Veterans given alternative for RC feedback

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Veterans will be able to provide feedback on the terms of reference for a royal commission without having to deal with the department they say is a key part of the problem with the system.

Since public consultation began on the terms of reference for the royal commission into defence and veteran suicide, some groups and politicians have argued Veterans Affairs Minister Darren Chester and his department should not be involved.

They argue problems within the veterans' affairs department will be a central feature of evidence to be given to the royal commission.

Mr Chester said on Monday he recognised some veterans were not comfortable engaging in the process through his department.

"The government has listened to the concerns of these veterans who don't wish to provide their input to DVA as part of this process and I have provided this feedback to Attorney-General Michaelia Cash, who has agreed to accommodate those concerns and ensure that all voices can be heard," he said in a statement.

"Veterans, family members and service personnel can send their submissions ... directly through the attorney-general's website."

He said the actual drafting of the inquiry's terms would be done independently of his department by Senator Cash.