We have a number of free products for families, which are available for order from the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
Some of the resources available include:
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Defence produces a variety of publications which may be of interest to Defence families.
ADF Families Survey
The 2017 ADF Families Survey, focusing on partner employment and support services, was administered by Defence in collaboration with Defence Families of Australia (DFA). The research program aims to provide Defence insight into the impact of ADF conditions of service on family members’ satisfaction with service life. It also measures family members’ satisfaction with family support services so that Defence can identify areas for targeted improvement.
The 2015 ADF Families Survey, focusing on absences and relocations, was administered by Defence in collaboration with Defence Families of Australia (DFA). The research program aims to provide Defence insight into the impact of ADF conditions of service on family members’ satisfaction with service life. It also measures family members’ satisfaction with family support services so that Defence can identify areas for targeted improvement.
Defence Family Matters - DCO produces a free lifestyle magazine for Defence families, Defence Family Matters or DFM. In DFM you can find articles celebrating Defence families, advice and tips for dealing with common challenges like relocating and deployment, information on family support services available from Defence or the community, and news about changes in the Defence environment that might affect families.
Defence Family and Domestic Violence Strategy - The Defence Family and Domestic Violence Strategy 2017–2022 sets out the principles and strategies to support Defence personnel and their families who are affected by family and domestic violence. Targeted action plans will support the strategy and describe specific activities and initiatives to be undertaken by each Service and Group.
Defence magazine - Defence magazine covers a broad range of information about the Department of Defence and the ADF.
Service newspapers - Navy, Army and Air Force each publish newspapers every fortnight. These Service newspapers contain informative and entertaining material for both members and their families. Service newspapers are available to view online, or distributed free through member’s units. Alternatively, you can subscribe by calling 02 6265 1304 to have them home-delivered for a small fee.
Improving the Transition Experience - The Improving the Transition Experience report has been produced by the Transition Taskforce, co-chaired by Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and the Department of Defence and is made up of current and former members of the Australian Defence Force as well as representatives from key areas within DVA, Defence and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. In May 2018, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade resolved to inquire into and report on Transition from the ADF. DVA and Defence have made a joint submission to the Joint Standing Committee to be published on Parliament of Australia – Submissions received by the Committee DVA and Defence will review the findings and recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry and these, along with the Taskforce's report, will inform the way both departments improve the support services available to transitioning members and their families.
The Hamilton Report - The 1986 Hamilton report: Supporting Service Families, the first clear articulation of Defence family support that underpins DCO's work to this day.