About Us

The Army Amenities Fund (AAF) Company is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the lives of Australian Army members, their families and community.

The Army Central Amenities Fund was established in 1953 for the purpose of providing monetary grants for those amenities which are not within the scope of the Command Amenities Fund, drawing its seed funding from the AMF Special Amenities Fund. In 1983 the assets of the Army Central Amenities Fund and the military district amenities funds were combined to create the Army Amenities Fund. The main objectives of this centralisation were to provide a coordinated Army program of amenities support with particular emphasis on holiday resorts. The Army Amenities Fund operated as a trust from 1986 and it was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee under the companies Act in 1987.

The Messes Trust Fund is a separate trust and the Army Amenities Fund Company Board assumed the role of Trustees of the Messes Trust Fund in 1989.

We offer a range of quality, discounted accommodation through Army Holidays, and help fund amenities and initiatives for Army units and associations through Army Grants and Loans.

What we do

We aim to

provide amenity and related services to Army members and their families.

We do this by

supplying affordable holiday accommodation and financial support to units or associations that is not normally provided at Departmental level.

Core objectives

Amenities

To provide funding support to Army members through their unit commanders and associations. Grants and loans can be provided to fund amenity initiatives not normally provided at Departmental level.

Holiday facilities

To offer affordable, quality holiday accommodation for use by eligible persons through the provision of AAF Company-owned holiday properties.

Investment

To ensure that management of the investment portfolio enables the AAF Company to stay self-sustaining.

Marketing

To promote the AAF Company, its grants and loans, and holiday facilities.

Finances

To administer the financial activities of the AAF Company, ensuring that operational objectives are met and meet compliance and statutory obligations.

Governance

The AAF Company operates within the Defence Portfolio and reports to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel.

Our board appointments and organisational structure

The AAF Company is managed by a Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors is drawn from various appointments within AHQ and the Commands. The Chief of Army appoints Office Bearers (plus the Chair) and the Board appoints other Directors. The Chair and Directors are appointed on a voluntary basis and receive no remuneration or benefit for their services. Supported by the Secretariat, the Board manages the affairs of the business entity in accordance with its Constitution and relevant legislation.

Chair

BRIG Eamon Lenaghan

Directors and Office Bearers

BRIG Christopher Gardiner
LTCOL Siobhan Trim
WO Kim Felmingham
COL Penny Saultry

Directors

COL David Edwards
COL Clare Kellaway
WO1 Trudy Casey
COL James Murray

Accountability

The AAF Company governance framework defines roles, responsibilities and accountability, as well as mechanisms to manage and monitor progress and performance.