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Directorate of Defence Counsel Services


Defence Counsel Services (DCS) provides independent, trusted legal support to ADF members. DCS reports directly to the Associate Secretary.


  • To facilitate and co-ordinate legal assistance for persons facing trial before a court-martial or Defence Force magistrate, and persons affected by the ADF administrative inquiry process.
  • To facilitate legal assistance for ADF members on matters related to their service. This assistance includes, but is not limited to:
    • Notice to Show Cause
    • Redress of Grievance
    • Medical Employment Category Review Board
    • Civilian Matters (limited assistance)
    • Compensation for Detriment caused by Defective Administration
    • Wills

Contact Details

Email (legal assistance):
Email (wills):
Email (trial):

Ph : 1800 563 563
Ph (overseas only): 02 6266 1190

Defence Counsel Services
Department of Defence
PO Box 7936