Minister Chester's response to Daily Telegraph

The Crisis Accommodation Program

14 June 2019
  • The Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP) aims to provide short-term ‘time-out’ accommodation for up to five days to current and former serving ADF members and their partners. This allows time for them to interrupt a potentially dangerous domestic situation, to seek Open Arms assistance to help address issues that contributed to the crisis, and to reintegrate into the family and/or community.
  • A current or former member of the ADF or their partner in a crisis situation and needing help who phones Open Arms in business hours or Open Arms After Hours Support will be assessed for eligibility and suitability.
  • A current or former serving ADF member or family member assessed as eligible for accommodation will be booked into accommodation as near as possible to their current location.
  • The short-term accommodation is meant to give the client time to arrange his/her own alternative accommodation and seek support from Open Arms.
  • Open Arms is currently rolling out Community and Peer Engagement teams nationally, which will assist in better linkage to the community-based accommodation options however required.


Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling, provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit