A Program of The Oasis Townsville

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Operation COMPASS is the codename for one of the 12 national suicide prevention trials that deals specifically with trialling measures that could reduce the rate of suicide in the ex-ADF community. It has been run from Townsville, North Queensland since June 2017. 

In 2020, Operation COMPASS commenced the evaluation and report writing phase while transferring as many of the 22 active initiatives to organisations and institutions that would continue them, given their success. Those that remained on 1 July 2020 were transferred to The Oasis Townsville. Some will be further transferred when appropriate, others will endure at The Oasis Townsville. 

Several of the initiatives were taken on by The Oasis Townsville from the Enduring Connections Campaign (one of 6 within which the initiatives sat). In order to thoroughly test the veracity of the importance of connections to reducing mental health problems and improving the wellbeing of veterans and their families, leading ultimately to a reduction in suicide, these initiatives, which are the core of the existence of The Oasis Townsville, have been contracted by NQPHN for three years. 

The efforts of The Oasis Townsville to support the transition, connection and integration of veterans into civilian life are supported by a grant from:


The Oasis Townsville Limited, a public benevolent institution, is endorsed to access the following tax concessions:

  • Income Tax Exemption under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

  • GST Concessions under Division 176 of 'A New Tax System' (Goods and Services Tax) 1999

  • FBT Exemption under Section 123C of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986

For the benefit of members of the

Ex-ADF Community

in Townsville.

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