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Making a submission

What is a submission?

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide wants to hear from Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, as well as their families, carers and supporters, so it can tell the government how to prevent future deaths by suicide.

A submission is a way for you to share your experiences with the Royal Commission. It might be about your experiences or another person’s.

A submission can also include your ideas and recommendations for change.

You can make one or many submissions. A submission can be short or as long as you need to share your experiences.

How can I make a submission?

You can make a submission to the Royal Commission by:

When can I make a submission?

The Royal Commission is due to deliver its final report with recommendations by 15 June 2023.

The Royal Commission will continue to accept submissions until at least the end of March 2022. A date for the closing of submissions will be announced before the end of 2021.

You can make a submission about an issue after the public hearing on that issue has been completed.

It can take some time for a person to feel ready and be able to engage with the Royal Commission. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, please call us on 1800 33 1800 (free call) Monday to Friday or go to our contact us page for other ways to reach us.

Support with your submission

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service can provide you with free, independent legal support and advice to prepare your submission. We can also connect you with other service, such as such as counselling, advocacy, and other legal support not related to the Royal Commission. 

Need more information?

Call 1800 33 1800 (free call) Monday to Friday or go to our contact us page for other ways to reach us. We can give you information and support you to make a submission. You can also visit the Defence and Veterans Royal Commission’s website.

You can also look at our submissions guide, which provides more information about the submission process and offers tips and ideas for preparing a submission. You can also visit the Royal Commission’s website.

Last updated 6 December 2021