Royal Commission2021-07-12T07:36:49+10:00

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

On 8 July 2021 the Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP announced that the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency, General David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has signed the Letters Patent, officially establishing the Royal Commission. The Letters Patent formally appoint the Commissioners and outline the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission will inquire into systemic issues and common themes related to Defence and veteran death by suicide, including the possible contribution of pre-service, service, transition, separation and post-service issues, and other matters the Royal Commission considers relevant to its inquiry.

The Terms of Reference are available on the Royal Commission website:

The Royal Commission will be led by Mr Nick Kaldas APM as Chair, with the Hon James Douglas QC and Dr Peggy Brown AO as Commissioners.

RSL Australia is committed to providing its full support to the Commission.  We will continue to listen to and advocate for all veterans throughout the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission will accept submissions until at least the end of March 2022.


Read RSL media releases relating to the submission:

9 July 2021 – RSL Welcomes Appointment of Royal Commissioners

24 May 2021 – RSL input to consultation themes for Royal Commission

19 April 2021 – RSL commitment to the Royal Commission

26 March 2021 – RSL fully supports Royal Commission

Read the RSL submission on the themes for the consultation to inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide:

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