Veterans Affairs Secretary in Kiama Thursday, May 23

The first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major General will speak at the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch on Thursday, May 23.

Liz Cosson is now Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and will speak on changes in the department, and how they may affect ex-service personnel and their families.

She was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs in May 2018.

Liz enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1979, and in 2007 became the first female to be promoted to the rank of Major General.

After 31 years of service in a range of logistics appointments in Australia and Service with the Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, Liz retired from full time military service in 2010.

After her military career, Liz joined the Australian Public Service and her first appointment in 2010 was with the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

In 2001 Liz was recognised for her leadership and management skills and awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross and in 2011 was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for her contributions to Army. In 2014 Liz was awarded the ACT Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership.

The club said the event was: "A terrific opportunity to hear directly from the head of DVA about matters important to serving and ex-serving men and women, and their families."

The event will be held from 5pm-6.30pm, Thursday, May 23 at the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Hindmarsh Park (Terralong Street), Kiama. Admission is free. All are welcome.

For further information or queries please contact: Lee Cordner, Vice President Kiama - Jamberoo RSL on or 0427 333 034