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Defence Family Matters

Defence Family Matters is a free lifestyle magazine designed for Defence families.

In DFM you can find articles celebrating Defence families, advice and tips for managing deployment, family member absence, relocation and posting and other aspects of military life. The magazine also publishes information on family support services available from Defence and the community, and news about changes in the Defence environment that affect families.

The magazine is sent out twice a year to all ADF members who have one or more dependants and are permanent or on Continuous Fulltime Service.

Read online or opt out

If you would like to stop receiving the printed version of DFM and would prefer to read the magazine online, or if you would like to opt out of recieving the magazine altogether, then let us know .

Current issue


Defence Family MattersIn this issue, we talk to Pat Lasalo who shares his story about taking a step into the unknown and new places as a Defence partner. His decision to post remotely as a paramedic sparked a love for rural Australia and its communities, but it’s not without its challenges.

Nikki and Melita share what it’s like for them juggling two careers, kids, and starting a business. Kerrie-Anne talks about overcoming the challenges she and husband Nathan have experienced since he suffered a stroke. We also catch up with more of our Defence families at events and other exciting activities around the country.

View: DFM online version | Download: DFM (6MB)


Past issues