First Nations

Welcome to the Defence and Veterans Legal Service (DAVLS)

We support First Nations ADF members, veterans and their families to share their stories with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

We are a free service that can give you information and confidential legal advice.

We are independent of government, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Royal Commission and the Defence Force.

We can help you prepare a submission or prepare for a private session with a Royal Commissioner. 

To have a yarn with our First Nations staff, call our Infoline on 1800 33 1800 and ask to speak with Maureen or Tanya.

Resources

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We are a free, independent legal advice service and will support you and your mob to have your say in the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

Published date: 10 May 2023 | Resource type: Brochure

This brochure outlines who we are, what we do and how we can help members of the defence and veteran community safely share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

Stories from the Frontline – Episode 4, Col Watego

Published date: 16 May 2023 | Resource type: AudioPodcast

His career as a gunner started in 1974 in the Army Reserve, when he and his brother took their enlistment letters to the Kelvin Grove Barracks in Brisbane, until reaching his compulsory retiring Age in 2018.

Stories from the Frontline – Episode 5, Jane Inglis

Published date: 05 June 2023 | Resource type: AudioPodcast

Jane Inglis suffered physical and mental injuries, as well as two sexual assaults, during her time in the military. After she discharged on medical grounds, she felt like she was left to fend for herself.

Helping First Nations veterans tell their stories

Published date: 10 May 2023 | Resource type: Fact sheet

This fact sheet is about the ways we can help you share your experience and recommendations with the Royal Commission.

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