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Defence Family Matters

Defence Family Matters is a free lifestyle magazine designed for Defence families.

In DFM you can find articles celebrating Defence families, advice and tips for managing deployment, family member absence, relocation and posting and other aspects of military life. The magazine also publishes information on family support services available from Defence and the community, and news about changes in the Defence environment that affect families.

The magazine is sent out twice a year to all ADF members who have one or more dependants and are permanent or on Continuous Fulltime Service.

Read online or opt out

If you would like to stop receiving the printed version of DFM and would prefer to read the magazine online, or if you would like to opt out of recieving the magazine altogether, then let us know.

Current issue


Defence Family MattersThe latest issue of Defence Family Matters for 2019 is out now and on its way to mailboxes and Commanders 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.

In our cover story, Emma talks about raising her son Caleb, who lives with CHARGE syndrome. In our feature story, Jessica shares the heartbreaking story of the premature birth of her daughter Scarlett, and how the family created memories with her during her short life. Plus, there’s lots more from families across the country.

View: DFM online version | Download: DFM (13MB)


Past issues