2017 ADF Families Survey Now Live

Defence recognises the significant contribution of Australian Defence Force families in supporting military members in their duties. The 2017 ADF Families Survey is an opportunity for ADF families to tell Defence about their experiences and opinions of military life. 

Participate: 2017 ADF Families Survey

This year’s survey will focus on partner employment and awareness of support services for military families. This information will play an important role in the planning and development of initiatives effectively targeted at the real needs of ADF members and their families. 
This year's survey focuses specifically on several of DFA’s highest priority advocacy topics including ADF member partner employment and awareness of ADF support services. These topics need changes and this survey will help us gather that the data to provide a solution that will make an impact.
The employment questions have been formulated by DFA, based on what families around Australia have told us about their experiences and difficulties in obtaining work.  These questions have been framed in consultation with Defence researchers and with guidance from the US’ Blue Star Families and their annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, to ensure the employment solutions we recommend are directly attributed to the data we receive from you.  
Your responses will provide the evidence to back up what we know anecdotally.  We are excited about this year's focus and ask you to take a few minutes to complete the survey.

The survey is sponsored by the Chief of the Defence Force and coordinated by Defence Community Organisation in partnership with Defence Families of Australia. 


Information for Participants


Completion of this survey is expected to take around 15-20 minutes. This survey is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw from participating at any time. If you choose not to participate there will be no detriment to you or your family.

Who should take part in the survey: 

  • Spouses and ADF recognised interdependent partners of permanent ADF members 
  • Permanent ADF members who are single parents
  • Permanent ADF members who are single with other dependents
  • Both members of dual ADF couples (where both are permanent ADF members) 
  • Parents of permanent ADF members
  • Families of Reservists on Continuous Full Time Service (CFTS)


Defence is required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 in the collection, handling, use and disclosure of personal information. All survey responses and information you provide will remain strictly confidential.

The only exception is where you provide information relating to risks to Defence security, occupational health and safety, wellbeing, or civil or military offences. In these instances this information may be reported, along with any personal information that has been provided, in accordance with Defence mandatory reporting requirements.

Only aggregated results of this survey will be reported and demographic information will only be used to identify differences between groups of respondents (such as single parents and couples). All survey data collected will be stored in a secure database without any identifying information. Only Defence's Directorate of People Intelligence and Research officers will have access to the raw data.

Survey participation risks and support services

It is not anticipated that there is a risk of you feeling distressed while participating in this survey. If, however, you are feeling distressed at any time, or are concerned that your health, safety or security is at risk, we encourage you to contact one of the support services listed below: 

Support services


Defence Family Helpline  
1800 624 608 (Operates 24/7) or DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au

ADF All Hours Support Line
1800 628 036 

1800 467 425 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

Available to Defence APS members and their families 
1300 361 008

Outside of Australia 0011 612 9232 7249 


If you require assistance with this survey please contact DPI.Research@defence.gov.au

Reporting and Analysis

The survey findings will be released in one or more reports and will be made available on the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) and Defence Families of Australia (DFA) websites when released in mid-2017.

The data will also be provided to other areas within Defence upon request to inform decision making and policy in relation to families and ADF members. The data may also be used in conjunction with the findings of other Defence surveys such as the Defence Census. DPIR will only release findings in an anonymous, non-identifiable format.


This research has been approved by the Defence People Research Low Risks Ethics Panel. 

Complaints or Concerns

Should you have any complaints or concerns about the manner in which this project is conducted, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers at DPI.Research@defence.gov.au.

Or you may prefer to contact the Defence People Research Low Risk Ethics Panel at the following address:

Defence People Research - Low Risk Ethics Panel at PeopleResearch.Ethics@defence.gov.au or (02) 6127 2155. 


By completing this survey you are giving your consent to participate in the Australian Defence Force Families Survey 2017 as outlined above.

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