Step Challenge FAQ’s

What is the DRA Step Challenge?
The DRA Step Challenge is a fun and inclusive event being held during Veterans’ Health Week 2021. The theme of this year’s Veterans’ Health Week is ‘Get Moving’. This friendly (yet competitive) challenge allows for DRA Members, both in and out of lockdown to join the challenge in a fun, energetic and positive way. The DRA Member and the State DRT with the most steps will both win a prize.
When is the DRA Step Challenge?
The DRA Step Challenge will start on the 16 October at 12.01am and finish on the 24 October at 11.59pm.
Where is the event?
The DRA Step Challenge is a virtual event. This means you can walk where you feel most comfortable at any time. We strongly encourage you to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing and follow government guidance around exercising in groups in each state and territory.
How can I get involved?

As long as you have a fitness tracker of some sort (Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Google Fit or Strava) you can take part. Go to create an account and follow the prompts to easily connect your fitness device. Don’t forget to click the TEAMS button underneath your name on your home page and join your local DRT team.

Does it cost anything to register for the DRA Step Challenge?

No, it’s free! Thanks to grants provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, this event can be held free of charge for our members.

How do I join my local DRT team?

Click on the TEAMS button below your name once you are logged in and join your local DRT team. If you want to walk with some of your local teammates, we ask you to be mindful of COVID-19 social distancing and follow government guidance around exercising in groups.

How can I track my steps / activity?

Click on the TRACKERS button underneath your name on your home page, locate your device type and click CONNECT. If you have any issues, please contact

Do I have to spread my steps out over the whole 9 days (16-24 October)?

No, you can take on the DRA Step Challenge however you wish! You might want to build your steps up each day between 16-24 October or you can plan one, two or three epic sessions – it’s totally up to you! We do recommend you have rest days during the 9-day period if you’re clocking up a lot of steps.

Should I train for the DRA Step Challenge?

Not necessarily, it will depend on your level of fitness. Be sensible and only do whatever you know you can undertake within healthy limits.


Can I track my training activity?

Yes! If you connect your tracking device with now, your steps will be tracked automatically from the time you set it up and start syncing. Some people find this helpful and motivating and will help you become familiar with how to track your steps. When the DRA Step Challenge begins on 16 October, we’ll reset everyone’s progress back to zero and your activity between 16 and 24 October will count towards your Challenge steps.



What happens if I join and then can’t walk many steps?

Don’t worry, whatever distance you cover will add to your DRT team’s total. We’ll celebrate both your support and achievement at the end of the challenge.




Can I do all of my steps indoors or on a treadmill?

Absolutely! Just use your step tracker device wherever you are and sync to your account.





Can I run instead of walk my steps?

Absolutely! We encourage you to take it at your own pace as DRA Members of all abilities and fitness levels can take part. So, if your normal pace is to run – go for it! 






Can I take part if I have a medical condition?

We recommend that you consult your doctor or health professional to make this decision. If they need more information about the event to give you the correct advice, they are welcome to contact the membership team on so they can fully understand the level of physical exertion involved.







How can I ensure I participate safely in regard to COVID-19?

During your training and while you are clocking up your steps, please follow government guidance around exercise restrictions and/or social distancing in your state or territory.







What is the current medical advice about COVID-19?

Even though the majority of people who become infected with COVID-19 will have a relatively minor respiratory illness, we all have a duty of care not to spread it. This is particularly relevant to the elderly, people undergoing cancer treatment, people who have underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma or those whose immune systems are compromised in some way. DRA wants to make sure we keep everybody safe from COVID-19 and give sound advice. 

At DRA, we follow these simple practices to keep everyone safe: 

  • Good personal hygiene. That’s right good old soap and water! This is the most important thing each of us can do every day. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. This includes before and after eating and after going to the toilet and after you have been in public places. Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when you can’t use soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Surface hygiene. It is important to clean and disinfect surfaces you use often such as bench tops, desks and doorknobs. Don’t forget to regularly disinfect your mobile phone, keys, wallet, credit cards, etc 
  • Fresh air. And with warmer weather here, increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows 
  • Social distancing. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. It is important to stay 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible, even when training or walking with friends or teammates 
  • Elbow bumps. It’s okay to keep a little distance. Instead of a handshake or hug, start practising elbow bumps, ankle taps or bows instead. There is a plus – no more awkward hugs from the weird aunty! 
  • Don’t be a hero. If you’re feeling unwell or have any symptoms, stay home and get tested! It is so important that you do not socialise or go shopping or to work until you get a negative diagnosis. This includes not exercising or training with friends or teammates 








I haven’t used before – will someone be able to help me?

Yes! Our membership team will be on hand to assist you whenever you need. Contact them on and they will be able to help you.