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For ADF members and their families

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ADF Families Survey

ADF Families SurveyDefence recognises the significant contribution of Australian Defence Force families in supporting military members in their duties. The 2017 ADF Families Survey is an opportunity for ADF families to tell Defence about their experiences and opinions of military life.

Participate: 2017 ADF Families Survey

This year’s survey will focus on partner employment and awareness of support services for military families. This information will play an important role in the planning and development of initiatives effectively targeted at the real needs of ADF members and their families.

The survey is sponsored by the Chief of the Defence Force and coordinated by Defence Community Organisation in partnership with Defence Families of Australia.

Download: Letter from the Chief of the Defence Force to ADF Families

Information for Participants


Completion of this survey is expected to take around 15-20 minutes. This survey is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw from participating at any time. If you choose not to participate there will be no detriment to you or your family.

Who should take part in the survey:

  • Spouses and ADF recognised interdependent partners of permanent ADF members, including members on Continuous Full-time Service (CFTS)
  • Permanent ADF members including those on CFTS who are single parents
  • Permanent ADF members including those on CFTS who are single with other dependants
  • Both members of dual ADF couples (where both are permanent ADF members including those on CFTS)
  • Parents of permanent ADF members including those on CFTS


Defence is required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 in the collection, handling, use and disclosure of personal information. All survey responses and information you provide will remain strictly confidential.

The only exception is where you provide information relating to risks to Defence security, occupational health and safety, wellbeing, or civil or military offences. In these instances this information may be reported, along with any personal information that has been provided, in accordance with Defence mandatory reporting requirements.

Only aggregated results of this survey will be reported and demographic information will only be used to identify differences between groups of respondents (such as single parents and couples). All survey data collected will be stored in a secure database without any identifying information. Only Defence's Directorate of People Intelligence and Research officers will have access to the raw data.

Survey participation risks and support services

It is not anticipated that there is a risk of you feeling distressed while participating in this survey. If, however, you are feeling distressed at any time, or are concerned that your health, safety or security is at risk, we encourage you to contact one of the support services listed below:

Support services
Support Contact
Defence Family Helpline  1800 624 608 (Operates 24/7) or
ADF All Hours Support Line 1800 628 036
ADF 1800 IM SICK 1800 467 425
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Available to Defence APS members and their families
1300 361 008

Outside of Australia 0011 612 9232 7249


If you require assistance with this survey please contact

Reporting and Analysis

The survey findings will be released in one or more reports and will be made available on the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) and Defence Families of Australia (DFA) websites when released in mid-2017.

The data will also be provided to other areas within Defence upon request to inform decision making and policy in relation to families and ADF members. The data may also be used in conjunction with the findings of other Defence surveys such as the Defence Census. DPIR will only release findings in an anonymous, non-identifiable format.


This research has been approved by the Defence People Research Low Risks Ethics Panel.

Complaints or Concerns

Should you have any complaints or concerns about the manner in which this project is conducted, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers at

Or you may prefer to contact the Defence People Research Low Risk Ethics Panel at the following address:

Defence People Research - Low Risk Ethics Panel at or (02) 6127 2155.


By completing this survey you are giving your consent to participate in the Australian Defence Force Families Survey 2017 as outlined above.