The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is urging the northern
Tasmania military community to ‘have your say’ on the Terms of Reference for the Royal
Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.
Mr Chester is visiting the electorates of Braddon and Bass for two days as part of consultation with
veterans, family members, service personnel and ex-service organisations.
“The Royal Commission is a chance to unite the veteran community and build on other measures
which have been put in place to support veterans and their families,” Mr Chester said.
“Tasmania has a diverse and dispersed ex-service community with around 8,800 veterans and their
families across the state and it’s important they have their say.
“Both the Member for Braddon, Mr Gavin Pearce MP, and Member for Bass, Ms Bridget Archer MP,
have been great advocates for veterans and their families, and it is important that Tasmanians have
their say as part of the consultation process.
“Any member of the community or any organisation across Australia is able to provide input
regarding the broad themes for the Terms of Reference.”
Following consultation, all feedback will be provided to the Attorney-General’s Department which
will lead the drafting of the Terms of Reference.
Interested individuals, groups, peak bodies, ex-service organisations and community members are
able to review the broad themes for consultation on the DVA website and can contribute to the
consultation process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to the Attorney-General’s
Department: Defence and Veteran Suicide Royal Commission – Public Consultation | Attorney-
Mr Chester said the visit also provided an opportunity to update the community on the recent
Budget, which provided an additional $775 million for veterans’ affairs related measures, including
$5 million for a Veteran Wellbeing Centre in Tasmania.
“We have a world-class system of support for veterans and their families and Australians can be
proud of the fact that $11.8 billion in taxpayers’ money will be provided this year to allow the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs to do its work,” Mr Chester said.
“There’s an enormous amount of help available through DVA, ex-service organisations and
community groups which is making a difference every day.
“I look forward to hearing from the ex-service community here about their concerns, and engaging
with them on how best we can support them.”
Support for veterans and their families is available free of charge through the Open Arms counselling
service on 1800 011 046.
More information on all DVA’s 2021–22 Budget measures is available on the DVA website.
Rachel Tharratt or Cedric Szigeti: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT
Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au