Labor's Plan For A Family Engagement And Support Strategy For Defence Personnel And Veterans


A Shorten Labor Government will develop a Family Engagement and Support Strategy for Defence Personnel and Veterans to provide greater support to our military families.

ADF families play a pivotal role in supporting our current serving ADF men, women and veterans, which is why it is important we ensure they have the support they need to address the unique challenges of military family life.


This strategy will implement a key recommendation of the National Mental Health Commissions’ review into Services Available to Veterans and Current Serving Members of the Australian Defence Force in Relation to the Prevention of Self-harm and Suicide.

In responding to the review recommendations, the Liberals have failed to commit to developing a strategy to provide greater support and resources to military families.

There is no doubt that families play a critical role in providing support to our serving and ex-service personnel and developing a family strategy also acknowledges the important role of families in the rehabilitation of ADF members and veterans from both physical and mental injury and illness.

The development of this strategy has a budget cost of $2.0 million.

We will pay for the strategy by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.