Suicide by ADF members, like suicide in the Australian population, is an ongoing and complex public health issue. Ex-serving ADF members as a population group are at increased risk of suicide (AIHW 2021a, 2021b). This report investigates socioeconomic characteristics for ex-serving ADF males with at least one day of service since 1 January 2001 in relation to deaths by suicide between 9 August 2011 and 31 December 2018.

This analysis was prepared for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide for their interim report that was published 11 August 2022.

  • Cat. no: PHE 312

Note: Separated includes ex-serving ADF males who were either separated or divorced.