Defence and Veteran Suicide Royal Commission – Public Consultation
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 is expected to examine the systemic issues and any common themes and past deaths by suicide of Australian Defence Force members and veterans and the experience of members and veterans who may continue to be at risk of suicide.
This includes all aspects of service in the Australian Defence Force and the experience of those transitioning; the availability and quality of health and support services; pre-service and post-service issues for members and veterans; members’ and veterans’ social and family contexts, such as family breakdown, as well as housing and employment issues for members and veterans.
The Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP, led a public consultation process to inform the Terms of Reference. The Attorney-General's Department assisted with this consultation process. The Attorney-General's Department will consider all feedback provided to either the Department of Veterans' Affairs or the Attorney-General's Department as the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission are finalised.
The Royal Commission will have the full range of compulsory powers available to it such as to summon witnesses and hold public hearings, take evidence and compel the production of documents and witness statements.
Feedback has now closed.
We received over 1000 submissions, including many from serving personnel, veterans and family members.
We will publish the feedback received in tranches, where we have received permission to do so.
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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.