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Presentation Ceremony at Admiralty House

‘Be confident in yourself and be confident in what you can achieve. Embrace your education opportunities and be inspired by the service of your forebears.’His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC, (Retd) AVCAT CEO Len Russell, Olivia Micallef,...

TPI SA & VVAA SA Presentation

AVCAT Scholars Lacey, Laura, Kyra, Jake & Kimberley AVCAT CEO Len Russell and Scholarships Manager Robyn Richardson attended a presentation morning tea at TPI House in Adelaide for recipients of the TPI SA Scholarship and the VVAA SA Scholarship. TPI...

DEWC Scholarship Presentation

DEWC staff with AVCAT scholar Cooper Schahinger (centre) AVCAT scholar Cooper Schahinger was awarded the DEWC Scholarship in a presentation on-site at DEWC in Adelaide. DEWC staff are hands-on supporters of the DEWC Scholarship, attending the presentation, meeting Cooper and...

Welcome Len Russell – CEO

AVCAT CEO Len Russell Len Russell joins AVCAT as CEO having an extensive mixture of experience from both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Len began his corporate career in sales and marketing roles within the heavy earthmoving and automotive equipment...

Joan Hughes Thanked for Service by Repatriation Commissioner

Joan Hughes AVCAT CEO AVCAT CEO Joan Hughes has been awarded a Repatriation Commissioner’s coin in a vote of thanks for her dedication, commitment, and service to the children of veterans and the veteran community. Joan states, ‘It’s been a...

AVCAT Welcomes New Sponsor

AVCAT welcomes new scholarship sponsor DEWC DEWC provides Electronic Warfare (EW) and related technological support to the Australian Defence Force and its allies. DEWC is passionate about keeping Australia’s Defence Personnel safe through cutting-edge EW applications and extensive knowledge and experience....

Squadron Leader Eric Easterbrook OAM (Retd) joins the AVCAT Board

Eric joined the AVCAT Board in November 2020. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years and then as a Defence Public Servant in all three branches of the military for another 22 years. Eric was a...

Our CEO Joan Hughes is Retiring

Joan Hughes - CEO From the Chair of the Board of AVCAT – Major General Bill Crews AO (Retd) Joan started as CEO of AVCAT in early 2016. I have worked with Joan since joining AVCAT as Chair in May...


Third Prize in the AVCAT Essay Prize 2020, ‘Reflections' by Jo Hagen. By Jo Hagen It seems fitting that I begin this story on 18 August 2020, National Vietnam Veterans’ Day. It’s been five years. Five years since Dad’s first suicide...

Joan Hughes Presented with Governor-General’s Medallion

Joan Hughes and Bill Crews Their Excellencies the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley gifted AVCAT with a Governor-General’s medallion to thank AVCAT for our work to ‘help people, uplift those around us and make our community better’. Major General Bill Crews...


Second Prize in the AVCAT Essay Prize 2020, 'Safe' by Jane Wotherspoon. By Jane Wotherspoon “Posttraumatic stress disorder may be one of the most important explanations for the effects of deployment on the sons and daughters of military personnel reported...

The 30th of April 1975

The winning essay of the AVCAT Essay Prize 2020, 'The 30th of April 1975' by Jade Washbourne. By Jade Washbourne The 30th of April 1975, a distant memory to many but also an unforgettable one, its significance has lingered on...

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