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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...

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...

A Christmas Message from Joan Hughes, CEO AVCAT

What a year 2020 has been! Joan Hughes CEO AVCAT From years of drought for people in rural and remote areas to the bushfires and then the pandemic, 2020 has been a year of readjustments and uncertainty. We have learnt...
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2020 AVCAT Essay Prize – Winner Profiles

We are delighted to introduce the winners of the inaugural AVCAT Essay Prize. The essays will be first published in the next issue of Debrief Magazine, and here on AVCAT’s website. First Prize – Jade Washbourne Essay: The 30th of...

AVCAT Essay Prize Judging Panel

AVCAT is proud to announce the judging panel for the inaugural AVCAT Essay Prize is Paul Livingston, Karen Blackwell and Major General Bill Crews AO (Retd). The panel reports that the judging process was difficult due to the high quality...
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Vale Lieutenant Colonel Philip G Badcock OAM (Retd)

It is with great sadness that we inform the AVCAT network that Philip Gavan Badcock OAM died 6 September 2020. Phil served on the AVCAT Board for over 15 years. Phil was the husband of Diane (deceased), father of Peter...

Bravery Trust Scholarship in partnership with AVCAT

On September 21, 2020 Bravery Trust made the following announcement Bravery Trust is delighted to announce a three-year scholarship in partnership with the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT). This is an opportunity for a veteran’s child to receive a...
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Roy Morris Memorial Scholarship

The first Roy Morris Memorial Scholarship was awarded in 2020, with a further two scholarships awarded in 2023. The following story about Roy Morris has been written by Graeme Morris and Robyn Cameron (nee Morris), his son and daughter. Roy...

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