Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB)


We are undertaking an own motion investigation into the administration of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) scheme, specifically the issue of commutation.

The investigation is focussed on the accuracy of information about commutation provided to scheme members by the Department of Defence and/or the Australian Defence Force and scheme administrators (including the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC)).

What we are investigating

We are only investigating what information scheme members were given about commuting a portion of their pension.

Note—we will not be considering issues relating to indexation of the DFRDB, or any other aspects of the scheme as it was established by Parliament.

We invite you to share your circumstances

We are inviting scheme members to share information relevant to commutation. We are also seeking information from Defence and CSC.

Please complete this form and return to the Office by 30 June 2019.

Completed forms should be emailed to us at You can also attach other relevant documents, such as copies of written advice you might have received. If you require assistance to access and/or completed this form, please contact us for assistance on 1300 362 072.

Forms must be emailed no later than 30 June 2019. The Ombudsman investigates in private and therefore submissions will not be made public.

Further information about the investigation, please contact us via

Please save your completed submission form before emailing it to us. If you do not save your submission form we may receive a blank form from you.