Capturing information about experiences of service life directly from families of Defence personnel.

Families play a critical role in the wellbeing of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, and often make sacrifices to support Defence service. The ADF Families Survey is the primary Australian survey capturing information about experiences of service life directly from families of Defence personnel.

A joint initiative of the Department of Defence and Defence Families of Australia, the survey has been undertaken five times since 2009. AIFS have been engaged to implement the survey in 2022 in partnership with Defence. Similar to previous surveys, the 2022 survey will collect information on family circumstances and experiences of service life, and support and service needs.

This year there will also be a specific focus on measuring family member well-being and understanding the impact of COVID-19 on ADF Families.

The survey is open to:

  • Civilian partners of ADF members
  • Former partners of ADF members who share care of their dependent children
  • ADF members who are part of a dual serving couple
  • ADF members who are single parents, and
  • ADF members with other Defence recognised dependants, such as elderly parents requiring care.

The survey is now open, closing 24 July 2022.

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Insights from the survey will be shared with stakeholders and through a range of Defence and family forums and potentially inform the design and delivery of policies, programs and services for military families.

The research has been approved by the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number 425-22).

Learn more about previous surveys

The most recent survey in the series ran in 2019. Research findings from previous surveys can be found at: ADF Families Survey: Your Family: Department of Defence.

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