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Funding boost to support local veterans in Bendigo and Ballarat

JMR with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee

Central Victorian Veterans Support Centre at Bendigo and the Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc will receive an additional $99,000 from the Australian Government to further support local veterans and their families.

The Morrison Government has provided funding of $4.35 million to 127 ex-service organisations (ESOs) through the 2021 round of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) Program.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the BEST Program assists ESOs across the country to deliver the highest quality services.

“This additional funding will help these groups provide veterans even greater transition support, assistance with claims and entitlements, and access to services such as rehabilitation and wellbeing programs,” Minister Gee said.

“This year has been tough for many and this funding boost is a clear commitment of the Australian Government’s ongoing support for our ESOs and the local veteran community.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said that ESOs in Bendigo and Ballarat play a crucial role for local veterans and their families, ensuring they are well supported.

“I would like to thank all ESOs that provide advocacy services across regional Victoria who continue to provide vital services to our local veteran community,” Senator Henderson said.

“I am delighted to announced the following funding set to make a real difference to those on the ground, providing critical support and resources for veterans:

  • Central Victorian Veterans Support Centre at Bendigo has received $70,800
  • Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc Ballarat has received $28,100

“These additional funds will help with the costs of support staff, equipment and services that directly support veterans and their families.”

To apply for future rounds of the BEST Program or for further information, including a full list of successful recipients, visit the Community Grants Hub website

11 November 2021

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