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Army September 13, 2012
ADF families can provide
feedback about their expe-
riences and views on ser-
vice life through the ADF
Families Survey throughout
September and October.
CDF Gen David Hurley
said Defence understood that
a service career could place
significant demands on the
families of ADF members and
was committed to ensuring the
support available to them was
of a high standard.
"To ensure we make the
right commitments and deliver
on those commitments, we
need to understand the needs
of ADF families. Specifically,
how they feel about current
programs and services on
offer, and what we can do to
improve them," he said.
"This survey is your
chance to have an open and
honest conversation with
Defence about the support you
and your families receive."
Gen Hurley said Defence
was committed to putting in
place initiatives that would
help members to stay with the
ADF longer and through the
changing stages of their lives
"Your views are consid-
ered and have the potential to
effect real change," he said.
Since the last ADF fami-
lies survey, Defence has estab-
lished the Defence Family
Helpline to provide a 24-7
support service to families,
support for partners' educa-
tion and employment has been
increased and a Deployment
Support Booklet has been
released to provide a go-to
resource to assist families
when a loved one is deployed.
The survey will cover top-
ics such as how separation,
workload and mobility impact
on families, what Defence
support services families'
access, what they think about
them and how they can be bet-
The Defence Families
Survey opened on September
3 and will close on October
21. The results are expected to
be available in 2013.
A new survey seeks opinions on programs and services
Who should complete the survey?
Spouses and ADF-recognised interde-
pendent partners of permanent full-time
Full-time ADF members who are single
Full-time ADF members who are single
with other dependants
ADF couples (where both are full-time
How to complete the survey
The survey should take about 20-30 min-
utes to complete and will be open until
It can be accessed via:
Defence Community Organisation website
Defence Families Australia website at
Alternatively the paper survey can be mailed
to you by contacting the survey messaging
service on (02) 6127 2153, or by emailing
DEFENCE families could soon be log-
ging onto their favourite social network-
ing sites for more information about
changes that will affect them.
Defence Families Australia (DFA)
delegates met in Canberra in August to
raise issues affecting military house-
DFA convenor Julie Blackburn said
families wanted to know more about
"Families are still asking for greater
access to information that affects them,"
"We've asked Defence to consider
a greater use of social media to more
effectively communicate changes to any
policies that affect families."
The delegates also sought to improve
access to affordable and flexible child
care that met the needs of the modern
"Geographic instability and the
affects of the serving member being
absent from home contribute to the
unique nature of the Defence family
and DFA will continue to advocate for
the provision of support services for
families even in these times of fiscal
restraint," Ms Blackburn said.
At the DFA annual dinner on August
23, CDF Gen David Hurley announced
he and Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon had signed
a Charter for Defence Families of
Australia setting out three clear functions
To advise the Minister, the CDF and
Defence on matters affecting Defence
To provide a forum for families to
individually or collectively raise
concerns and advocate on behalf of
To help Defence families obtain infor-
mation on policies that affect them and
Defence assistance available to them.
"The Charter reinforces DFA's aims
and it provides a strong mandate for the
organisation's excellent work to con-
tinue," Gen Hurley said.
Partners, parents and children of serving ADF
members can register as DFA members on the
website www.dfa.org.au and follow the DFA
Facebook page to receive regular news updates
and Defence community event reminders.
Have your say: Karen Lang fills out the national Defence Families Survey. Inset, patron of the Defence
Community Organisation Linda Hurley shares her experiences.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
Family matters: Defence households can receive information about Defence
issues that affect them through DFA.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
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