We offer information and support services for parents to help you understand and manage the challenging aspects of having a son or daughter in the Services.
For more information or to access any of our support services, contact the all-hours Defence Member and Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
We recognise that parents of ADF members can play a crucial role in providing support and advice to the ADF member and the member’s partner or dependants. Understanding what your son or daughter is going through, how they should prepare and what support is available to them can help you to do this.
Parents recognised as dependants
In some circumstances, a parent can be recognised as a dependant of the ADF member with the approval of the Chief of the Defence Force. This categorisation gives the parent access to a full range of Defence support services and entitlements.
To be classed as a dependant, the parent must normally live with the ADF member. They may be considered as a dependant where they receive substantial financial support or personal care from the member, or where they are acting as a housekeeper or guardian for the member’s dependant child.
Related: or more details, visit the ADF Pay and Conditions Manual .