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Defence and Veteran Suicide Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

The Royal Commission was established on 8 July 2021, following agreement by the Governor-General. The Royal Commission submitted its interim report to the Governor-General on 11 August 2022. The Royal Commission is required to submit a final report by 17 June 2024.

The interim report is published on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide website.

The Royal Commission is conducting hearings to collect evidence relevant to its inquiry. Hearings are being conducted at various cities and regional centres across Australia. For more information on the Royal Commission, including locations and dates of hearings, the Terms of Reference and how to make a submission, please visit the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide website.

Contact details

Crisis Assistance: This webpage includes 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.