Victorian Veterans Council

The Victorian Veterans Council is an independent statutory body established in 2006 under the Veterans Act 2005.

What does the Council do?

identifies issues that affect Victoria's veterans

  • reports directly to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs on issues affecting the Victorian veteran community
  • distributes the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the Victorian Veterans Fund
  • advises the Minister for Consumer Affairs on matters relating to the regulation of patriotic funds

Under the Act, the Council is required to consult with ex-service organisations in developing advice for the Minister. The Council promotes collaboration and coordination across the broad range of ex-service organisations in Victoria and assists and advises patriotic fund trustees on options for the use of patriotic funds.

Council Membership

  • The Council has 11 members
  • 8 members must be members of the ex-service community or members of ex-service organisations
  • The Chair and Deputy Chair must be veterans
  • There are legislated positions for two important and longstanding ex-service organisations: the State Branch of the Returned and Services League and Melbourne Legacy
  • All members are appointed by the Governor in Council
  • The Veterans Branch provides secretariat support to the Victorian Veterans Council

Current Members:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Laureen Grimes - Chair
  • Dr Ross Bastiaan, AM RFD
  • Brigadier Michael Annett, CSC - RSL representative
  • Ms Elizabeth Brown
  • Wing Commander Sharyn Bolitho (RAAFAR)
  • Lieutenant Commander Pelagia Markogiannakis
  • Mr Justin Elwin - Legacy representative
  • Ms Kim McAliney
  • Lieutenant Commander Peta Irving RAN (Rtd)
  • Mr Bruce Mildenhall

Read the biographies of the Victorian Veterans Councils members (Word 25 KB)

Would you like to express an interest in becoming a council member?

Annual Report

2017-18 Victorian Veterans Council Annual Report

2016-17 Victorian Veterans Council Annual Report

For an Accessible version of the Annual Report, please contact at (03) 9651 2268 or

Victorian Veterans Sector Study Reports

In 2015, the Victorian Veterans Council undertook a review of the Victorian veterans sector via community consultation sessions and online surveys.

The results of that review have now been released in the Veterans Sector Study Report. This review gives the Victorian Government a fresh understanding of the priorities of our veterans.

Learn more and read the Veterans Sector Study Report (PDF 2.06 MB) and Veterans Sector Study Report - accessible version (Word 4.29 MB)

In 2008, the Victorian Veterans Council undertook the first in-depth study of Victoria's veteran community to identify issues confronting the veterans sector.

Read the

Patriotic Funds

Patriotic funds represent monies raised from the public for the benefit of the veteran community from appeals relating to significant commemorative events such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and from private and public subscription.

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Scholarship Fund – Albert Coates Memorial Trust

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Scholarship Fund, in association with the Albert Coates Memorial Trust, provides funding for scholarships to be awarded to students who are studying courses for the training of paramedics, nurses and doctors in emergency care at Victorian universities. The scholarships are for either post graduate students or second year undergraduate students.

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Scholarship Fund No 1 – Nurses Memorial Centre

The Fund provides support for scholarship grants awarded on an annual basis to students that are undertaking postgraduate studies in care of the older person or Palliative Care at a recognised Victorian University. The Funds administered by the Veterans Council are appointed to the Nurses Memorial Centre as facilitator of the scholarships.

The War Widows and Widowed Mothers Association Scholarship Fund

This Fund supports scholarships awarded by the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia (Ballarat) to students undertaking postgraduate study in the fields of palliative care, aged care and midwifery.

The Extremely Disabled Association (EDA) Patriotic Fund

This fund provides support to the Victorian Story Writing and Art Competition, a preventive health and social rehabilitation activity run by Austin Health Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

The Australian United Ex-Service Association (AUESA) Patriotic Fund

This fund provides yearly scholarships to train clinicians working at the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at the Austin Health Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Cognitive Processing Therapy, with an associated year of supervision.

The Victorian Blinded Soldiers' Welfare Patriotic Fund

Established in February 2013, this fund provides welfare assistance to visually impaired veterans and their dependents and offers assistance for former Australian Defence Force members who have visual impairment due to their service in the defence of our nation.

For more information on any of the above patriotic funds, contact the Victorian Veterans Council at

Last updated on Monday, 10 December 2018