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Crisis support

For immediate help in a crisis, please contact one of the following services.

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

24-hour counselling service for suicide prevention and mental health

Available via telephone, online and by video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts.

Open Arms

1800 011 046

Free and confidential, 24/7 national counselling service for Australian veterans and their families, provided through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Veterans and families counselling

Defence All-hours Support Line

1800 628 036

Lifeline Australia

13 11 14

24-hour crisis support line

Crisis support line, text line and chat line

24 hours / 7 days crisis support line.

Nightly text line 0477 131 114

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

Free, immediate, short-term counselling

Advice and referral via telephone, webchat or email 24/7.

Triple zero (000)

Contact Triple zero (000) if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else.

Contact your nearest Emergency Department

If you need immediate medical help or you feel like you may hurt yourself.

National legal advice service

A legal service has been established for people who want to engage with the Royal Commission.

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service (DAVLS) is a free, national service that provides independent information and legal advice to assist Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, and their families, carers and supporters.

DAVLS is funded by the Australian Government through National Legal Aid. It is independent and separate from the Royal Commission, the Department of Defence, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The service is trauma-informed, culturally safe and accessible and will enable people to understand their legal rights and options while engaging with the Royal Commission. It can also provide referrals to counselling and other social support.

The service will run for the duration of the Royal Commission.

Contact the Defence and Veterans Legal Service:

More information about the service is available on the DAVLS website.

Legal financial assistance scheme

The Australian Government will provide legal financial assistance to individuals and entities to assist with meeting the costs of legal representation and disbursements associated with engaging with the Royal Commission.

The legal financial assistance scheme is administered by the Attorney-General’s Department, independently of the Royal Commission.

For further information, visit the Attorney-General’s Department’s website or contact Legal Financial Assistance Casework, within the Attorney-General’s Department, on 02 6141 4770 or 1800 117 995 (between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday), or by email at finass@ag.gov.au