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  • The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is continuing its inquiry across Australia and working towards a final report in June 2024.
  • If you’re a serving or ex-serving ADF member, the Royal Commission wants to hear from you, your family and your mates.
  • Australia has a long and proud service history and we know not all veterans are struggling. Sharing your story can help prevent suicide and make a safer and stronger ADF.
  • The Royal Commission wants to hear about a range of experiences and your story does not need to directly relate to suicide – it could be about recruitment, training and deployment; leadership and culture, including abuse, bullying and harassment; transfer, separation and transition to civilian life; medical processes; and family support.
  • The Royal Commission is looking at both current and historical issues.
  • Submissions close on 13 October 2023 and there are a variety of ways to share your story.
  • Strong protections are in place which means you can’t be disadvantaged for speaking to the Royal Commission.
  • Making a submission doesn’t mean you will be called as a witness at a public hearing, and you can remain anonymous. Counselling and legal support is available.
  • For more information on how to share your story, visit the Royal Commission’s website: defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au or call 1800 329 095.

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There’s still time to share your story with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. Help prevent suicide and make a safer, stronger ADF. Submissions close on 13 October 2023. Counselling and support are available. Visit: defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au
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The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is coming to town. Register to watch the public hearing or find out how to share your story on the website: defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au. Counselling and support are available.
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Protections are in place if you want to share your story with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. You cannot be disadvantaged for speaking up and you can remain anonymous. Visit: defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au or call 1800 329 095
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Share your story with the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is continuing its inquiry – there’s still time to share your story.

Australia has a long and proud service history and we know not all veterans are struggling. Sharing your story can help prevent suicide and make a safer and stronger ADF.

The Royal Commission wants to hear about a range of experiences, positive or negative, past or present. Your story does not need to directly relate to suicide – it could be about: recruitment, training and deployment; leadership and culture, including abuse, bullying and harassment; transfer, separation and transition to civilian life; medical processes; and family support.

Submissions close on 13 October 2023 and there are a variety of ways to share your story.

Strong protections are in place which means you can’t be disadvantaged for speaking up and you can remain anonymous. Counselling and legal support are available.

For more information, visit the Royal Commission’s website: defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au or call 1800 329 095.

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