The Federal Government has introduced legislation to establish the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.
Federal Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke MP said it was to address the “unacceptably high rates of suicide” among Australian Defence Force members and veterans.
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. Submission are welcome from any individual or organisation. Deadline is September 24.
The Bills, and further information about the consultation process are available at www.ag.gov.au/about-us/national-commissioner-defence-and-veteransuicide-prevention
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.