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 Victoria Daily Summaries
Linked below are daily hearing block summaries produced by the RSL to help keep our members up to date with the activities of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
Hearing block 5: Townsville
Day one (20 June 2022)
Day two (21 June 2022)
Day three (22 June 2022)
Day four (23 June 2022)
Day five (24 June 2022)
Day six (27 June 2022)
Day seven (28 June 2022)
Day eight (29 June 2022)
Day nine (30 June 2022)
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.
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
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.