In 2020, the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry report, also known as the Brereton Report, found credible information that members of the Australian Special Forces had committed war crimes during their operations in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.

In May of 2023, Australian Defence Force chief, Angus Campbell wrote to several current and former Australian Defence Force members informing them that their honours for distinguished and conspicuous service on warlike operations in Afghanistan could soon be cancelled.

A recommendation for the termination of decorations was made by Angus Campbell to Defence Minister Richard Marles recently.

As an ex-service organisation, RSL Victoria is focused on supporting the health and wellbeing of all current and ex-serving members of the ADF.

RSL Victoria State President, Dr Rob Webster OAM said,

"The RSL has always been there for veterans. Right now, the wellbeing of veterans directly and indirectly impacted by the Brereton Report and subsequent recommendation regarding the termination of decorations is a priority."

Dr Rob Webster OAM

RSL Victoria offers welfare, advocacy and wellbeing support. RSL Victoria can also help current and ex-serving members of the ADF connect with counselling and mental health support.

If you are a current or former member of the ADF and are in need of support, please contact RSL Victoria between the hours of 9-5 Monday to Friday, through our Veteran Central (VETCEN) program via 1300 MILVET (1300 645 838).

For 24-hour mental health support, please contact Open Arms Veterans and Family Counselling Service at 1800 011 046.