On 19 April 2021, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into Defence and veteran suicide.
The Royal Commission will be set up after listening to community calls for a national inquiry focusing on the systemic issues faced by Australian Defence Force members and veterans that too often results in their loss of life to suicide.
The consultation process to inform the Terms of Reference (19 April – 21 May 2021) for the Royal Commission has now closed.
Widespread feedback has been received by DVA. All feedback provided to DVA has now been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department for consideration. The Attorney General’s Department will now progress the Terms of Reference and an announcement will be made once finalised.
The Royal Commission has not yet been formally established at this time and, as such, the Department is not in a position to provide correspondence to the Royal Commission. Engagement with the Royal Commission, including the opportunity to make a formal submission, will be determined by the Royal Commission once established, and will be widely advertised.
The Royal Commission will be independent of government, DVA and Defence.
The Office of the National Commissioner continues to hear stories from families, serving and ex-serving members who have been affected by defence member and veteran deaths by suicide. Please visit the Office of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention website for more information.
Information about the Royal Commission, including the Terms of Reference, will continue to be updated on this website.
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if you are struggling, mental health support is available 24/7. Please reach out to Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website.