Defence members and their families are encouraged to come forward and share their personal experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
CAPTION: Commander of the 3rd Brigade Brigadier Kahlil Fegan escorts Royal Commissioners’ Mr Nick Kaldas to the Lavarack Health Centre during his visit to the 3rd Brigade at Lavarack Barracks, Queensland. Photo by Corporal Brodie Cross.
In a video message, Defence leaders detailed the number of ways to make a submission.
Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell said no one would be penalised for telling their story and were fully supported to do so.
Deputy Chief of Army Major General Natasha Fox said you can make a public submission, or you can remain anonymous and if you do, what you share with the Royal Commission remains confidential.
The Royal Commission may raise issues that are personally challenging for some in our Defence community. Defence members and their families are encouraged to reach out if you need support:
- Lifeline – 24/7 on 13 11 14. Their nightly text line can also be reached at 0477 13 11 14
- Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling – 24/7 on 1800 011 046
- Defence All-hours Support Line (ASL) – 24/7 on 1800 628 036
- Defence Member and Family Support – 24/7 on 1800 624 608
- ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services – 24/7 on 1300 333 362
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – 1300 687 327 / +61 3 8620 5300 (International)
- Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office – 24/7 on 1800 SEMPRO (1800 736 776) / +61 2 6127 1759 (International)
If life is in danger, please call 000.
You can find more information about the Royal Commission on their website.