The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester MP, is leading a public consultation process to inform the Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. The Attorney-General’s Department is assisting with this process. Feedback from the consultation process, including feedback received using this form or from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will be considered by the Attorney-General and the Attorney-General’s Department to inform the Terms of Reference. The Royal Commission will be independent of government, DVA and Defence.
A key step in setting up this Royal Commission is to establish its Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference set out what the Royal Commission will cover and report on.
The Attorney-General's Department is seeking your views on the Terms of Reference to make sure they capture the issues that are important to people.
Current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, veterans, families, ex-service organisations, states and territories, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to have their say about what the Royal Commission should consider in conducting its work.
The Royal Commission will focus on understanding the risk factors contributing to defence and veteran deaths by suicide, and what governments, organisations and the community can do to reduce lives lost to suicide.
The Government has released themes for consultation and welcomes your feedback on these to inform the Terms of Reference. You can provide feedback using the form below. Feedback closes at 5pm on Friday 21 May 2021.
Please note, this consultation does not seek details of personal experiences, or specific information on past cases of deaths by suicide. At this time, the Royal Commission has not been formally established. There will be a time to tell your story once the Royal Commission is operating. Processes for engaging with the Royal Commission, including opportunities to make submissions, will be determined by the Royal Commission once established, and will be widely advertised.
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