The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has today presented its interim report to the Governor General, His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).
With the interim report now public, RSL Queensland commits to reviewing its findings and working across the sector to ensure that the report’s findings are delivered. Throughout the Royal Commission, we have collaborated with our colleagues in the RSL across Australia to share our insights and explain our services to the Commission.
We recognise the release of this interim report as an important milestone and reaffirm our support for the valuable work of the Royal Commission. RSL Queensland will continue to support veterans and their families to safely share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. The Royal Commission will accept submissions until Friday 14 October 2022.
The Attorney-General’s Department has advised that as a part of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide two types of legal assistance arrangements will be available – a legal financial assistance scheme and a national legal advice service. Please follow this link for information about the assistance provided by the Australian Government.
If you have been affected by the issues raised by the Royal Commission, please contact Open Arms Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 to access free and confidential counselling and support for current and former serving ADF members and their families. Their counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To read the full interim report, please visit the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide website: Interim Report | Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
RSL Queensland State President
Major General Stephen Day DSC AM