The Veterans’ Reference Group provides a link between Tasmania’s Veterans and the Tasmanian Government, with members giving advice and insight on a wide range of veterans related issues.
Following an expression of interest process, the following individuals have been appointed to the inaugural Reference Group:
- Mr John Withers
- Ms Natalie Sankey
- Ms Alison Merridew
- Mr Phillip De Bomford
- Mr Grant Herring
- Mrs Cheryl Arnol
- Dr Jon Lane
The members have diverse backgrounds and will be able to provide information and insights on a range of issues facing veterans in Tasmania.
Support for the group is provided by the Communities, Sport and Recreation Division in the Department of Communities Tasmania, with additional expertise relating to Mental Health to be provided by the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate from the Department of Health.
The key focus for the Veterans Reference Group is developing a Tasmanian Veteran Employment Strategy, which will complement RSL Tasmania’s new Employment Program.
An Expressions of Interest (EOI) process was undertaken in June 2021, to replace Mr Joshua Miller, and the outcome will be announced by the Hon Guy Barnett MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, in due course.