Feedback received to inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

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The consultation process to inform the Terms of Reference (19 April – 21 May 2021) for the Royal Commission has now closed.

Please note that feedback will be progressively published on this page.

Publication of feedback was optional. Options were provided to publish anonymously, with name or using a pseudonym. You can read DVA’s privacy statement in regard to this consultation process here.

Whether or not you chose to have your feedback published, all relevant feedback will be provided to the Attorney-General’s Department to inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission.

You can opt-out at any stage by emailing royalcommission [at] If you provide your name at the time of providing your feedback and you agree to the publication of your feedback along with your name, but later choose to opt-out, your feedback will be taken down and no longer made public.

Please also note that we will not publish your feedback if we consider (for any reason) that it should not be made public. We may also redact parts of your feedback before publication, as appropriate. This may occur in circumstances where your feedback is not relevant to the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission, contains personal or sensitive information, could potentially defame others, is offensive in nature or contains operationally sensitive material.

Once the Royal Commission has been formally established published feedback will be removed from the DVA website.

Feedback was also able to be provided to the Attorney-General's Department. Feedback received can be viewed on the AGD website.

Consultation Report - Feedback to the consultation process to inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide (PDF 363 KB)
This report includes themes and issues raised in feedback provided to DVA.

Get support if you need it

This webpage contains content about suicide and related issues and may be distressing for some people.

For anyone who is 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.

In addition, anyone who has served even one day full time service in the ADF, including reservists, may be eligible for free mental health treatment for life. Known as Non-Liability Health Care, it is available to eligible serving or ex-serving personnel whether or not there's a link between their condition and their military service.

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