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Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: suicide monitoring 1997 to 2020

This report is the fifth annual update monitoring deaths by suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. The population considered are ADF members who served between 1985 and 2020.

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide: interim report

This inquiry is focused on the identification of systemic problems and solutions to suicide and suicidality among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. The report provides commentary on the summary of work undertaken, the Commission's preliminary observations, and recommendations about urgent and immediate...

Spouses and partners of Vietnam veterans – findings from the Vietnam Veterans Family Study

This report confirms the long-term impact of Vietnam War service on family members. The study confirms that veteran partners should continue to be considered in the design of early intervention supports to help reduce the long-term impact of military service on families.

Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: suicide monitoring 2001 to 2019

This report is the fourth annual update into suicides among permanent, reserve and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and the first to include the population of ADF members who served in the ADF between 1985 and 2019 by using data from historical ADF personnel...
Briefing paper

Department of Veterans' Affairs initial background paper to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

This background paper was prepared by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and has been published by the Royal Commission for the purpose of informing the public.
Briefing paper

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide: introductory Defence briefing

The Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force, collectively known as Defence, have prepared this document as an introductory briefing paper to the Royal Commissioners. The paper provides background into the employment arrangements for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including the composition of the...

Effectiveness of the planning and management of Veteran Centric Reforms

The objective of the audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs' (DVA's) planning and management of the Veteran Centric Reform (VCR) program.

National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2020 update

The information in this report is based on fact of death information from the National Death Index (NDI), cause of death information from the National Mortality Database (NMD) and Defence Suicide Database (DSD), as well as information on personnel in the three ADF service status...

Veteran mental health and wellbeing strategy and national action plan 2020-2023

While mental health services have been evolving, veterans have also been changing. The duration and nature of recent and current military conflicts has materially changed the mental health profile of modern veterans. Veterans, current serving members, service providers and ex-service organisation (ESOs) all collaborated on...

Veterans and families strategy

Incorporating the five themes of recognition, understanding, support, participation and commemoration, this strategy aims to guide the development and implementation of policies and initiatives to promote the wellbeing of Western Australia's veterans.

A better way to support veterans: inquiry report

This report sets out the Commission's findings and recommendations on a better way to support veterans. The key message of this report is that despite recent improvements to the system, the current veterans' compensation and rehabilitation system requires fundamental reform.

The voices of central Bougainville’s unheard veterans

Nearly two decades since the Bougainville Peace Agreement ended almost a decade of violent conflict, there has been significant progress towards peace. But legacies of the conflict still present challenges for former combatants and the communities they live in.
Policy report

Our plan to respect and support veterans and their families

National Party policy document outlining their plans for supporting Australian veterans and their families.
Draft report

A better way to support veterans: draft report

The key message of this draft report is that the current veterans’ compensation and rehabilitation system is not ‘fit-for-purpose’ – it requires fundamental reform. The system is out-of-date and is not working in the interest of veterans and their families or the Australian community.

A profile of Australia's veterans 2018

Veterans of the Australian Defence Force are an important group of people for health and welfare monitoring. This report presents an overview of what is known about the health and welfare of Australian veterans, identifies key data gaps and looks at what could be done...

Family wellbeing study

The Family Wellbeing Study focuses on how families are faring at two of the major stages of a military career: during service, and in the first years after the transition to civilian life. An additional focus is how differing types of family members are faring.

Causes of death among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2002–2015

A three year partnership between the DVA and AIHW has been established to run from 2017–18 to 2019–20, with the aim of building a comprehensive profile of the health and welfare of Australia’s veteran population.
Working paper

Development of a veteran-centred model: a working paper

The veteran-centred model is based on the AIHW’s person-centred model and supports a person-centred approach to understanding the experiences and outcomes of Australia’s veterans. This working paper shows how the AIHW person-centred model can be relevantly applied to the veteran population to support holistic analysis...

Efficiency of veterans service delivery by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

This audit found that the majority of DVA rehabilitation and compensation services are being delivered to veterans and their dependents within DVA’s time-based performance targets. However, a minority of claims take an excessively long period to process due to inefficient handling. These delays can have...
Discussion paper

Veterans’ advocacy and support services scoping study: discussion paper

Darren Chester, Federal Veterans’ Affairs Minister, announced this scoping study to improve advocacy and support services for veterans and their families. The Terms of Reference are set out at Attachment A to this discussion paper.

The veteran rehabilitation strategy 2018–2021

This strategy is designed to give practical support and assistance to the men and women who need it, so they can be well and independent, and achieve the best that they can for themselves, their whānau, and their communities.
Discussion paper

Compensation and rehabilitation for veterans: issues paper

This issues paper has been released by the Productivity Commission to assist participants in preparing a submission to the inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans.

Mental health prevalence and pathways to care

The largest study undertaken to examine the impact of military service has confirmed the need for the Australian government to focus on assisting veterans to transition into civilian life.

Report of the Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 into the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW branch), RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution and RSL Life Care Limited

This inquiry, headed by former NSW Supreme Court Justice, Patricia Bergin SC, followed allegations of rorting and embezzlement within the RSL's New South Wales branch.

Incidence of suicide in serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: detailed analysis 2001–2015

This report examines the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel in 2001–2015, and identifies characteristics that may be associated with suicide risk.