Australian Military and Veteran Families Study

The Australian Military and Veteran Families Study seeks to understand family experiences of military life, how these shape continued service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and how families’ transition from service can be improved.

The study focuses on families of current ADF members and members who have left the ADF in the last five years, who have children under 18 or who are expecting or planning children. It explores how families juggle the demands of military and family life, how they make decisions about continued service in the ADF, and the supports they find useful at different stages of life and when transitioning out of the ADF.

The project will be conducted over approximately 18 months and finish in the 2022-23 financial year. Fieldwork commenced in January and will continue into April 2022 to ensure we speak to a sufficient number and diversity of families.

AIFS is undertaking this research with the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, who are also sponsoring the study.

The research team will share insights from the study with a range of stakeholders to potentially inform the design and delivery of policies, programs and services for military and veteran families.

Key findings will also be shared with research participants and other military and defence force family forums, in a way that does not reveal the identity of individual participants.

The research has been approved by the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee. If you would like more information about the study, contact us via email at:

Thank you to those who have contacted us to volunteer!

We have now spoken with many current and former serving member families for this study and want to send out a big thank you to all of those who have contacted us to volunteer. Recruitment for this study is now closed.