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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

Spring/Summer 2021

The latest issue of Defence Family Matters is published and available online!

Defence families have shown and continue to show remarkable resilience and adaptability. As we head into a new year, we are hopeful that we see positive progress with the challenges that we continue to face.

In our cover story Meret shares the joy she finds living in the amazing Pilbara area and how her family have embraced the remote location.

In our feature stories Josh shares what it’s like to be a stay-at-home dad to his baby daughter, while Kane recalls the challenges of completing his final year of secondary school from two countries and Kaylee explains how growing up in a Defence family has shaped her own career.

There is some great information about managing the uncertainty of the current environment, followed by the stories of two Defence partners who work with special needs families, and others who have made volunteering a way of life.

View: DFM online version | Download: DFM (7.3MB)


Past issues