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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Sale & South-East Victoria


Community groups & centres


East Sale Family Group Inc.

The East Sale Family Group Inc was established to enrich the lives of families within the Defence community. Welcoming Defence families into an environment that empowers individuals through shared contacts, interaction and knowledge. We currently offer a number of fabulous groups to facilitate this. Annual membership is $15 per year and includes many wonderful groups, activities and subsidized events.

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 Sale

Little Hoots Playgroup - Please bring a piece of fruit to share. See Facebook for details. When: Monday, 9.30 am–11.30am

Coffee Club - Meet some of the other families over a tea/coffee. Children welcome. See Facebook for details. 
When: Wednesday, 9.30 am–11.30am

Stitch & Wine - Spend some time working on any craft you like or participate in planned lessons. Project nights are held regularly for those who need some inspiration. See Facebook for details 
When: Monday, 7 pm

Health and Wellbeing Group - Various programs run throughout the year, including group personal training(bootcamp), yoga, meditation, Pilates and much more. Or if you just need to find a fitness buddy to help you stay motivated, contact our group leader who may know just the right person for you. Join our Facebook closed group to stay updated about activities and register your interest in upcoming programs.

Coffee & Dessert – Come out with the girls every pay week Friday to let off some steam and make some new friends. This is a great chance to get out of the house, take a break from the kids and have some girl time, see Facebook for details. 
When: pay week Friday night

Book Club - If you enjoy reading, critiquing and discussing a good book then book club is the group for you! See Facebook for details.
When: Every 2nd Tuesday, 7pm

Photography Group - Currently seeking expressions of interest to host this group. Fantastic resources available. Contact the group for more details. 
When: Every 2nd Tuesday, 7pm

The Umbrella newsletter - he Umbrella newsletter is produced by volunteers and is posted out to local Defence Families twice a year. Please pass on your address details to the Coordinator or FLO to ensure you receive a copy in your mailbox. The Editor welcomes inclusions that may interest Defence Families, email your contributions or suggestions

More info: or 03 5146 6171 | Facebook:

Sale Neighbourhood House

Lots of different people come to the House for lots of different reasons - to volunteer, to work, to play, to learn, to share, to teach, to relax or just to say hello and unwind. The House offers health and wellbeing classes, craft and cooking courses, childcare and many other programs.
Where: 19-23 Leslie Street, Sale 
When: Open Monday to Friday, 9 am–3 pm
More information: Sale Neighbourhood House website or 03 5144 5747 

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

Getting started

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

  • Tourism Wellington - Attractions, information, facilities and more for central Gippsland (including Sale)
  • Wellington Shire Council - Events, programs and community and service information for Wellington Shire (to which Sale belongs)

Defence postings in the Sale area

  • RAAF Base East Sale - website has extensive local information available for Defence families, including education and lifestyle information, and entertainment, job opportunities and housing in Sale.

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