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For ADF members and their families

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Australian Defence Force Family Covenant

We recognise the significant contribution of ADF families to operational effectiveness.

We pay tribute to the commitment and sacrifice of ADF families in support of Australia.

We acknowledge the unique nature of family and community life in the ADF.

We honour the inherent strength and capacity of ADF families.

We pledge to work in partnership with ADF families to enhance their self reliance.

We commit to listening to ADF families and responding effectively to their emerging needs.

Since May 2009, when then Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston officially launched it, the Covenant has been passed on to each incoming CDF, reaffirming the ADF’s commitment to military families.

CDF signing the ADF Familiy Covenant

Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell formally re-signed the Covenant on 14 August 2019, reaffirming the Australian Defence Force’s commitment to Defence families

CDF signing the ADF Familiy Covenant

Arranged in consultation with all three Service Chiefs, Defence Community Organisation and Defence Families of Australia , the Covenant articulates to Defence families how highly their contribution to Defence is valued.

The covenant represents a commitment from Defence to work with Defence families, to consult with them, to listen to the concerns they raise, and to help them balance the demands of Service life with the needs of the family. 

There are three copies of the signed Covenant. One is held by Director General of the Defence Community Organisation. One is kept by Defence Families of Australia.  The original is in the office of the Chief of the Defence Force.