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Community groups & contacts


Anklebiters Playgroup

We have good fun at Anklebiters and invite you to join us! Children of all ages are welcome.This friendly Defence playgroup is very well equipped, and has a shaded outdoor area.
Where: Building 153, Randwick Barracks
When: Thursday, 9.30 am-11.30 am
More information: Download a flyer or call DCO Sydney on 02 9393 3314

Defence Families Central Coast

A network of Defence families on the Central Coast, for support, company, and to create a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.Offers a fortnightly coffee mornings and other actitivies.
More information: Facebook - Defence Families Central Coast

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 Sydney

Go4Fun - Health and wellbeing for children aged 7 to 13

Go4Fun is a free healthy living program for kids to become fitter, healthier and happier. The program is fun and interactive and supports 7 to 13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a long lasting and healthy approach to living. Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier as they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills. 
More information: Download the Go4Fun brochure
How to register: Call 1800 780 900 or visit

Sydney Day Nursery SDN Children's Services

SDN Children’s Services, together with Soldiers’ Settlement Public School, and the Working from the Ground Up project, will be operating a supported playgroup for young children and their families.
Where: 29-39 Menin Road, Matraville
When: Friday mornings (during School terms), 10.00am – 12.00pm
More information: SDN Children Services

Kissingpoint Cottage

Kissingpoint Cottage is a tri-service community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. Our aim is to support military partners and their children in a fun and friendly environment where everyone understands the unique lifestyle and challenges faced by Defence families.

If you are new to the area or would simply like to make some new friends, come along and try some of our weekly sessions. We would love to meet you!

  • Wednesday 10am to 12 noon - Playgroup (0-5yrs): Casual membership - $4 per family.  A great opportunity for your child to participate in a session of craft, activities & free-play, while you socialise with other mums. Please bring a piece of fruit, drink bottle and hat for your child.
  • Thursday (every 2nd and 4th Thursday) 10am to 12 noon - Story Time (0-5yrs):Casual membership - $4 per family. Bring your child along for a quiet morning of stories & craft. Please contribute a piece of fruit for morning tea.  
  • Friday 10am to 12.30pm - Adult Craft Group & Kids Crèche: Casual membership - $6 for craft; $12 for Crèche per family. Come along to our Friday craft group - bring your own project, participate in a pre-planned craft activity or simply have a cuppa & a chat. Your children will be cared for on-site by our very experienced babysitter. 

Where: the house with the orange fence, just behind Timor Barracks, 282 Kissing Point Road, Dundas NSW. 
More information: call 02 9874 4052, send an email to or visit the Kissingpoint Cottage Facebook page or feel free to simply drop in. We are open Wednesday to Friday.

Northern Beaches Defence Families Playgroup

Where: 28 Field Battery Depot, 40 South Creek Road, Dee Why
When: Every Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon
More information: Call Pamela on 02 9972 2469 or Claire on 02 9982 2179

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.

Defence postings in the Sydney area

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