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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attraction, recruitment and retention in Defence

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We would like to pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures, and elders, both past and present.

Defence has requested the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) to complete a project on the attraction, recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Defence Australian Public Service (Defence APS). 

As part of this project, the Commission is seeking participants from the following groups: 

•    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel currently or formerly employed by the ADF and/or Defence APS
•    Current and former supervisors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel in the ADF and/or Defence APS. 

Complete the survey

Click here to complete the survey. 

Contact us

You can contact the project team at: or 1800 324 979

Have your say

We are conducting confidential telephone interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander current and former serving ADF and Defence APS personnel.

If you wish to register for an interview, please complete the expression of interest form below:

Difficulties may be experienced with this form when accessed from some Defence protected networks. If you experience difficulties you can either complete the form on your personal device or register your interest directly with the Commission by calling 1800 324 979 or emailing us at Apologies for any inconvenience caused


Support services

Sharing your experiences can be distressing. Please reach out to one of the services below if you need support. 

This project has ethical approval from the Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.