South Australia’s veteran community is diverse and widely dispersed across the state.
Data collected in the 2021 Census revealed that there are 47,852 people in South Australia who have served in the ADF. In addition to those who have worn the ADF uniform, the veteran community also includes their partners, children, parents, siblings, friends and carers.
The latest census data identifies that approximately 50% of those who have ever served in South Australia are of working-age. Some of these people are still serving, either in the regular service (3,940 people) or the reserves service (2,053), but there is a significant number of former service people contributing to their workplaces and communities every day.
The majority of working-age veterans (aged 17 to 64 years) are located in the northern suburbs. Outside of the metro area, the largest number of working-age veterans reside in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula (including Kangaroo Island) and the Barossa, Light and Lower North region.
This data is an essential source of information for Veterans SA, providing insights into the state’s veteran population – where they live, their connection with family and other social networks, as well as their health and wellbeing.
Importantly, the data provides the most comprehensive information about South Australia’s veteran population and will enable better targeting of policies and programs for the current and former serving community.