The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to address the unacceptably high rates of suicide among Australian Defence Force members and veterans.

We have introduced legislation to establish the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.

The National Commissioner will have powers broadly equivalent to a Royal Commission, but will be a permanent office that can continually monitor the implementation of its own recommendations to ensure long-term solutions are delivered, while also being able to examine new issues which may arise over time.

There will be a four week consultation on the Bills which will inform the ongoing refinement of the legislation for consideration by Parliament.

The Bills, and further information about the consultation process are available at

If you, or someone you know, need support, you can contact:

  • Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • Open Arms (current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families are able to seek this free and confidential support) – 1800 011 046
  • ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line (for current serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families) on 1800 628 036.