RSL QUEENSLAND has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that veterans will be counted in the 2021 Census.
RSL Queensland general manager for Veteran Services, Rob Skoda said accurate demographic data about Australia’s Defence community would facilitate enhanced support services targeted to veterans’ unique needs.
“For the first time, we’ll have a clear picture of exactly how many veterans there are among the Australian population, as well as demographic data such as their ages and locations,” Mr Skoda said.
“Greater clarity about the veteran population and their needs is critical to ensuring adequate resources are deployed where veterans are located, and that our services meet their needs more effectively.”
He said RSL Queensland provided a comprehensive range of services, including:
- help finding civilian employment
- scholarships for tertiary or vocational education
- support for homeless veterans
- assistance with DVA claims.