Are you the partner or parent of a permanent ADF member or a permanent member looking after dependants on your own?
The 2017 ADF Families Survey is an opportunity for you to tell Defence about your experiences. The focus of the survey this year is on partner employment and support services for ADF members and their families.
Take part and complete the survey from 1 March to 31 March 2017. Read More
DCO's Welcome events are a great opportunity for newly posted Defence members and their families to meet each other and get to know more about the services and suppor in their local area. Check out the Events calendar for this year's welcome event in your area. Read More
This issue features how members and their families manage the challenges of postings, and life after leaving Defence.
We've also found some hidden gems around the country to give those posting into the area a head start. Read More
Launched on 17 November, the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program aims to make it easier for businesses to recruit former Defence personnel and for industry to reap the benefits of their skills and professional expertise. Read More
A new policy that recognises the wide range of relationships and family structures in contemporary Australia went live on 1 July.
The new policy aligns the process for recognising members in married, state/territory-registered and de-facto relationships. It also recognises foster children under long-term or permanent care orders. Read More
Throughout 2016 and into early 2017, DCO will run a pilot individual case management service for childcare placement to help Defence families who face difficulties sourcing childcare.. Read More
We look forward to seeing you at a welcome event in 2017!
Welcome events are a great opportunity for Defence families to get to know their local area. They are always relaxed social occasions during which Defence families can meet each other and get to know more about the services and supports in their local area.
Some welcome events are low key – a coffee catch-up or craft day – while others are full-scale tradeshows with community stalls, local government representatives, ADF equipment displays and live entertainment.
Either way, DCO’s welcome events help our families build community and social networks, gain information about Defence and community-based services, and enjoy a day out with the family.
Although welcome events focus on new families posting into the area, they are open to all ADF members and their families.