Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester has announced that, from 1 July 2019, all ADF personnel leaving full-time service can access a fully-funded comprehensive health check with a GP every year for the first five years. Your GP can make referrals for additional tests, treatment or assessment, and can refer you to relevant DVA services or programs. For details see the AT-Ease website.
The ADF Families Survey has now closed.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the survey and told Defence about their experiences.
The results of the survey will be released in late 2019.
The latest issue of Defence Family Matters for 2019 is out now and on its way to mailboxes around the country!
ADF members and their families from a wide range of backgrounds share stories about resilience, finding a good balance, and making the most of the opportunities created by military life.
Read Kate’s story in The Gift of Life.
Dual-serving couple Laura and Liam transferred from the Irish Defence Force to the Australian Army only to be caught up with other ADF families in the 2019 Townsville floods. They talk about the inspiring community spirit and resilience of their new home in Townsville floods fail to dampen spirits.
While the city was being inundated with water, one unit at Lavarack Barracks was being inundated with babies. Three families became first-time parents during the natural disaster!
Recent changes to the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) eligibility criteria means more ADF partners are being supported in finding work when they post to a new location.
Eligible partners can now apply for up to $1500 funding for employment-related services for up to two years following the member’s post-in date. Partners of members transitioning from Service on medical grounds are also now eligible.
Read more about the changes in the latest issue of DFM.
Current ForceNet users can invite family members over 18 years of age to register through their ForceNet profile page or Defence families can register at http://www.forcenet.gov.au
Our ADF Transition coaches are now supporting members and their families making the transition from the permanent forces for up to 12 months post-transition.
If you’d like to know more about what’s involved, check out the new short animation explaining the process and all the support available for Your Transition
ADF members and their families can now access more transition support services to assist them during their career and when they decide to transition from Defence. Read the full story on the changes to ADF Transition support.
More transition support available for members and their families
Our area offices hold events for Defence families across Australia.
Welcome events for 2019 have finished - Stay tuned for 2020 welcome event dates