Are you battling with an injury, visible or invisible? Do you need support? Are you seeking help on behalf of a loved one?
There are many organisations that work to help you and your family with mental and physical health and wellbeing, finances, employment and transition to civilian life. You don’t have to do this alone.
Below are some of the Australian based agencies and communities you can reach out to for support. For additional information about ex-service organisations in your local area visit the DVA website.
DEFENCE FAMILY HELPLINE
OPEN ARMS (24/7)
VISIT DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION
Veteran Sport Australia
Veteran Sport Australia connects veterans and their families with individual and team sport, one-off competitive events, camps and Games, like Invictus Games. It provides pathways to coaching and mentoring training, and access to financial assistance for those who cannot afford to participate. We encourage all veterans and their families to improve their lives by being active and connected through sport.
Defence Families Australia (DFA)
DFA is the government appointed body to represent the views of defence families. It aims to inform government and DVA on the needs of families of the serving community. Families can enlist DFA to lobby the government and policy makers on their behalf.
War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW
The War Widows’ Guild cares for women who have lost their loved one as a result of military service. They provide emotional support, help and hope to widows at every stage of their journey.
Bravery Trust provides veterans and their families who have suffered as a result of service with financial support.
Veterans off the streets Australia (VOTSA)
VOTSA provides support to veterans and their families who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. They help individuals to find safe temporary accommodation and raise awareness about the growing issue of ex-service homelessness.
Mental health services
beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Reach a trained mental health professional 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 and share your concerns – both big and small.
Lifeline is a national organisation providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour support and suicide prevention services. To speak with someone, call 13 11 14.
Open Arms (formerly VVCS)
Open Arms provides free, confidential counselling and group programs to currently serving and former ADF personnel and their families. To speak to a mental health professional that has an understanding of veteran and military culture, please call 1800 011 046.
Legacy Australia comprises 48 member clubs Australia-wide and one London-based club. The organisation provides monetary services and care to veterans and their families, and advocate on their behalf.
Mates4Mates provides support to veterans who are wounded, injured or ill, and their families, across Australia. Mates4Mates assists with physical and psychological rehabilitation as well as employment, education and social connection activities.
Returned and Services League of Australia LTD (RSL)
Founded with a view to continue the mateship and camaraderie developed by all in the armed forces, the RSL aims to help veterans and families by offering financial and health related assistance. The RSL also enables all Australians pay their respects to our servicemen and women.
Soldier On work side by side with service personnel and their families to strengthen resilience and develop meaningful connections with family members, mates, and the local community through a diverse range of health and wellbeing services, employment opportunities, learning and education programs, and participation in community, social, and sporting activities.