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Advocacy for Veterans’ Health and Suicide

On 19 April 2021, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the Government will recommend to the Governor-General the establishment a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, following a period of consultation on the draft Terms of Reference.

This page provides the latest information on the Royal Commission, as well as RSL NSW and RSL Australia’s advocacy for better support for the mental health of veterans.

RSL NSW Royal Commission Office

RSL NSW has established a Royal Commission Office at ANZAC House. The Office will provide support to all levels of the RSL in engagement with the Royal Commission. Establishment of the Office will ensure the strongest response to the Royal Commission, and by doing so, also ensure the best support and outcomes for our valued members and the wider veteran community.

For more information visit the RSL NSW Royal Commission Office page.

Media Releases

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

View the RSL NSW submission to the Royal Commission
View the RSL Australia submission to the Royal Commission
Letter from Nick Kaldas, Chair of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide
Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Terms of Reference
Media Release – RSL on Royal Commission announcement
Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs background papers

Appointment of  National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention
Read Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement here.
Read the RSL NSW President Update welcoming the appointment.
Read the National Commissioner’s Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides (15 September 2021)

Government reports and implementation of recommendations for veteran health issues.
See DVA website here.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: suicide monitoring 2001 to 2019 (29 September 2021)

The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans report – Implementation of Recommendations
Read 31 December 2018 update. [PDF]

Suicide Senate Inquiry recommendations
Question on Notice [PDF]
Extract: The 2017 Senate Inquiry report The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans made 24 recommendations. The Government agreed to 22 recommendations, and agreed-in-principle to two recommendations.
A copy of actions taken in response to the recommendations is available on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website at:

Wellbeing and Support Program
Question on Notice [PDF]
Extract: The Wellbeing Support Program case management pilot is set to conclude on 30 June 2020. The evaluation is being performed by Flinders University and the evaluation report is expected by 30 September 2020.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans

DVA Veterans’ Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) Inquiry into transition from the Australian Defence Force (ADF)

Mental health support lines for veterans

Open Arms 24-hour support line 1800 011 046 or visit

In crisis, call: Suicide Call Back
Service 1300 659 467
Lifeline 13 11 14