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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608




Aircraft noise - Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.

Community groups & contacts


Network Tindal

The Network Tindal office is located in the Tindal Community Centre near DCO and is available for drop in during opening hours. Network Tindal can provide information on the Tindal and Katherine communities, and provides access to the internet and printer facilities. The group facilitates support to several clubs and groups who offer recreation, hobby and social activities for the members and families posted to RAAF Tindal.
More information: the Network Tindal website

Network Tindal initatives

Tindal Community Times: A community-based newsletter keeping Tindal and Katherine Defence families informed about functions and facilities in the Katherine and Darwin areas.The Tindal Community Times comes out monthly and is available online or in hardcopy on-base from AAFCANS, Tindal Post Office, Defence Bank, Network Tindal Community Centre, DCO Tindal and in Katherine from the Council and the local members' office.

Tindal Tidal Waves Swimming Club: AUSTSwim accredited swimming lessons for kids, terms 1 and 4.

Tindal Treehouse: An active hour of fun, games, songs and sports for Defence children aged 1 to 4 years. Tuesday and Thursday 10 to 11 am, Tindal Community Rooms, $2 per session.

Tindal Dance Group: Dance lessons for kids.

Creative Craft Network: BYO craft nights. Tindal Community Rooms, every second Tuesday, 7 to 9 pm, $2 per person (tea and coffee supplied).

Tindal Teens: Friday night get-togethers for 12 to 16 year olds, supervised by adults. Activities include: Xbox 360, Pool, Fuse ball, movies and games.

Tindal LAN Club: PC/Console network gaming club.

Tindal Buddies Facebook Group: An informal group for Members and families posted to RAAF Tindal. This is a great place to find out about upcoming events, share info, get support, set up a kids play date and so-on. Visit our Facebook page!

Tindal Preschool

Preschool develops skills your child will use every day for the rest of their lives. Environments are ever-changing and we need to adapt by stimulating creativity, teaching problem solving and reasoning skills, experimenting, exploring and inventing.

All children’s learning (social, physical and mental) is developed through carefully structured activities. Our aim is to ensure that the Preschool year maximises each child’s potential.
Preschool in the NT is a part-time sessional programme available to all 4 -5 year old children (must turn four by 30th June in year of entry). It is operated by the NT Dept of Education as the first stage of schooling using the NT Dept of Education Curriculum, equipped with educational curriculum linked resources and qualified teaching staff. It is designed to bridge the gap between home/childcare to full-time schooling. Preschool sessions work out to be around only $1.20 each day.
More information: 08 8971 7127 or

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. The AMWC has enjoyed rapid growth and significant community support since it began in 2012 and is eager to expand throughout Australia. The Choir recently received funding from DCO, and a significant proportion of the grant was to aid in setting up new groups in regions across the country, including Adelaide.
More information: Australian Military Wives Choir website 
Contact: send an email to the AMWC

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 Tindal/Katherine

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

Welcome to the Territory

Undoubtedly one of the best things about being a Territorian is the lifestyle. Whether you’re into sports, dining out, fishing, the arts or wildlife, the Northern Territory has something for you.

Defence families can check out the Life in Darwin and Life in Katherine videos on thisWelcome to the Territory website for a taste of what the top end has to offer.

Getting started

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

  • The Territory - An excellent at-a-glance resource to familiarise you with living, working and exploring in the Northern Territory.
  • Katherine Town Council - Council services, community events and recreation information.
  • NT: Share our story - Things to do and places to go in Katherine and surrounds.
  • Tourism Top End - Find a visitor guide and information on Katherine’s many attractions.
  • Visit Katherine - Information about all aspects of living in the Katherine and Tindal area, from attractions to weather, local businesses to upcoming events.

Defence postings in the Tindal and Katherine area