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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Hunter region

Including Singleton, Tamworth, Williamtown, Port Stephens, Maitland and Newcastle



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Childrens' services

Children’s services have been re-located from RAAF Williamtown into the Community close to the base.

The Childcare and Preschool are located at 20a Kangaroo Street, Raymond Terrace. The facility at Raymond Terrace includes a new, modern and spacious childcare centre for children six weeks to five years and preschool for children aged three to five years. The playgroup is located at Ferodale Oval in Medowie (opposite Kirrang Drive).

For information about Childcare, please telephone Mission Australia on 1800 757 343. For information and contact details for the pre-school and playgroup, please see below Community Groups and Centres section.

DCO has established an individual case management service which is being offered to all Defence families to help them source alternative childcare options. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing appropriate childcare, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or

Aircraft noise

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

Community groups & centres



Defence Families Maitland

An informal group of Defence partners located in the Maitland area. The group aims to provide a support network for Defence families in the area. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator via the following details: .

Phone: Tahlia on 0428 387 452 | | Facebook: Defence Families Maitland


Newcastle Buddies

Newcastle Buddies is a group for Defence partners and families who reside in the Newcastle area.  The group provides support and can assist you to make new friends.

More information: Michelle on 0414 498 029 | | Facebook: Newcastle Buddies


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 Singleton/Tamworth

Little Diggers Playgroup

Defence Mums, Dads, babies and children of any age welcome! We have weekly indoor activities set up and an outdoor playground. Many toys and things to keep the kids busy while you have the chance to get to know other Defence families.

Bring a $2.00 donation per child (or $4.00 for a family) and a piece of fruit to share.

Where: Community Hall, Lone Pine Barracks, Singleton
When: Every Monday and Thursday 9.30am to 12.00pm (including school holidays)
More info: Beth at 0432 668 959 | Facebook: Singleton Little Diggers Playgroup


Terrace Buddies

A support group for Defence partners located in the Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Williamtown areas. Everyone is made to feel welcome in a supportive environment.

More information: Facebook: Terrace Buddies

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 Williamtown

Williamtown Child Care Centre

Child Care Services at Williamtown will remain open into the future. We have relocated to an interim location at Raymond Terrace for 2017-18, in view of relocating permanently to Medowie for 2019. Please contact using the below details if you require our service.

  • Defence priority service catering for children 0-6years
  • Supply food and nappies
  • Daily fees supplied on enquiry

Address: 20A Kangaroo St Raymond Terrace NSW 2324

Phone: 02 4988 5200 | 1800 757 343

Williamtown Pre-School

Not-for-profit organisation, is managed by a management committee comprising ADF parents on a voluntary basis. For children 3-5 years old.

Centre Director: Michelle Curtin
Phone: 02 49877009

Williamtown Playgroup

Parents and carers of children aged 0-5yrs are welcome to socialise and encourage development in a child friendly environment.

Where:Ferodale Oval, Medowie
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 12.00pm and Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm.
More info:

Williamtown Craft Group

The Craft Group provides an opportunity for Defence partners to meet others in the area while working on the latest project or learning something new. Coffee and tea is provided.

More information: | Facebook: Williamtown Craft Group

Williamtown Defence Family Group Inc

The Group oversees a number of activities including Williamtown Craft Group and Williamtown Toy Library. They also coordinate a number of annual Defence community activities, such as Christmas cards for the troops and the welcome to Williamtown welcome bags. Everyone is welcome to attend.

More info:

Williamtown Toy Library

The Toy Library has a range of toys, DVDs, games and puzzles for loan at very low costs.

For more information, including opening times, please contact the group’s coordinator:

The Buzz Facebook Page

The Buzz operates under the Williamtown Defence Family Group. The page provides Defence Members and their families with local community information.
For more information: Facebook ‘Buzz Williamtown’

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. 

Bay Region

Buddies in the Bay

A group for Defence and civilian partners who reside in the Nelson Bay region. The group share information, chat and have fun in a friendly atmosphere.

More information: Debra 0423766378 |

Gan Gan Family Centre

The Gan Gan Family Centre is part of The Schools as Community Centres Project.

Gan Gan Family Centre is located on the grounds of Anna Bay Public School (near the back entrance on Old Main Rd). We aim to provide services to our local community such as playgroups, workshops and information with a focus on children 0-8.

Gan Gan Family Centre provides a range of FREE activities and initiatives to engage and support families raising young children.

Initiatives include:

  • supported playgroups, play & learn groups for children & parents
  • transition to school playgroup & activities
  • parenting workshops & support groups, information & resources
  • toy & book library
  • projects that bring other services into the school & community

More information: 02 4982 1767

Central Coast

Defence families on the Central Coast

A network of Defence families on the Central Coast who provide support and friendship to assist in creating a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.

More information: Catherine at | Facebook: Defence Families Central Coast


Regional info

Getting started

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

Hunter Valley


Newcastle & Williamtown



  • Tamworth Visitors Information - Visit the website or the information centre at the Golden Guitar Complex, Goonoo Goonoo Road Tamworth for a variety of local information and brochures.

Defence postings in the Hunter area

  • GAZA Training Depot (Armidale)
  • Dubbo and Orange (1/19 RNSWR)
  • Chauvel Training Depot (Muswellbrook)
  • Bullecourt Barracks (Adamstown)
  • Singleton Military Area / Lone Pine Barracks (Singleton)
  • Beersheba Barracks (Tamworth)
  • The Basic Flying Training School (Tamworth)
  • RAAF Base Williamtown (Williamtown) - Defence families are welcome at RAAF Williamtown and can access a range of facilities and groups

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

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 02 4034 6973
 RAAF Base, Building 527, McNamara Drive, Williamtown NSW 2314

 02 4034 6973
 RAAF Base, Building 527, McNamara Drive, Williamtown NSW 2314

 02 4034 6973
Customer Service Centre, Symons VC Drive, Singleton NSW 2331

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