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2019 ADF Families Survey

ADF families survey

Defence recognises the significant contribution of Australian Defence Force families in supporting military members in their duties. The 2019 ADF Families Survey is an opportunity for ADF families to tell Defence about their experiences and opinions of military life.

Participate now – 2019 ADF Families Survey

This year’s survey will focus on services and support available for ADF 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 Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and coordinated by Defence Community Organisation in partnership with Defence Families of Australia.

General Campbell said he encourages all ADF personnel and their families to take advantage of this opportunity to have their day. By letting Defence know what is important to you and your family, we can focus services and support in the right areas.

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

Information for Participants


Completion of this survey is expected to take around 30 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:

  • Partners of permanent ADF members, including Reservists on SERVOP C (CFTS).
  • Permanent ADF members who are single parents or single with other dependants.
  • Both members of dual ADF couples (where both are permanent ADF members (including Reservists on SERVOP C (CFTS)).
  • Other family members such as parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, or other guardians of permanent ADF members (if aged 18 years or above).


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

Support services



Defence Family Helpline

1800 624 608 (Operates 24/7) or

ADF All Hours Support Line

1800 628 036


1800 467 425

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
(Available to Defence APS members and their families)

1300 687 327
Outside of Australia 0011 +613 8620 5300


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 late-2019.

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.

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


By completing this survey you are giving your consent to participate in the Australian Defence Force Families Survey 2019 as outlined above.