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National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

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The National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

An independent Commissioner to inquire into, and support the prevention of, suicide in the Australian Defence and Veteran community.

On 15 September 2021 the interim National Commissioner presented her report to Government about her Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides. Click here to view the report.

The National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention

An independent Commissioner to inquire into, and support the prevention of, suicide in the Australian Defence and Veteran community.

On 15 September 2021 the interim National Commissioner presented her report to Government about her Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides. Click here to view the report.

On 15 September 2021, the interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, Dr Bernadette Boss CSC, handed a report to Government detailing the findings of her Independent Review of Past Defence and Veteran Suicides. The report has been tabled in Parliament and is accessible here.

Dr Boss also wrote to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force, their families, friends, and others in the wider Defence community who have engaged with her work. Read Dr Boss’s letter, and her media release.

With the completion of the Independent Review, the office of the National Commissioner is no longer taking enquiries. The crucial task of inquiring into Defence and veteran suicide will continue through the Royal Commission.

For all enquiries to, or for more information about, the newly established Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, please visit the Royal Commission's website.

Phone 1800 329 095
Email dvsrc.enquiries@royalcommission.gov.au

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About the interim National Commissioner

On 5 February 2020 the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced the establishment of an interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.

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The Independent Review into Past Defence and Veteran Suicides

The interim National Commissioner provided a report to Government about her work on the Independent Review on 15 September 2021.

In support of Dr Boss’ work, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has also provided a report on Defence members and veterans who died by suicide.

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Events and media

Read past media releases and information about events hosted by the interim National Commissioner.

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Crisis support

If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, please contact one of the following services.

Crisis support

This website contains content about suicide and may be distressing for some people. If you or someone else needs help, please contact the following services.

000 ­– Triple zero

Call Triple zero (000) if you need immediate help or feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else.

Emergency Department

Visit your nearest emergency department if you need immediate medical help or you feel like you may hurt yourself.

Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling

Call 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website.

ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line

Call 1800 628 036 or visit the Defence website to find out more.

Lifeline Australia

Call 13 11 14 or chat online with Lifeline.

Suicide Call Back Service

Call 1300 659 467 or chat online with Suicide Call Back Service

Safe Zone Support

Call 1800 142 072 or visit the Open Arms website to find out more.

Beyond Blue

Call 1300 224 636 or chat online with Beyond Blue.

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