Request for a private session

Closes 14 Oct 2022

Opened 19 Oct 2021


Hearing from family members of Defence members and veterans who have died by suicide will greatly assist the work of the Commissioners. So will the stories of Defence members, veterans and their families, who have lived experience of suicide behaviour or risk factors (including attempted or contemplated suicide, feelings of suicide or poor mental health outcomes).

A private session is a confidential meeting with a Commissioner/s where you tell them about your personal experience. You decide what you say and what you do not want to share. Private sessions can happen by telephone, video link or in person.

While there is a requirement for participants to apply for a private session by Friday 14 October 2022, the Royal Commission will continue to hold private sessions until at least the end of December 2022.

You may request a private session and also choose to make a submission.

Making a request

The online request form is designed to capture information about you and the reason for your request to enable the request to be considered.

The reason for the private session needs to be relevant to the work of the Royal Commission and consistent with the areas of inquiry set out in the Royal Commission's terms of reference. The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are included in the Letters Patent, which were made on 8 July 2021.

Before you make a request for a private session, please note that the Commission cannot resolve individual disputes. It cannot fix or award compensation or make orders requiring a party to a dispute to take or not take any action.

Hardcopy of form

If you prefer to use a paper form, the Royal Commission would still like to hear from you. You can download a printable version [PDF], print it out, fill it in, and mail it to: GPO Box 3273, Sydney NSW 2001.

If you are unable to print the form, you can ring the Royal Commission on 1800 329 095 (9:00 am to 7:00 pm AEST Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays) and we will post a form to you.

How your information will be used

The information you discuss at your private session will not be made public nor will your identity be published in Royal Commission reports.

The session is an opportunity for you to talk to the Commissioner about your experiences to inform the Commissioner of issues relevant to the work of the Commission.

If you would like more information on private sessions please visit the Royal Commission website.