The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today launched the second national survey of Defence families.
The survey asks families to provide information on aspects of the Defence way of life, such as deployment, separation, workload and relocation, and its impact on family life.
The survey also asks about existing family support services and seeks information about other resources, policies and programs that may assist families to manage the military lifestyle.
Mr Snowdon said the survey played a pivotal role in ensuring Defence support programs continued to focus on the right issues.
“It’s a unique opportunity for families to share their views on the military way of life,” he said.
“The survey helps Defence build better family support programs. Since the last survey in 2009, Defence has introduced a 24-hour family helpline, improved deployment and relocation support to families, and increased funding for partners’ education and employment.
“I encourage all Defence families to complete the survey because it helps Defence better understand the needs of military families,” Mr Snowdon said.
The 2012 ADF Families Survey is open from Monday, 3 September and will run until Sunday, 21 October 2012. Visit the Defence Community Organisation website at www.defence.gov.au/dco to complete the survey and for more information.
The survey is open to spouses and Defence-recognised partners of permanent full-time ADF members, as well as ADF members who are single parents or have other dependants, and dual ADF couples.
Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon) 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
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