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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

Summer 2020-21

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

It’s been a long and challenging 2020 and most of the families interviewed in this issue have been impacted in some way by COVID-19.

In our cover story, we talk to Wim whose six-week road trip from Victoria to visit family in Amberley has now reached ten months due to boarder closures and his own health. In our feature story, Lily shares how joining a ‘Girls of Courage’ camp gave her the opportunity to push herself to new heights. We also catch up with more of our Defence families around the country at the activities, events and workshops hosted by our regional offices.

View: DFM online version | Download: DFM (5.7MB)


Past issues