As part of his election campaign, Dan Andrews' Labor Government promises to thank Victorian veterans and their families for their profound contribution to our state and nation by introducing the Victorian Veterans Card, helping them with the cost of living.
There are more than 90,000 veterans in Victoria. Labor will recognise their service and sacrifice – particularly younger veterans who aren’t eligible for the Commonwealth’s Gold Card program – with $37 million for the Victorian Veterans Card, delivered through the Service Victoria app.
In response to the announcement, Victorian Minister for Veterans, Shawn Leane, said that “Veterans’ contributions don’t end when they leave the defence force – only Labor will support them to retrain and reskill, because they still have so much to give to our community.”
The Victorian Veterans Card will entitle veterans to a $100 discount on the registration of one vehicle, as well as free public transport on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
The Card will also offer free trailer and caravan registration and free fishing and boating licences, encouraging veterans to participate in outdoor recreation and connect with their friends and families.
On top of the discounts, the Card will give veterans access to dedicated employment programs to help them find careers after finishing their period of service, making sure the transition to new work is as smooth as possible.