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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608


Including Nowra, Jervis Bay and Wollongong


For more event information check out our Events page.

Community groups & centres


Shoalhaven Defence Families Association

The Shoalhaven Defence Families Association is a volunteer group made up of predominantly Defence partners. They conduct regular activities at their neighbourhood house, 'Kookaburra Retreat', four days per week during NSW school terms. These activities include a Playgroup, craft group and other activities.

The association also holds regular community education courses according to member interests. In the past these have included First Aid, mechanics courses, homeopathy, cooking classes and specific crafts. The SDFA is also responsible for the production of the local quarterly Defence community newsletter, ‘Time Out’.

Where: Kookaburra Retreat, Flat 1&2, Canberra Drive, Nowra Hill (across from the HMASAlbatross main gate)
More information: Coordinator 02 4421 5766 |

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 Nowra

Tingira Child Care Centre Nowra

The centre provides long day care for Defence families with children aged six weeks to five years, but also open to general public with children aged six weeks to five years.

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.

  • Jervis Bay - Activities, attractions and goings-on in beautiful Jervis Bay
  • Shoalhaven City Council - Community and services information, events and guides for Shoalhaven. See 'My Community' for community and services information.
  • Wollongong City Council - Community and services information for Wollongong
  • Wollongong Tourism - Activities, events and things to do in Wollongong.

Defence postings in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra area

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