Community groups & centres
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.
More information: (03) 5735 7719 or email
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 Puckapunyal
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.
For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on1800 624 608.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
Contact your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.