The veterans may no longer serve in the Australian Army but there are a number of support and ex-service organisations that can provide services and support to them and their families.

Open Arms

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) is Australia’s leading provider of high quality mental health assessment and clinical counselling services for Australian veterans and their families. 

To learn more about Open Arms' free, confidential 24-hour counselling service, call 1800 011 046.

Department of Veteran's Affairs

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA) is a department of the Australian Government providing support, services and information for:

  • veterans and their dependants
  • serving and former serving ADF members
  • war widow/ers
  • Australian British Nuclear Tests participants
  • members of the Australian Federal Police
  • students, teachers and historians.

The support, services and information includes:

  • financial support
  • health care
  • rehabilitation
  • mental health care
  • help returning to civilian life
  • commemoration and recognition
  • home care assistance
  • help with housing
  • historical information.


ForceNet is a Defence e-communications platform used to connect registered users within secure online communities. ForceNet registration is available to current Defence members, sponsored Defence family members and other approved users.

Family users need to be at least 18 years old and sponsored by a registered Defence user of ForceNet. ForceNet will directly connect family users with Defence Member & Family Support (DMFS), Defence Families of Australia, and the Service related to their sponsoring Defence member.

Defence Families of Australia

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official Australian Defence Force (ADF) families’ advisory body to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF).

DFA is connected to Defence family communities and are mainly veterans or family of Australian Defence Force members.

Soldier On

Soldier On is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. They deliver holistic support services that enable current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families to lead meaningful civilian lives.

Support services include:

  • health and wellbeing
  • employment
  • learning and education
  • events and networking opportunities.