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For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608



Post Operations Psychological Screen (POPS)

Partners and adult family members in the Brisbane region are now welcome to take part in the Post Operational Psychological Screening, or POPS, process with their ADF member. 

The role that families play in supporting a member’ s mental health and wellbeing after a deployment is critical, and it’s important that they are engaged in the recovery process right from the start.

To arrange a Family POPS appointment, please contact the chain of command and ask to speak with the Family POPS Unit Liaison Officer, and download the following documents for more information.

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Community groups & centres


Australian Air Force Cadets – 101 Squadron, Townsville

AAFC provides an opportunity for young people aged between 13 and 18 to meet new friends, build confidence and leadership skills, while experiencing a variety of activities both in the air and on the ground.
Where: RAAF Base, Garbutt
When: Fridays 6.30 pm to 10.15 pm (during school terms)
More information: call 07 4752 1723, visit or send an email

Blue Skies Preschool and Kindergarten

Blue Skies is situated on RAAF Base Townsville and accepts enrolments from both Defence and Civilian families. The Centre has close ties with base facilities which offers exciting extensions to our program.
Where: RAAF Base, Garbutt
When: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 2:30pm in accordance with Education Qld school terms.
More information: 07 4752 1153 or

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 Townsville

Geckos Community Centre

Geckos is a tri-service community centre providing a range of services and activities for all defence families. Geckos provides a mix of formal and informal activities such as playgroups, coffee club and craft group each week.
Where: Geckos Family Centre, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville
When: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
More information: Bus Hours: 07 4411 7031 or 07 4411 1741
After hours: 0438 558 812 - Geckos website | | Facebook: search for Geckos

Saints Eagles Souths Football Club Inc. (Soccer)

Saints Eagles Souths Football Club Inc (aka Saints or SESFC) caters for boys and girls aged 5-18, men and women 18-50+.
Where: Clubhouse and junior training fields: Cnr Marron Cres, Balls Lane and Ross River Road, Mundingburra 4812 
Senior training fields and home ground:  Aitkenvale Park, adjacent to the Aitkenvale Library, Petunia St.
More information: SESFC website

Solid Rock Ministries

Meet every Tuesday morning 9:30 am at Lavarack Chapel meeting room

Australian Military Wives (AMC) Townsville Choir

Are you a woman connected to a currently serving member of the ADF? The AMC has a branch in Townsville and we'd like you to join us!

No experience required, no audition necessary, just come along to enjoy singing together.
Where: rehearsals are at Geckos Family Centre, Lavarack Barracks
When: 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month from 7.00pm to 8.30pm 
Contact: or visit
More info: download flyer

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


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

Townsville Community Centres and Groups
  • Geckos Community Centre: Ph 4411 7031
  • Defence Community Centre at Lavarack Barracks
    • Solid Rock Ministries: Meet every Tuesday morning 9:30 am at Lavarack Chapel meeting room
    • Australian Military Wives Townsville Choir: Rehearsals are 1st 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month between 7 pm and 8:30pm at Geckos. Email
Townsville Disaster Management

Mount Isa

  • Mount Isa City Council - All you need to know about living in Mount Isa, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events
Disaster Management

Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts:

Defence postings in the Townsville area

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

Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation that has offered early childhood education and care since 1907. C&K Is currently taking enrolments now for 2015. To enrol visit the Creche and Kindergarten Association website or call us on 1800177092.