Who we support

The Commando Welfare Trust was established to support soldiers and families from the Australian Commando Regiments. This support also extends to other Special Forces Units from SOCOMD that work along-side and support Commandos in the field.  Special forces soldiers are at the front line performing a dangerous and confronting job.  In recent combat SOCOMD units have suffered more casualties than any other branch of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and many of those who returned, suffer mental and physical hardship related to their service. The Commando Welfare Trust was established to provide hardship support to these soldiers and their families.

How we help

Established in 2010, the Commando Welfare Trust seeks to provide the kind of support which falls outside the scope of existing Defence and non-Defence schemes such as DVA or Legacy. Initially, the focus was the payment of school fees for the children of Commandos killed in action overseas. The Trust now finds itself providing a greater variety of support to SOCOMD members and their families. This includes customised wheelchairs, computers, family reunion travel, medical expenses and increasingly, support for those experiencing mental health issues as a result of their service. We pride ourselves on our ability to act swiftly and provide help when it’s needed most.

Support those who serve us

Donations to the Commando Welfare Trust go toward helping those who have sacrificed so much, when they need it most. You can help by making a donation today.

The story of Corporal Tim Pereira

Tim Pereira is a young man who has paid a heavy price for doing his job.

When he came to, he realized he was paralysed from the neck down and was unable to breathe. He thought he was going to die …

How you can help

The CWT is aiming to raise $300,000 to reduce Tim’s mortgage to zero.


If you prefer, you can also donate via the Tim Pereira – Zero Mortgage Pledge GoFundMe page (fees apply)

What is SOCOMD?

The Special Forces of the Australian Defence Force are grouped under the Special Operations Command (SOCOMD). Due to their specialist skills and training, special forces soldiers are often at the front line as they conduct and or support special operations in places such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The job they perform is dangerous and often confronting. ​The SOCOMD units covered by the Commando Welfare Trust include;​

  • Special Operations Command
  • Defence Special Operations Training & Education Centre
  • 1st Commando Regiment
  • 2nd Commando Regiment
  • Special Operations Engineer Regiment
  • Australian Defence Force School Of Special Operations
  • Australian Defence Force Parachuting School
  • Special Operations Logistics Squadron
  • 6th Aviation Regiment
  • No 4 Squadron RAAF

The Commando Welfare Trust was established to provide hardship support to these special forces soldiers and their families.

Members of the Special Air Service Regiment are covered by the Special Air Service Resources Trust Fund.