Home ADF Members & Families Australian Defence Force Family Covenant Defence is committed to working with ADF families to help them balance the demands of service life with the needs of the family. Defence recognises the contribution of ADF families to operational effectiveness. Defence pays tribute to the commitment and sacrifice of ADF families. Defence acknowledges the unique nature of family and community life in the ADF. Defence honours the inherent strength and capacity of ADF families. Defence pledges to work in partnership with ADF families to enhance their self reliance. Defence commits to listening and responding to the needs of ADF families.