

Media Release – RSL Australia – IGADF Report

20 Nov, 2020 – Due process must be assured in ADF investigation.
The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) says that, despite the horrific and reprehensible allegations, all personnel suspected of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan are entitled to due process and this must be assured in the pending further investigations. This follows the release of the Inspector-General’s report and the investigation by New South Wales’ Justice Paul Brereton into alleged unlawful killings and other possible breaches of the laws of armed conflict. [Read more]

Letter from CWT Chairman to Australian Commando Community

3 Sep, 2020 – In recent days a number of Australian media outlets have featured stories about extreme organisations, allegedly run by former and serving ADF members … [read more]