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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Melbourne & surrounds

Including Melbourne, Macleod and the Mornington Peninsula.


Community groups & centres

Cerberus Cottage Family and Friends

Cerberus Cottage offers a number of activities including playgroup, ceramics and craft activities, cuppas with the Family Liaison Officer and fitness activities. The Cottage also has computer access and provides referral to all services at DCO. The Cottage Crier can be obtained from Cerberus Cottage or by contacting the Cottage.

The Cottage also runs the Temporary Accommodation - Cook Road Lodge at HMAS Cerberus, which is available to any serving member (full -time or reservist) and their families and friends. The two bedroom cottage is fully self contained (including bedding). 
Where: 16 Cook Road, HMAS Cerberus
More information: send an email to or call 03 5983 0274. You can also visit the Cerberus Cottage Facebook page

Mactier Community Centre

The Mactier Community Centre is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation providing excellent opportunities to make new friends and learn new skills in the North Eastern Melbourne area. We are located on Simpson Barracks in Watsonia.

The Mactier Community Centre offers regular opportunities for members to meet through weekly playgroups, coffee catch ups, educational lessons and informative events. All events are open to military (all services) families and some activities and events are open to the local community.

For more information on what the Mactier Community Centre provides, visit our Facebookpage, our website or email

WAGS Toy Library

Membership is open to the families all Defence members and APS personnel at RAAF Williams and costs just $20 per family per year. A $5 toy replacement fee is also charged for each child. This allows you to borrow two toys per child each fortnight. for those new to the library, there is a wide range of toys (over 950) from baby activities to roller skates, Nintendo DS games to board games. We are also looking for ideas for new toys. We need volunteers to lend a hand on Fridays for lending toys. Please contact the toy library on Fridays on 9256 3433.
Where: Building 425, behind AFCANS, RAAF Base Williams, Laverton
When: Open Friday 12 noon to 1 pm 
More information: 03 9256 3433

Williams Defence Community House Playgroup - RAAF Williams Laverton

Playgroup meets Monday and Thursday mornings.To be contacted by the play group coordinator, please email or call  03 9282 3015

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.

RAAF Base Williams Area  

  • Hobsons Bay - Altona, Newport, Seabrook, Williamstown
  • Wyndham - Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham Vale, Point Cook

Defence postings in theMelbourne area

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 03 9282 3028
 1st Floor, 661 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3001

 03 5931 6095
 Building 116 HMAS CERBERUS VIC 3920

by appointment only
 03 9282 3028
 Mackay Rd, Building 16, Simpson Barracks (Watsonia), Macleod VIC 3085 

Building L425, Charlesworth Parade, RAAF Williams Laverton VIC 3028
Next to Defence Bank

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