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Read the latest research paper

New research conducted for the Royal Commission estimates that one serving or ex-serving Australian Defence Force member has suicide-related contact with emergency services every four hours across Australia.

Read the latest research paper

New research conducted for the Royal Commission estimates that one serving or ex-serving Australian Defence Force member has suicide-related contact with emergency services every four hours across Australia.

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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Second roundtables overview has been published

The Royal Commission has organised a number of roundtables and workshops to better understand the systemic, cultural and structural issues that can contribute to suicide by serving and ex-serving Defence members. The second roundtable overview covers a number of roundtables which covered themes including claims processing, mentally healthy workplaces and ex-service organisations, as well as topics related to NORFORCE.

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

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