The latest issue of Defence Family Matters is out and on its way to mailboxes and offices around the country!
It’s been a busy start to 2020 and ADF members and their families share stories managing the unprecedented challenges of bushfires and then the coronavirus outbreak that has such an impact on our lives.
In our cover story, we talk to Lynn about her incredible escape from her burning home and the trials she’s confronted since. We also catch up with our Defence families around the country at this years’ Welcome events, and more!
Thank you to all the ADF members and families who took part in the 2019 ADF Families Survey. More than 3650 people shared their experiences of military life and their views on current support services.
The findings show that the most important considerations for those who participated include children’s education, housing quality and location, and partner employment.
The results are already being put to good use, with reviews and new work commencing in areas of key concern for families, including expansion of partner employment support.
A comprehensive report of results is now available.
Join experienced DCO experts for our new webinar series “Deployment: embracing the challenge’. The webinars feature a range of tips, strategies and resources to help partners, parents and kids with a member absent from home, who has recently returned from deployment or are going to deploy soon. It’s also a chance to ask questions.
Follow us on social media, or visit our event calendar below for information about session times, dates and how to get tickets. To see the range of deployment support and resources available, see Deployment and time apart.
The DCO webinar series covers a range of topics like healthy relationships, kid’s education during and after COVID-19, communication and healthy connections and how to stay physically, mentally and emotionally strong, plus the support available.
If you missed one of our recent webinars and want to find out about the questions asked, visit the webinar Q&A section on our Coronavirus advice page.
You can also contact the Defence Family Helpline 24/7 on 1800 624 608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While federal, state and territory governments have begun to ease travel restrictions, we know that some reunion and other travel by Defence personnel and their families may still be affected.
In exceptional circumstances, Commanders may be able to approve essential travel. However, all Defence personnel must comply with relevant state and territory travel restrictions unless an exemption has been granted.
If you or your family need help or information, reach out through the member’s chain of command or call the 24/7 Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608. For current information on state and territory guidelines on travel, refer to https://www.australia.gov.au
He assured them that Defence’s priority continues to be our people and that a range of support is available for ADF families during this extraordinary time.
During the COVID-19 pandemic these services will be delivered online and through the 24/7 Defence Family Helpline. Reservists ceasing SERVOP C contracts can also get assistance with their transition back to civilian life.
For details, see the factsheet: Supporting Reservists—OP COVID-19
Our ADF Member and Family Transition Guide has been updated to reflect the needs-based Defence Force Transition Program that was launched in January this year. There is new information about adjusting to civilian life and refreshed checklists to help you plan and manage your transition.
With a difficult employment market and increased numbers of people competing for the available jobs, the eligibility criteria for the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) has been changed to support families during COVID-19. Where previously partners who’ve relocated had to apply within two years of moving to a new posting location, you can now apply for up to $1500 for employment services anytime during the posting cycle!
Get all the details and the application form on the Partner employment page. Advice and assistance is always available from the 24/7 Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or email email@example.com.
Defence is working to ensure personnel are well supported and is taking preventative measures, including training and access to medical support and leave. Information on the Defence response to COVID-19 is available on a dedicated webpage, which is updated daily.
If you or someone in your family are unwell, talk to your doctor and follow their advice. Defence families affected by COVID-19 or struggling to cope can contact our all-hours Defence Family Helpline or see Coronavirus advice.
Welcome events for 2020 have finished - Stay tuned for 2021 welcome event dates