The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021, and is a significant opportunity to address the devastating impact of Defence and Veteran suicide in Australia.

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are: The Commissioners are appointed to be a Commission of inquiry, and required and authorised to inquire into the following matters:

Latest Update: Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Interim Report

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Interim Report is now available. You can read the report on The Royal Commission website.

Latest Update: Hearings

Hearing block 6 has now begun in Hobart, Tasmania. You can access transcripts from hearing blocks 1 (Brisbane), 2 & 3 (Sydney) and four (Canberra) below.

Hearing block 7 will begin in Darwin on October 17. Hearing block 8 will begin in Wagga Wagga on November 28.

You can watch the hearing live via the Royal Commission website.

Transcripts from previous hearings are also available on the Royal Commission website.

Public Hearing 1: Brisbane Transcripts
Public Hearing 2: Sydney Transcripts

Public Hearing 3: Sydney Transcripts
Public Hearing 4: Canberra Transcripts

Public Hearing 5: Townsville Transcripts

Public Hearings 6: Hobart Transcripts

For more information visit the Commission's website and Facebook page.

RSL Summaries

Below you can find our summaries of the hearing blocks.

RSL Victoria Daily Summaries

RSL Victoria Supports the Royal Commission

RSL Victoria supports the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, and has, after extensive consultation with our members, contributed to RSL Australia’s (RSLA) submission to the Royal Commission.

Read RSL Victoria’s contribution to the submission below. The submission identifies key areas for action, including governance arrangements, legislative change, resourcing and funding, along with targeted mental health programs.

RSL Victoria welcomes the Royal Commission and urges the Commission to use its powers to be a force for change.

RSL Australia's Interim Submission to the Royal Commission

Below you can read RSL Australia's Interim Submission to the Royal Commission and the two associated annexures.

Defence Support Services

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide may raise issues for some members. Help is available if you are in need of support.

Open Arms is a free 24 hour, 7 day a week national counselling service for Australian veterans and their families. 1800 011 046.

Defence member and family helpline is a 24 hour, 7 day a week support line that can connect defence members and their families with their local DMFS team. 1800 624 608

Defence All-hours Support Line is a 24 hour, 7 day a week confidential telephone service for defence members and their families that can help defence members and their families to access ADF or civilian mental health services more easily. 1800 628 036

Defence and Veterans Legal Service is a free national service that provides independent information and legal advice to support Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, as well as their families, carers and supporters, to safely share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. 1800 33 1800

Support Services

Suicide Call Back Service is a free national wide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people affected by suicide. 1300 659 467

Lifeline Australia is a free 24-hour, 7 day a week crisis support line. 13 11 14

Beyond Blue is a free short-term counselling service. 1300 224 636

RSL Victoria support

RSL Victoria can help connect current members of the ADF and veterans with counselling and mental health support as well as direct welfare, advocacy and wellbeing services.

Victorian Veterans in need of support can contact your local RSL Sub-Branch or RSL Victoria’s Veteran Central (VETCEN) between the hours of 9-5 Monday to Friday via 1300 MILVET (1300645 838).