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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

Autumn/Winter 2021

The latest issue of Defence Family Matters is out now and on its way to mailboxes and offices around the country!

Defence families have dealt with many unexpected challenges this year, but no matter what they’ve been faced with, their resilience and adaptability has shone through.

In our cover story, the Sternberg family share how they managed the difficulties of being posted to opposite ends of the country, unable to visit as planned due to the long lockdown in Victoria.

In our feature story, we hear from Shane about adjusting to health issues and special needs, and how the Defence Special Needs Support Group has been there to support her family. Defence kids Beth and Clark share their perspectives about growing up in a Defence family while Rosy shares how she has adjusted to life as a Defence partner in a new country and a new state.

We also catch up with more of our Defence families around the country at the activities, events and workshops hosted by our regional offices.

View: DFM online version | Download: DFM (17.5MB)


Past issues