Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

HAVE YOUR SAY... The Federal Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester and Local Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum. Photo: Stephanie Holliday

THE Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester was in Shepparton last Tuesday as he urges the Goulburn Valley military community to ‘have your say’ on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

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

The Royal Commission is expected to examine the systemic issues and any common themes and past deaths by suicide of Australian Defence Force members and veterans and the experience of members and veterans who may continue to be at risk of suicide.

Mr Chester visited the electorate of Nicholls for two days as part of consultation with veterans, family members, service personnel and ex-service organisations.

“The Member for Nicholls Damian Drum has invited me here to meet with veterans, Defence personnel and their families to discuss the Royal Commission and other significant issues,” said Mr Chester.

“Damian has been active in promoting the interests of veterans and Defence personnel in his community and I look forward to listening to locals on this visit.”

The Royal Commission is an opportunity to identify any weaknesses, listen to the ideas of Australians, and implement changes that can help to save lives.

Support for veterans and their families is available free of charge through the Open Arms counselling service on 1800 011 046.