Death and bereavement support

In the event of the death of a serving ADF member, Defence will offer the assistance of the Bereavement Support Team to the next of kin.

Bereavement Support Team

The Bereavement Support Team provides emotional and practical support for families, including:

  • advice on military administrative matters
  • assistance with funeral arrangements
  • coordination of military ceremonial components
  • return of a members will and personal effects
  • referrals to other agencies, such as superannuation providers and Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Contact the Defence Member and Family Helpline to access the Bereavement Support Team.

Financial assistance and benefits

Defence offers financial assistance to eligible families. Explore these ADF Pay and Conditions resources for more details on assistance for:

For families receiving existing housing and health program benefits, these will continue for an allowed period of time after a member's death.