Our mission is to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the people who keep our communities safe.

Who we are

Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit independent organisation that has been established to improve the health and wellbeing of those who safeguard our nation’s security, investigate and prevent crime and operate at the front-line of Australia’s disaster, accident and emergency responses.
Fortem Australia will initially support the national security and law enforcement communities of Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney as part of a two year pilot program funded by the Department of Home Affairs. Services will be rolled out to Australia’s emergency service and first responder communities as funding permits.
Fortem will adopt a phased approach to expand its services in a sustainable and scalable manner, ensuring the longevity of the program and its ability to provide effective support.


Fortem Australia is an evidence-based community support organisation that will provide Australia’s national security officials and first responders (working as employees or volunteers) with comprehensive and integrated mental wellbeing support via

  • Social connection activities with emphasis on peer networks and support;
  • Family programs accessible to parents, partners, siblings and children;
  • Mental health support, awareness and education programs; and
  • Collective advocacy for health and wellbeing.
Fortem will provide evidence-based, comprehensive and integrated mental wellbeing support designed to complement programs already in place.

“Every day, our national security and first responder community put themselves in harm’s way to protect our way of life and keep our communities safe. Now is the time for us to step up and support those who keep us safe.”

Need Help Now?

Crisis Support

In the event of an emergency – please phone 000
If you, or someone you know need immediate help, please contact one of the following crisis lines:
BEYOND BLUE can be contacted for support any time of the day or night and provide one-on-one chats with trained mental health professionals. Their number is 1300 22 4636.
LIFELINE provides crisis support and suicide prevention services and is contactable on 13 11 14.