22 May 2018
APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT OF
THE REPATRIATION COMMISSION
Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced
the appointment of
Liz Cosson AM CSC to the role of President of
the Repatriation Commission. Ms Cosson’s
appointment occurs concurrent to her appointment
as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’
extensive experience in the military and public
service Ms Cosson is well qualified to fill this
important role which is integral to supporting
and honouring our nation’s current and
former-serving Australian Defence Force
community,” Mr Chester said.
will be the first female Repatriation Commission
President in the nation’s history, and as we
move into our second century of service, it is
more important than ever that we focus on the
challenges facing the 21st-century
veteran community,” said Mr Chester.
“I congratulate Ms
Cosson on her appointment and I look forward to
working closely with her in the years to come.”
The President of
the Repatriation Commission plays an important
role in deciding policy affecting Australia’s
veterans, and is instrumental in translating
Government policy decision into action.
President of the Repatriation Commission and the
Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
have been the same person, ensuring the
Department’s strategic direction is complemented
by deep policy expertise.
Repatriation Commission in its current form was
established on 1 July 1920 by the proclamation
of the Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Act
1920 and the department recently celebrated
the Repatriation Commission, including
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Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can
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support and free and confidential counselling.
Phone 1800 011 046 (international:
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service founded by Vietnam veterans.