A number of valuable resources are available to Veterans and their families across a range of government, volunteer and support organisations. Some are listed below for your information and reference.
The Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs delivers government programs for war veterans, members of the Australian Defence Force, members of the Australian Federal Police and their dependants.
Engage is an online portal where users can search for free services and support designed to benefit current and former ADF members; their families, and/or those involved in their support. Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.
Open Arms - Veteran and Family Counselling (formerly (VVCS)
Open Arms - Veteran and Family Counselling (formerly VVCS) is a national mental health service that provides 24-hour free and confidential counselling, group programs and suicide prevention training for current and ex-serving ADF members, and their family. To get support or to find out more, call 1800 011 046 or visit http://www.openarms.gov.au/
ACT Government Veterans Employment
The Veterans’ Employment Strategy 2020 outlines the ACT Government’s priorities for ensuring veterans and their families chose to remain in, or move to, Canberra as they transition to civilian life.
Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide
The Royal Commission was established on 8 July 2021 to inquire into the systemic issues and risk factors relevant to suicide and suicide behaviours of serving and ex-serving Defence members.
The Royal Commission is continuing its important work, with the due date for submissions being extended until Friday 13 October 2023. If you are interested in participating in the Royal Commission, submissions can be made to the Royal Commission website either through an online form or a paper version can be downloaded and mailed to: GPO Box 3273, Sydney NSW 2001. If you have questions or would like the submission form posted to you then you can ring the Royal Commission on 1800 329 095 between 09:00 and 19:00 AEST Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
Page updated: 07 Feb 2023