Newsletter Edition 28 – 8 April 2024

8 Apr 2024

Royal Commission chair hopes inquiry has been much-needed ‘shock to the system’ that will inspire action on military suicide

The chair of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide says history will judge Government and military leaders on how they respond to the suicide crisis in Australia’s military community.

Speaking at the end of the Royal Commission’s twelfth and final public hearing block in Sydney last month, Commissioner Nick Kaldas reiterated this landmark inquiry must be the catalyst for long-overdue reform.

“We hope this Royal Commission has been the much-needed shock to the system that will inspire the change required to address the national tragedy of Defence and veteran suicide once and for all.”

– Commissioner Kaldas


  • Chief of Defence, General Angus Campbell, was the last in a long list of senior ministers, military chiefs and departmental heads to front the four-week hearing.
  • Key to success in tackling suicide crisis will be powerful new body to hold Government, agencies to account
  • Who said what at final hearing
  • Private sessions to continue 
  • Enquiries