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Shining a Light: Stories of Trauma & Tragedy, Hope & Healing

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s special book honouring the lived experience of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families, is now available.

Shining a Light: Stories of Trauma & Tragedy, Hope & Healing

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s special book honouring the lived experience of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families, is now available.

Announcement

On 8 July 2021, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), issued Letters Patent, which established the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. The Letters patent set out the Royal Commission’s terms of reference, which include inquiring into the systemic issues and risk factors relevant to suicide and suicide behaviours of serving and ex-serving Defence members.

Nick Kaldas APM, the Hon James Douglas KC, and Dr Peggy Brown AO have been appointed as Royal Commissioners. They delivered an interim report on 11 August 2022 and are required to produce a final report by 9 September 2024.

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There are counselling and support services available for people engaging with the Royal Commission

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Our research program has helped identify and examine systemic, structural and cultural issues related to serving and ex-serving Defence member suicide

We are conducting hearings to collect evidence relevant to our inquiry

Ceremonial Closing, Sydney

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will mark the end of its inquiry with a Ceremonial Closing at the State Library of New South Wales, 1 Shakespeare Pl, Sydney, on Wednesday 28 August 2024.

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The Royal Commission's Interim Report was delivered to the Governor-General on 11 August 2022

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We’ve created a number of resources to help you learn more about the Royal Commission

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Watch videos of previous public hearings

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