Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie will be among the witnesses to give evidence before the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide at its sixth public hearing beginning in Hobart.
State Veterans’ Affairs minister Guy Barnett will also give evidence on Tuesday.
For the first time, the hearing will investigate recruitment to the Australian Defence Force, including screening processes, psychological testing and retention.
The hearing will also focus on wellbeing centres and ex-service organisations, post traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention and support for families.
Witnesses with lived experience will also share their stories, and are expected to shine a spotlight on the systemic risk factors which may lead to suicide and suicidality.
“Every death by suicide is a tragedy, and sadly too many serving and ex-serving Defence members still feel that there is no alternative pathway,” Commission chair Nick Kaldas said.
“Support is available to help you contribute to our important work and to help save the lives of others.”
More than 1900 submissions have been received so far and there have been 162 private sessions.
These will be the last public hearings before an interim report is delivered on August 11.
It will focus on issues needing urgent action, as well as some preliminary observations.
Final recommendations will be delivered in June 2024.
Originally published as Senator Jacqui Lambie to face Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide