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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Current grant recipients


Current grant recipients
Recipient Services provided
1st Puckapunyal Scout Group

1st Puckapunyal Scout Group delivers support services to ADF families.

Contact: Web

3 Bridges Community

Supports the operation of the Early Years Support Service (EYSS) to assist isolated Defence families who have limited family and social support. The service coordinates a home visiting program to support mothers with new babies.

Contact: Web

Amberley Defence Communities

Amberley Defence Communities support Defence personnel and their families through regular activities and provide continued support for the unique challenges faced by members of the Defence community.

Contact: Web

Anklebiters Playgroup

The playgroup provides a centre for children to play, information for parents, craft groups and infant support.

Contact: Facebook

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation delivers respite and education programs for Defence children who have parent/s with a mental illness, including PTSD.

Contact: Email

Australian Military Wives Choir

The choir was established in Canberra in 2012 and members are keen to help women start their own choirs in other locations. In Canberra, the choir meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Contact: Email

Bandiana Neighbourhood House

Bandiana Neighbourhood House is located in Gaza Ridge Barracks and offers a variety of activities including playgroup, craft interest groups, childcares, health and wellbeing courses, social activities and support programs.

Contact: Facebook

Cerberus Cottage Family & Friends Inc.

Cerberus Cottage supports the running of the centre and events and activities for Defence families posted to HMAS Cerberus.

Contact: Web

Crace Community Association

Crace Community Association supports advertising to reach newly posted Defence families in the Gungahlin area linking them with the local community

Contact: Web

Crib Point Fire Brigade

Supports the engagement of Defence families based at HMAS Cerberus about the volunteer CFA fire brigade, raise awareness about fire safety and plan for bush fires.

Contact: Facebook

Darwin Defence Community Centre

The Darwin Defence Community Centre is a tri-service facility offering a range of programs for Defence families in the Darwin region, including a playgroup, youth group, and a suite of self development courses.

Contact: Website

Dowsing Point Community Centre

Dowsing Point Community Centre is located at Derwent Barracks and offers a variety of activities including playgroup, craft interest groups, childcare, health and wellbeing courses, social activities and support programs.

Contact: Facebook

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group supports the delivery of family support services including peer support, information assistance and advocacy to Defence families with special needs.

Contact: Web

Duntroon Community Centre

Duntroon Community Centre’s support services to Defence families in the Canberra region include playgroups and playschool programs, crafting clubs, babysitting and walking groups, a library, and self-development courses.

Contact: Website | Email | Facebook | 026265 9411

East Sale Family Group

East Sale Family Group provides a craft group, playgroup, book club, and youth group, and publishes a bimonthly newsletter.

Contact: Facebook

Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre

Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre holds events and activities including Playgroup, Mums and Bubs and Craft for Defence families located at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.

Contact: Email

Gungahlin Defence Families Playgroup

The group runs 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 morning tea for the mums and dads.

Contact: Email

Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism Inc

The Defence Families Community Employment project will partner with Experience Works North Queensland to offer Defence families’ strength based programs that optimise employment prospects and business development solutions in the region.

Contact: Website

Holsworthy Family Group

Providing Defence families living in the Liverpool region west of Sydney with access to a playgroup, craft sessions and a toy library, the Holsworthy Family Group is a point of contact, a resource centre, and social place to meet and make new friends from the Defence and wider civilian communities.

Contact: Facebook

Interrelate Ltd

Interrelate supports education and counselling support services tailored to the needs of Defence members with dependents unaccompanied posted to the Hunter and RAAF Richmond regions.

Contact: Website

JobQuest - Penrith Skills

JobQuest supports a young leaders project designed to support Defence families in the Port Stephens and Williamtown areas, focusing on building leadership skills, employability skills and community connections for high school aged students and their families.

Contact: Website

Kapooka Neighbourhood House

Kapooka Neighbourhood House supports the ongoing delivery of services to ADF families in the Kapooka region. Specifically, the organisation provides self development courses; playgroup and craft group activities.

Contact: Facebook

Karrakatta Community House (KCH)

Located at Irwin Barracks, the centre provides Defence and civilian families with resources and links to their community. Regular activities include craft classes, a kids club and playgroups. Call: 08 9385 0554

Contact: Email

Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct

Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct supports the involvement of Defence families in a community event to celebrate Territory Day. The project aims to build social cohesion through community engagement and workshops and assist Defence families to adjust to life in a remote locality.

Contact: Web

Kings Community

Kings Community supports the Hoop Dream project which provides opportunities for Defence families to participate in basketball related activities that promote integration and connection with each other and to be actively involved in the community.

Contact: Web

Kissingpoint Cottage

Located at Dundas in Sydney, Kissingpoint Cottage runs adult educational programs, a playgroup, craft sessions and can provide a range community information to Defence families in the region.

Contact: Facebook

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House (LNH) provides support programs to tri-service families in Darwin.

Contact: 08 8935 5498

Little Diggers Community Centre

The community centre provides a range of weekly activities for both Defence and non-Defence families in Cairns. Programs include playgroup, bellies and bubs and a range of workshops including first aid, cooking and self-defence sessions.

