Review of the Case of Geffrey Gregg - 22 June 2007

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Bruce Billson today confirmed that a comprehensive, independent review will be conducted of the case of former Australian Defence Force (ADF) member Geffrey Gregg.

Mr Gregg took his own life in September 2006 after being medically discharged from the ADF in mid 2004. Mr Gregg served in Afghanistan and was attached as a signaller to the SAS.

Mr Billson has requested the Secretary of his department, Mark Sullivan, to work in conjunction with Defence to initiate the review.

The terms of reference, being developed in consultation with the family, will ensure the review examines four phases of Mr Gregg's military career and civilian transition, including his enlistment and service, pre-discharge, discharge and post-discharge period. It will be overseen by the Inspector General of Defence.

"I have met with Mr Gregg's family and again I extend my deep sympathies to them and offer my support. I would also like to assure them that I am totally committed to gaining any new insights from their terrible loss," Mr Billson said.

"As a result, the review will thoroughly examine Mr Gregg's case from his time of enlistment and beyond his discharge until the time of his death. Insights gained would be used in a bid to help prevent similar tragedies.

"I would also like to emphasise that there are no organisations more committed to researching and supporting the mental health needs of serving ADF members and veterans than the Departments of Veterans' Affairs and Defence."

The timeframe for the review will be confirmed once the terms of reference have been finalised in consultation with the Inspector General and other relevant agencies.

Cameron Hill
0408 239 521