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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 North  DSNSG West

Mactier Community Centre

The Mactier Community Centre is located in Building 40.

The Mactier Community Centre runs groups and programs to enable us to meet the needs of our membership, with the aim of promoting community engagement and self-confidence. Currently, the Centre facilitates a number of group activities including playgroup, coffee and cake, book group, sewing lessons, craft and a walking group.

A quarterly newsletter, the Simpsons Voice, is available online and the Mactier Community Centre also administer and encourage use of our very active on line community.
The Coordinator is located in the office in front of the accommodation cell and is in the office 9.15am – 2pm Monday – Thursday

For more information on what the Mactier Community Centre provides, visit our Facebook page, our website or email or call 03 8481 7211

Western Area Group Support (WAGS) Toy Library - RAAF Williams Laverton

Western Area Group Support (WAGS) Toy Library at RAAF Williams, Laverton is for exclusive use by ADF and Defence APS families in the western Melbourne Region. The library provides toys, books, educational and electronic interactive games & DVDs as well as a selection of children's sporting equipment.

The Toy Library caters for children from zero to approximately early teens. The Toy Library has a wide range of toys and larger plastic play equipment that can be hired out for private parties (slides, castles, roller coaster (2-5 yr olds) etc.)

Location: The Toy Library is located at the rear of the canteen at Laverton.
Open hours: Thursday lunchtimes (excluding school & public holidays) between 11:30 and 12:30h.
Membership: Annual membership is now free There is no individual hire costs for toys (with the exception of weekend hire for private children's parties)
Loan period: Standard loan period is 2 weeks, this period may be extended subject to the popularity of the toy/equipment.

RAAF Williams Playgroup - Laverton

Playgroup meets Thursday mornings. To be contacted by the play group coordinator, please email

Regional info

Getting started

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

  • City of Melbourne - The Melbourne City Council website, with extensive information about city services, transport, facilities, and local activities and events
  • Visit Melbourne - Things to do and see in Melbourne and surrounds
  • What’s On in Melbourne - A calendar of events of things to do and see in Melbourne, including some free events

Simpson Barracks and surrouds

  • Banyule - Bundoora, Greensborough,Viewbank, Macleod, Watsonia,Yallambie
  • Whittlesea - Bundoora, Epping, Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang
  • Monee Valley - Ascot Vale, Keilor East, Niddrie and Moonee Ponds
  • Moreland - Glenroy, Brunswick and Pascoe Vale

RAAF Base Williams Area  

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

Defence postings in the Melbourne 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 

by appointment only
 03 9282 3028
Building 27, Medical Centre Sir Richard Williams Drive, RAAF Williams Laverton

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