Contact: 07 4053 9305 | Email | Website

Mactier Community Centre

Mactier Community Centre provides playgroups, craft, sporting activities, a website, and publishes a local newsletter.

Contact: Facebook

Marilla House Community Centre

Supports the ongoing delivery of services to ADF families. The organisation provides various weekly playgroups, parenting sessions and support programs.

Contact: Web

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.

Contact: Email

Necana Association

Necana Association is located in Wodonga and offers the Necana Magazine, the Pac a Picnic program, coffee club, teen’s program and community information and family fun days.

Contact: Web

Network Tindal

Network Tindal currently facilitates a number of community events throughout the year ranging from community fairs, school holiday activities, and programs for adults and children.

Contact: Facebook

North East Defence Community

The North East Defence Community offers playgroups, school holiday activities, youth groups, a library and a monthly newsletter for Defence families in South Australia.

Contact: Email

Picabeen Community Association

The Picabeen Community Association support Defence young people experiencing challenges and difficulties at home or school. This support network aims to build friendships and new skills for families located in Brisbane

Contact: Website

Playgroup of the NT

The organisation provides community playgroups, supported playgroups for special needs and offers support and referrals to other service providers.

Contact: Web

Pilbara Regiment Family Group Inc

The Pilbara Regiment Family Group provides social networks, events and education for Defence families posted to the Pilbara Region. The group supports Defence families at all six Depots of the Regiment from Port Hedland to Carnarvon in Western Australia and from the coast to the border with the Northern Territory.

Contact: Email

Port Moresby Australian Defence Families Club

The club organises regular social events, courses and excursions for Defence families posted to PNG. The club aims to reduce the stress and isolation associated with a hardship posting in a remote locality.

Contact: Email

Power Community Ltd

Power partners with Power to be Positive, a group of child psychologists to deliver the program with a focus on positive thinking, positive mental health and resilience. Power targets primary schools that have a large number of Defence families enrolled at their schools.

Contact: Web

Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre Inc

The centre connects Defence families with one another and the wider community through numerous programs and activities. This includes a range of children’s programs such as dance, Tumble Tots and Story Time. The centre has a fitness program including Zumba, tennis and bootcamp. There’s also a coffee club, craft group, mums and bubs, school holiday activities and several social events throughout the year. 

Contact: Email | (03) 5735 7719

Puckapunyal Kindergarten Association Incorporated

The association provides kindergarten programs for Defence families based at Puckapunyal. Families from the wider community also access the program. The kindergarten runs a program for four-year-olds (15 hrs per week) and a program for three-year-olds (one or two three-hour sessions per week). 

Contact: Email | 03 5735 7699

Redcliffe PVA

Redcliffe PVA supports wellbeing programs for Defence families through the Redcliffe Support Group.

Contact: Web

Riverina Community College

The Riverina Community College Transition Support Officer (TSO) develops and coordinates information and networking events for Defence families located at Kapooka.

Contact: Website

Robertson Barracks Family Group

Robertson Barracks Family Group offers weekly playgroups, coffee mornings; youth get togethers, book club, personal wellbeing programs and social activities.

Contact: Facebook

Shoalhaven Defence Families Association

Supports families of Defence personnel in the Shoalhaven area (HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell). Activities run at the house include Albatross playtime, scrapbooking, craft mornings, training and development courses and Families day.

Contact: Web

Solid Rock

Solid Rock delivers support and pastoral care services to the partners of tri-service ADF members.

Contact: Email

South Coastal Women's Health Services

South Coastal Women's Health Services support counselling programs and a range of therapeutic and support groups for ADF families in the Baldvis and Rockingham region.

Contact: Web

Special Air Service Regiment Auxiliary

A community group to support members and families of the SASR.

Contact: 08 9285 6666

The RANCH (RAAF, Army, Navy, Community House)

The Ranch supports the tri service community group provide events and support to the Wagga community.

Contact: Web

Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association

Toowoomba Defence Family Support Association’s support services to Defence families include playgroups, craft activities, workshops for children and adults, and a media library.

Contact: Facebook

Top Ender Tri Service Magazine

The Magazine is produced bi-monthly and is delivered to Defence households throughout Darwin, Katherine and surrounds. The magazine provides local and Defence related information, news and events to those new to the posting locality.

Contact: Web

Williamtown Defence Family Group

Williamtown Defence Family Group provides support and services to Defence familes posted to the Williamtown area. The group offers a craft group, personal growth and interest sessions as well as a toy library.

Contact: Facebook

Williamtown Playgroup

Williamtown Playgroup provides an interactive learning space for children from newborn to five years of age.

Contact: Web

Williamtown Pre School Inc

Williamtown Preschool caters for children aged 3-5 years and is open to both Defence and civilian families.

Contact: Website | Email

Woodside Defence Families Association

Through the Woodside Defence Families Association Defence families in South Australia can access a playgroup, book club, craft groups and courses.

Contact: Website | Facebook

YWCA of Adelaide

The organisation will run “Connect-4” group mentoring days for the children of Defence families. Activities will suit a range of interests and skill levels. 

Contact: Email | Website

YWCA of South Australia

The organisation supports the delivery of mentoring programs through four different camps aimed at different ages and personal development programs for Defence teenagers.

Contact: Email | Website