Twice yearly, Australia Post delivers care packages to our deployed troops sent by the public, including many community groups, organisations, schools and individual households.

The window for Australian Post to accept parcels for deployed personnel from the public for Christmas Day 2021 closed on 12 November 2021.

Defence was once again overwhelmed by the generosity of Australians, receiving more packages than the number of troops deployed on operations overseas.

The Anzac Day 2022 mailing window dates will be published once confirmed

(Note: Family and friends are able to send addressed parcels at any time) Further information is available on the Defence Member and Family Support website.

There are a range of  organisations in Australia the general public can support throughout the year that provide ongoing services to returned troops in the areas of mental health, employment support, training, and individual and family welfare.

The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a list of ex-service organisations in Australia; donations to these organisations help provide ongoing support to those who have served Australia.

Another way to show your support is to donate to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund, which prepares care packages that are dispatched to Defence personnel deployed on operations in time for Christmas Day and Anzac Day.

These packages contain non-perishable items and a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Australians. Importantly, these packages are prepared specifically to meet all Defence and host nation transport and import requirements.

Donations can be made online to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and every donation is individually acknowledged by the RSL.