From 1 February 2014 DLA Piper is no longer operating the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Hotline.
IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED AND PROVIDED CONSENT
If you have consented for your material to be sent to the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (Taskforce), you can call the Hotline and speak to the Taskforce directly about your claim. The Hotline operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time.
|The Taskforce email address is
|The Taskforce postal address is
||Defence Abuse Response Taskforce
PO Box 6010
Kingston ACT 2604
Please call the following number to discuss your claim with a member of the Taskforce:
1800 424 991
IF YOU HAVE NOT PROVIDED CONSENT
If you previously contacted DLA Piper, but have not consented to pass your information to the Taskforce, please send an email with your telephone contact details to Defence.Inquiry@dlapiper.com urgently and we will call you and discuss consent with you.
Without your consent, your claim will not progress any further.
For the most up to date information about the Taskforce process, please visit www.defenceabusetaskforce.gov.au.
IF YOU ARE DISTRESSED AND NEED TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE URGENTLY, YOU CAN CONTACT THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT LINES:
For currently serving ADF members:
The All-hours Support Line (ASL) is a confidential telephone service to assist ADF members and their families with accessing mental health services, such as psychology, medical, social work, and chaplain services.
The ASL number is 1800 628 036.
For Defence public service (APS) employees:
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential and free service. It is provided by professional counsellors who will provide practical assistance to APS employees, and their immediate family members, who may require counselling services.
Appointments can be made via the EAP hotline on 1300 361 008*.
For former ADF members and former Defence public service employees and their immediate families:
Special arrangements have been made to extend the EAP service for immediate, initial counselling to former ADF members and former Defence public service employees and their immediate families who raise or have raised allegations affecting them with the external review team and who require counselling assistance. The EAP is a confidential and free service provided by professional counsellors.
This service can be accessed via the EAP hotline on 1300 361 008* and selecting Crisis Intervention.
* A single EAP number is now being used although the previous numbers continue to operate.
Support provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) handles compensation and support for former or current Australian Defence Force personnel who suffered or suffer injury or conditions related to their service. Please call 1800 816 306 to discuss your circumstances with DVA.
Counselling is also available to eligible ADF members and their families through the VVCS-Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service on 1800 011 046. It is a free and confidential service, available 24 hours a day across Australia.
Previous updates to the website can be found here.