Over the next week, Australian Defence Force personnel will commemorate Anzac Day on operations around the world.
The ADF is also supporting around 1400 Anzac Day activities at home and overseas during this year's Anzac Day commemorations to pay their respects to more than 102,000 Australians who have died in conflicts. For commemoration event details visit Dept of Veterans' Affairs.
Anzac Day can be a deeply emotional time for Australia’s veterans and their families, and some may find this time of year difficult. Defence family members seeking advice, support or connection with their local community can call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service provides 24/7 free and confidential Australia-wide counselling and support to veterans and their families for war and service related mental health and wellbeing conditions. Phone 1800 011 046.
This issue features how members and their families manage the challenges of postings, and life after leaving Defence.
We've also found some hidden gems around the country to give those posting into the area a head start. Read More
Launched on 17 November, the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program aims to make it easier for businesses to recruit former Defence personnel and for industry to reap the benefits of their skills and professional expertise. Read More
A new policy that recognises the wide range of relationships and family structures in contemporary Australia went live on 1 July.
The new policy aligns the process for recognising members in married, state/territory-registered and de-facto relationships. It also recognises foster children under long-term or permanent care orders. Read More
Throughout 2016 and into early 2017, DCO will run a pilot individual case management service for childcare placement to help Defence families who face difficulties sourcing childcare.. Read More
The annual National Families Week celebration aims to highlight the importance of family in Australian life. more info
Our 2017 Welcome events have finished. Check back in December for next years events. more info