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For ADF members and their families

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Community groups & centres

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 Cairns

Little Diggers Community Centre 

Little Diggers Community Centre (LDCC) in Cairns is a Defence-sponsored community group that aims to help Defence families feel confident, resilient and connected in Cairns. LDCC welcomes Defence and non-Defence families from all over Cairns, making it a great place to meet other local families, make new friends and catch up with some old friends.

Our regular office hours are: 

Playgroup at Brinsmead Community Centre - Loridan Drive, Brinsmead (Opposite IGA complex)
Tuesday - 9am to 10.30am.
Thursday - 11am to 12.30pm 
Friday - 9am to 10.30am & 11am to 12.30pm
$3/family and a piece of fruit to share.

Bellies & Bubs - Thursday - 9am to 11am
$2/family. Tea and coffee provided.
We also run workshops, courses and additional activities. 

Like our facebook page "LITTLE DIGGERS COMMUNITY CENTRE INC" to keep up to date with all our news and events.

For more information please contact us via email - 
or phone 0498 505 494

My Space Inc

My Space supports young people and their families who are affected by a disability or mental health disorder. My Space will run a pilot project for Defence families in Cairns who have dependants with additional needs.
What: My Space runs DF Enable, a new program designed to meet the specific requirements of eligible families caring for a child with special needs. Our caring support workers offer fun and supportive activities and respite services for Defence families.
When: Up to three hours per week during Defence force deployments How much: Free to eligible families.
Contact: Rachel Gibson on 4031 0123 (make her name a link to the following email
More information: Download the flyer

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

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


  • Welcome to Cairns - Welcome to Cairns Letter and Information Pack
  • Cairns Regional Council - All you need to know about living in Cairns, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events
  • Cairns Residents Guide - Cairns Regional Council's guide for new residents to living in the Cairns region, Queensland Australia
  • Community Services Directory - Council has provided this searchabledirectory which gives up-to-date listings of organisations providing services to the community throughout the Cairns region
  • Cairns Living - Detailed local information, including markets and shopping guides, information on suburbs and schools, sports and activities
  • Sport and Recreation - Council plans, builds and manages public land, sports fields and recreation facilities to support local communities and clubs.
  • Cairns Regional Tourism Information

Disaster Management

State Emergency Service: 132 500
Ergon Energy Emergencies: 13 16 70 or 000

Cairns Services 

  • Department of Transport : Corner Owen & Kenny Close, Cairns - or: Bentley Village Shopping Centre, 96 McLaughlin Rd Bentley Park Phone: 13 23 90
  • Ergon Energy: Connections: 13 10 46 - Emergencies: 13 16 70 (000) -  Faults: 13 22 96

Weipa and Scherger Regional Information

Thursday Island Regional Information

Defence postings in Cairns and Far North Queensland

You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

Schools and education

For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.

You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.

  • Cairns Schools Directory
  • Education QLD
  • James Cook University - One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
  • TAFE Queensland - TAFENQ is the largest and most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland offering practical, industry-relevant training to over 180,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas.
  • Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

    The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation that has offered early childhood education and care since 1907. C&K Is currently taking enrolments now for 2015. To enrol visit the Creche and Kindergarten Association website or call us on 1800177092.