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Defence and Veteran Suicide Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

On 19 April 2021, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the Australian Government would recommend to the Governor-General the establishment of a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

The Royal Commission has been established following agreement by the Governor-General on 8 July 2021.

The Government has now released the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission. For more information on the Royal Commission, including the Terms of Reference and how to make a submission, please visit the Defence and Veteran Suicide Royal Commission website.

Terms of Reference feedback

A public consultation process on the themes for the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission was conducted from 19 April 2021 and concluded on 21 May 2021.

The Attorney-General's Department received over 1800 submissions, including many from serving personnel, veterans, family members and academics.

The department has now finalised publishing all feedback where we had permission and it was appropriate to do so. This includes over 800 pieces of feedback, including one submission representing 861 individuals.

Contact us to request any of these documents in a different accessible format.

Defence and Veteran Royal Commission public consultation – feedback received

Defence and Veteran Royal Commission public consultation – feedback received part 2

Contact details

Crisis Assistance: This webpage contains content about suicide and may be distressing for some people. If you or someone else needs help, please call:

  • Triple zero (000) if you need immediate help or feel like you may hurt yourself
  • Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046
  • ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line on 1800 628 036
  • Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

In addition, anyone who has served even one day full time service in the ADF, including reservists, may be eligible for free mental health treatment for life. Known as non-liability health care, it is available to eligible serving or ex-serving personnel whether or not there’s a link between their condition and their military service.