The issues examined by the Royal Commission may impact the Defence workforce, their families and the broader Defence community. Defence notes that suicide is a significant issue that effects many individuals and groups within the community.


Current ADF members and their families are supported by their chain of command and have access to a range of assistance, including mental health, medical, legal, pastoral and social work services.

Veterans and their families have access to support from Department of Veterans' Affairs and Defence, who provide support including mental health, medical, and in some cases, legal support.

These resources are free and confidential for all ADF members and veterans and their families.

Personnel type Resource
Current ADF personnel Chain of command
Garrison Health Centres
Current ADF Reservists Reserve Assistance Program - 1300 687 327
Families of current ADF personnel Defence Member and Family Helpline - 1800 624 608
Veterans and their families Open Arms - 1800 011 046
Current APS Defence employees Employee Assistance Program - 1300 687 327
Former APS Defence employees Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14

Additionally the Defence Health website provides information on a wide range of Defence health services, supports and resources.