Attorney-General Christian Porter said families would be very important to the commissioner’s work.
“The national commissioner will be truly independent and deliver genuine transparency as it helps to uncover the root causes and contributing factors in ADF member and veteran deaths by suicide,” he said.
“It will also provide the opportunity for families and those people who have been personally affected by an ADF member or veteran death by suicide to share their story in a safe and supported way.”
The government is yet to name the inaugural commissioner but is expected to do so after the four-week consultation on the bill.
If you, or someone you know, need support, you can contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or the Open Arms support service for current and former Defence personnel and families on 1800 011 046.