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Defence Family Matters

Defence Family Matters is a free lifestyle magazine designed for Defence families.

In DFM you can find articles celebrating Defence families, advice and tips for managing deployment, family member absence, relocation and posting and other aspects of military life. The magazine also publishes information on family support services available from Defence and the community, and news about changes in the Defence environment that affect families.

The magazine is sent out twice a year to all ADF members who have one or more dependants and are permanent or on Continuous Fulltime Service.

Read online or opt out

If you would like to stop receiving the printed version of DFM and would prefer to read the magazine online, or if you would like to opt out of recieving the magazine altogether, then let us know.

Current issue


The latest issue of Defence Family Matters is out now and on its way to mailboxes and Commander offices around the country!

ADF families from a wide range of backgrounds share their wonderful stories of resilience and achievement. We hear how many are managing the unprecedented challenges of bushfires and then the coronavirus outbreak that has such an impact on life as we know it.

In our cover story, we talk to Lynn about her incredible escape from her burning home and the trials she has confronted since. In our feature story, Skye shares how she managed the unintentional homebirth of her baby while her husband was deployed. Deborah talks about creating her own flexible and remote business and Joshua shares how supporting his wife through her recruitment and employment has led to him finding a career with Defence too. Plus there’s lots more from families across the country.

View: DFM online version | Download: DFM (5.8MB)


Past issues