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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Amberley & Ipswich



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Community groups & centres


Amberley Playgroup

Provides an opportunity for Defence and community families with young children to meet, socialise and provide support in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.

There playgroup operatesWednesday & Friday between 9.30—11.30am @ 31 Gannet St, Amberley.First session is free, then $3 per family or $1.50 for single child under 1yr or $3 per family for unlimited weekly visits.

Once you have attended your first session you will need to register with Playgroup Qld - all information will be provided at the first session. Bring a hat & morning tea!

Contact: Ashlea Hicks on 0421 191 430

Amberley Craft and Quilters Group

You can bring your own project with you, join in on whatever’s happening on the night, teach us a new craft or simply have a cuppa and meet some new people.
Where: Please contact DCO Amberley at; for venue details.
When: Thursday, 7 pm–9 pm
More information:

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs.

More info: DSNSG Amberley

Little Blessings Toy Library

Where: Please contact DCO Amberley at: for venue details.
When: Open first and third Monday and Saturday of the month, 9 am–10.30 am (excluding school holidays and public holidays)
More information: Tel: 0448 617 990, look them up on Facebook, or send an email

Amberley Defence Families

Amberley Defence Families is a Facebook page that has been created for families of Defence members based at Amberley.

There is no pre-requisite – your family can consist of babies, young children, teenagers or no kids. The group offers the opportunity to chat and meet with other Defence families. There is the occasional get-together organised by admin, however it is predominately a group to share information and interact with electronically.

All members, and partners/spouses, fo the Defence Force at Amberley are welcome. When you request to join you will be sient a private message to verify your connnection, please check your ‘Others’ folder and reply to this message.
More information: | Facebook page

Amberley Defence Communities Inc

Amberley Defence Communities (ADC) is a group of Defence spouses and members, who aim to help families integrate into the community and offer opportunities to meet other Defence families.

They aim to help by offering opportunities to expand social and professional networks by hosting family fun days, coffee mornings and events throughout the year.

Amberley Coffee Lovers

 Meet fortnightly on an off pay week, at different cafes in the local area.

Drop in hours at our office give you the chance to come & have a chat, use the computer & printer, borrow from our library & access local information. A day-time craft group will be commencing in 2015. Children are welcome but no childcare is available.

The ADC have organised ‘Welcome Bags’ for newly posted members to Amberley. The bags are provided on request and delivered on the down-lift day.

Where: CityHope Church, Ripley Rd, Flinders View
More information:

New Residents Orientation Tours

Ipswich City Council is conducting free orientation tours for new residents in the City of Ipswich.

Moving into a new area is very exciting, and to help you settle in, Ipswich City Council would like to invite you and other members of your family to join us on anorientation tour of Ipswich.

During the bus tour we will point out some of the great attractions and facilities of our City and tell you about  the developments being planned for our rapidly growing population.
Tour times: The tours will depart from the Council car park, 45 Roderick St, Ipswich at 10am and return 12.30pm. Parking is free.
Bookings: bookings for the tours are essential. To make a booking Tel: 07 3281 0555 at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.

Greater Springfield Storm - Australian Rules Football Club

Greater Springfield Storm is currently seeking expressions of interest for players in the coming 2015 Season for the following teams:

  • Seniors: Ages 17 and over
  • Masters: Ages 35 and over.

Also the club has Juniors Teams for the rest of the family, we have teams from Under 6 through to Under 17s, please feel free to contact us regarding the Junior or Senior team.
Further information: Feel free to contact President Robert Auld on 0431 746 808

DSNSG Volunteer Sought for Amberley Area

Do you like to help people? Do you like to meet new people? The Defence Special Needs Support Group is seeking volunteer for Amberley local Coordinator position. You don’t have to have special needs in your family to be a DSNSG volunteer Coordinator, just a willingness to help your fellow Defence families by putting on a coffee morning now and then, linking into local services and supports and occasionally organising a family day. Coordinator training is provided.

For further information please contact National Coordinator Kim Collins on 1800 037 674 or email


Ipswich Central Junior AFL Club

We are a small family friendly club, operating out of Limestone Park in the heart of Ipswich, offering Junior AFL to boys and girls.

The Auskick Program is an introduction to AFL for boys and girls from age 5 to 12 years, and Junior&Youth Footy is for boys and girls from U8 to U14 and boys only in U16. We already have RAAF families who are members of our Club and we would like to invite new Amberley RAAF and other military families to join.
More information: Ipswich Central website  

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.

Letter of welcome from the Mayor

Aircraft noise

Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities

  • Ipswich City Council - Find a whole range of useful information, including the latest Ipswich news, local attractions and services, and community directories.
  • Discover Ipswich - Discover all Ipswich has to offer from art galleries and markets to parks and gardens, as well as a wide range of events and activities for all the family.
  • Ipswich Visitor Information Centre - 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipwich (alongside Queens Park), 07 3281 0555

Defence postings in the Amberley and Ipswich area