Defence Family Research Project

Defence Family Research Project


The Defence Family Research Project is the first step toward creating a better future for our current and ex-serving personnel and their families. Life in the Defence Family is not easy, and experiences during this time can have a life-long impact. If connections are made with Defence members earlier in their journey, work can be done to address risk factors and improve quality of life.

Quality of Life
Defence-Family-Research-Project_Quality-of-Life.jpgOn average, the Defence Family rate their Quality of Life as 6.7 out of 10. This is significantly lower than the general population, for which the average is 7.6.

The highest levels are experienced while serving and again once ex-serving, reflecting times of stability in employment, income, and family life during these stages.

Quality of life drops significantly during the transition out stage with the change in circumstances of employment, relationships and income.

Key Areas of Need
Service has a profound effect on both the member themselves and their immediate family, with 9 in 10 Defence members having at least one unmet need.

Those transitioning out of Defence and families with children are two groups who are coping with added pressures and need additional support.


The Research
The Defence Family Research Project is the largest ever study of Queensland Defence personnel and their families. We commissioned the research to better understand who the Defence Family in Queensland are, and what key needs and challenges they face.

The findings will help to target and tailor our efforts to more effectively meet needs and work towards support that empowers.

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