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Defence and Veterans Legal Service

Free, independent legal support to participate in the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service is a free national service that provides independent information and legal advice to support Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, as well as their families, carers and supporters, to safely share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service is funded by the Australian Government through National Legal Aid. The service is independent and separate from the Royal Commission, the Department of Defence, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service has staff across Australia who deliver a trauma-informed, culturally safe and accessible service. They can help you understand your legal rights and options for sharing your experiences with the Royal Commission.

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service can also connect you with other services, including counselling, advocacy and other legal support not related to the Royal Commission.

If you need an interpreter, the Defence and Veterans Legal Service can arrange one for you for free.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, you can contact the Defence and Veterans Legal Service by calling the National Relay Service on 133 677 or TTY 02 9219 5126.

For free, independent legal support, call the Defence and Veterans Legal Service on 1800 33 1800 or visit defenceveteranslegalservice.org.au.

Last updated 5 November 2021

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