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For ADF members and their families

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Including Adelaide, Edinburgh, Port Wakefield and Woodside.



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Community groups & centres


Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. The AMWC has enjoyed rapid growth and significant community support since it began in 2012 and is eager to expand throughout Australia. The Choir recently received funding from DCO, and a significant proportion of the grant was to aid in setting up new groups in regions across the country, including Adelaide.
More info: Australian Military Wives Choir |

North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC)

The North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC) is a tri-service group based at RAAF Base Edinburgh – we organise events and activities to help Defence families & couples develop a support network.  It’s all about making new friends and enjoying Defence life in Adelaide.
Where: RAAF Base Edinburgh
Our regular sessions include:
For ages 0-5. There are plenty of toys, role play equipment, educational activities, playpen area, nursery items and a great outdoor play area with playground & sand pit. 
When: Wednesday and Friday, 9.30 am–12 noon during school term 
Held every two months on Saturday or Sunday. Involves a BBQ at the Community Centre or a day trip somewhere fun in Adelaide. 
Movies and dinner, happy hour drinks, theatre evenings, cooking classes, etc.
When: One Friday evening every two months. 
Presentation on topics relating to Defence family life such as coping with deployments, parenting and first aid training.
When: Every fourth Thursday of the month, alternating between daytime and evening. 
No crafting experience necessary – learn something fun or a new skill, or just have a good natter.
When: Every third Thursday of the month 
Visiting different play-cafés around Adelaide.
When: Every second Thursday of the month, 10 am–1 pm
In addition, the centre offers various school holiday activities, family camping weekends, crèche days, a library and equipment for hire.
More or call Lizz on 0435 047 437 . The NEDC also has a Facebook group at


Woodside Defence Families Association (WDFA)

The Woodside Defence Families Association provides support to Defence families in many ways, offering a variety of activities, events, information and support. Our association welcomes new and current unit members and their families to the Adelaide Hills area.

We work closely with the Unit, RHQ and the Padre to provide information and support for everyone. We encourage partners and families to be part of the association by visiting our Playgroup and Community Centre buildings or following us on Facebook.

Activities and events include:

Morning Tea and Playgroup

Each Monday and Wednesday [except public holidays or Christmas time] from 9.30 onwards, usually concluding at lunchtime. Opportunity to socialise with members and for children to participate in craft and play activities. There are loads of toys, books, play equipment and puzzles.

We have a different craft activity for the children each week. We have a wonderful undercover playground area and a range of outdoor toys. There is a cubby house and sports equipment as well. There is a verandah with comfortable furniture and BBQ facilities.  Children of all ages are welcome and we have facilities for even the little ones, including high chairs, bouncers and a cosy baby space.

Monthly Social Events

We organise a range a range of events to suit everyone. See our Facebook page for what is coming up. These include family BBQs, lunches at local places of interest, movie nights, excursions to children friendly venues, sporting and fitness activities, local community volunteer work, craft group, book club, information sessions.

Special Occasion Events

Easter, Anzac Day and Christmas are celebrated with special events by the WDFA.

Where: Buildings 125/126Woodside Army Barracks 
More information: Call the WDFA on 0467 805 707 or DCO SA on 08 8305 6231. You can also email, visit or look us up on Facebook.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. 

Regional info

Getting started

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available. 


  • Government of South Australia - Lots of excellent information about services like transport, health, emergency and recreation.
  • Welcome to South Australia - Extensive regional information and a guide to what’s on, attractions and things to do across South Australia.
  • SA Community - A great searchable database of community resources.
    Resident packs are available from council offices in your new location, containing details of many community facilities of interest. Contact your local DCO office for more information.


  • Welcome to Port Wakefield - Community and services information for Port Wakefield, a coastal town located about 100 km north of Adelaide and home to the Proof and Experimental Establishment.
  • Wakefield Regional Council - Extensive local information for Port Wakefield.


Defence postings in Adelaide and surrounds