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Many Australian Defence Force members have been subjected to professional employment failures during service, causing them irrevocable reputational HARM and mental trauma. 

Others in our community who are speaking out...

"We're far past the time for a royal commission into veteran suicide More Australian veterans have taken their own lives in recent years than are dying on the battlefield. We need a royal commission to shine a light on this tragedy, so we can do a better job helping our ex-service people to cope with life after the military. This is a matter really close to my heart, as a Veteran, a brother of veterans, a son and grandson and great-grandson of veterans."

Luke Gosling, MP

Shayne Neumann MP

"We are failing our veterans and we urgently need a royal commission into this terrible scourge. This latest update is a wake-up call and shows we are losing the war when it comes to saving our current and former defence personnel."

The Shadow Minister for Veteran’s Affairs & Defence Personnel Shayne Neumann MP is among those in the Veterans community who are concerned that an interim National Commissioner undertaking an in-house review will not have all the powers of a Royal Commission, as the Government is claiming.

Appointment of Interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention. News Release

"Australia needs a Royal Commission into the tragedy of Veteran suicide. A national commission does not go far enough. We do not need to lose more lives waiting."

The Federal Member for Bruce shares a powerful message on the issue on Veteran suicide (HERE).

Julian Hill MP

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"I served 42 years in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), predominately with the Australian Special Forces, and obtained the rank of Warrant Officer Class One. Throughout my service, I have stood beside a number of my colleagues who were subjected to inequitable treatment that resulted in significant detriment to their career, reputation and mental health. The mistreatment of ADF personnel must stop! We need reforms that include a reparation policy that: acknowledges violations that were committed against an ADF member, to repair the damage done by these violations, and to identify the root causes of the violations to prevent them from occurring again in the future."

Kerry Danes, CSM

Dr Kay Danes OAM 

"I think a critical element that is missing from the current discourse is the impact that defective administration also has on ADF members, prior to discharge. As the research reflects, many ADF members have been subjected to significant professional employment failures during service, that have caused them  irrevocable reputational harm. The risk of suicide and self harm is not just a consequence of war. It is now commonly accepted, in research, that there is a link between institutional abuse and abnormal suicide risk among this cohort."

Kay earned her PhD with the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University, and has a Masters in Human Rights, with High Distinctions, at Curtin University. 

Have your say at Defence Lives Matter!

Deborah Morris

Military analyst, Griffith University

Enough inquiries that go nowhere – it’s time for a royal commission into veteran suicide.

August 6, 2019

Between 2001 and 2016, 373 Australian veterans took their lives, according to a study commissioned by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). The study noted that male veterans under the age of 30 had a suicide rate more than two times the national average for men the same age. Click here....

Ben Wadham

Associate Professor, School of Education, Flinders University

"There is without a doubt a very strong influence of defective military and political leadership causing much of the deleterious harm of our veterans notwithstanding a politicised role delineation confusion between the basic functions of our elite SOCOMD and infantry soldiers."

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Having your complaint heard is challenged by the fact that even the most seemingly straight-forward point can become highly complex. The nature of your complaint needs to be articulated concisely:

  Your current employment status (serving, reserves, ex-serving ADF personnel),

  A brief synopsis of your complaint and any relevant violation of regulations/legislation,  

What level your complaint reached (e.g., CDF, IGADF, Ombudsman, Minister, Information Commissioner etc.),

  The achieved outcome or resolution.

A description of the outcome you were hoping to achieve.

If you would like any advice on how to structure your complaint, contact us.

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