On 19 April 2021, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced that the Government will establish a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
The Morrison Government has been listening to community calls for a national inquiry focussing on the systemic issues faced by Australian Defence Force members and veterans that too often results in their loss of life to suicide.
This will provide an opportunity for us all to reset, further increase our understanding of this issue and unite the Parliament, the ex-service community and the families who have been affected by suicide.
The death of any Australian Defence Force member or veteran is a tragedy and deeply felt by all Australians.
Recognising this, the Government will take the step of recommending to the Governor‑General the establishment of a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, following a period of consultation on draft Terms of Reference.
Suicide prevention is a key priority for the Government and we recognise that the rate of suicide of Australian Defence Force members and veterans is unacceptably high.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester MP, will lead the consultation process on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission.
I encourage serving Defence Force members, veterans and their families to contribute to the consultation process.
Details on how to participate in the consultation process can be found via the DVA website: https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview/reporting/reviews-and-reports/royal-commission-defence-and-veteran-suicide
Enquires and contributions to the consultation process can be emailed to: [email protected]