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For ADF members and their families

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Canberra

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Community groups & centres

Canberra

ACT Gifted Support

ACT Gifted Support is a local support group affiliated with the NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children, made up of volunteers, all parents of gifted children. Please note that this is an ACT community group and not exclusive to Defence families.

The group provides support for gifted children and their families by way of organising fun and education activities, guest speakers, family days and general information and guide to other resources.
More information:  act@nswagtc.org.au|  ACT Gifted Support.

Australian Military Wives Choir, Canberra

The Australian Military Wives Choir, Canberra is a choir for women who support Military personnel in Canberra. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word wives, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother.
Where: Duntroon Chapel
When: First and Third Thursday evening each month from 7pm
More information:  amwc.canberra@gmail.com  |  Facebook page | Military Wives Choir flyer | www.amwchoir.com

Defence Special Needs Support Group(DSNSG) - coffee catch-ups for Defence families

The Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG) are holding regular coffee catch-ups for Defence families who have dependants with special needs. The catch-ups will be held at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:30am - 11:30am between now and Christmas. More info: carol.johnstone@dsnsg.org.au

Duntroon Community Centre

Duntroon Community Centre, Gymkhana Road, RMC Duntroon, ACT

Opened originally in 1981, the Duntroon Community Centre (DCC) has always offered Defence families a place to go for companionship and support. Moving to our current location in July 2003, the DCC of today is a fabulous facility (located on the grounds of RMC Duntroon) which offers a diverse array of programs and activities, available to both military (all services) and civilian families.

Examples of DCC groups and activities include:

  • a licensed 3 year old Playschool, offering a play based, child centred program in a caring and nurturing environment supported by a qualified teacher and assistant,
  • playgroups
  • craft groups (including a quilting machine)
  • evening bookclub,
  • kids’ art classes, and
  • BBQs.

More information: Visit www.duntrooncommunitycentre.org.au for details of what Duntroon Community Centre has on offer.

Gungahlin Defence Families Playgroup

We have a different craft activity for the kids every week, lots of indoor and outdoor toys, a cubby house, a video, DVD and book library to borrow from, and a delicious morning tea for the mums and dads. BYO morning tea for the kids. If your children are 0-5 years old bring them along to meet some new friends. 
We try to include many activities in our year which include visits to Kidcity, Questacon, and CSIRO, visits from Action Buses, Fire and Police representatives and, of course, the Christmas party! 
The Playgroup is run by an enthusiastic Committee who are happy to accept contributions from our members. Membership to the ACT Playgroups Association is mandatory and costs $33 per annum. GDFP charge $3 per family per week that goes towards the ongoing costs of the Playgroup (tea and coffee facilities etc.)

Where: Nicholls Community Centre (next to Gold Creek Primary School), Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls, ACT
When: Every Thursday 9.30 am—11.30 am
Welcome: Parents and children
More information: President/Coordinator 0484 936 185 , or gungahlindfp@gmail.com

Solid Rock Ministries

Solid Rock Ministries is a group that provides support and encouragement for Christian Defence spouses and serving members.
When:Monday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
Where: RMC Chapel, on Miles Road. There is a meeting room at the back of the chapel - you can find it easily from the car park, and there is usually a sign put out to help you find the room.
Further info: If you would like to make contact first, or have any questions, please email Julianne McMaster at solidrockdefence@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page 'Solid Rock Defence'.

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.

  • Canberra Connect - An ACT government portal for local services and information. Phone 13 22 81
  • Canberra and Region Visitors Centre - Connect with services, activities or information you need. 
    Phone: 1300 554 114
    Visit: Regatta Point, Barrine Drive, Parkes
  • Canberra – Create your future - Find a range of information about living in Canberra, including a virtual tour.
  • Contact Canberra - Community resource information.
  • Territory and Municipal Services - Find comprehensive information on aspects of local life including transport, recreation, pet ownership and essential services.
  • Visit Canberra - Discover events and activities in the Canberra region.
  • Queanbeyan City Council - Find a range of information about living in Queanbeyan.

Defence postings in Canberra

Bases
  • HMAS Harman
  • Defence Establishment Fairbairn
  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC)
Training

Offices

Department of Defence offices are scattered throughout Canberra including Russell, Campbell Park, Brindabella Park and Deakin.