Individuals who have experienced abuse in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will have more time to submit a report of abuse following the extension of the Defence Reparation Scheme to 30 June 2022. The decision reflects the importance Defence places on ensuring as many individuals as possible who have experienced serious abuse are provided an opportunity to submit a report.

Abuse, in any form, is neither tolerated nor accepted in Defence, and affording those who were subject to serious abuse additional time to come forward is key to the healing process. The Defence Reparation Scheme commenced in 2017 and is open to current and former members of the ADF who suffered abuse by another ADF member on or before 30 June 2014. Applicants must contact the Defence Force Ombudsman on or before 30 June 2022, and either submit a report of abuse, or provide written notification of their intention to submit a report, with completed reports to be lodged by 30 June 2023.

More information about the Defence Reparation Scheme is available here.

If you are feeling distressed and need to speak with someone, call one of the 24-hour support services listed below:

  • Defence All-hours Support Line – The All-hours Support Line (ASL) is a confidential telephone service for ADF members and their families that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1800 628 036.
  • Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) provides free and confidential counselling and support for current and former ADF members and their families. They can be reached 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website for more information.


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