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Support for children’s education

DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children, to smooth the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students.

Regional Education Liaison Officers
In-school Aides and Mentors
Financial education assistance
Regional education information

To access this support or seek education advice, contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608


  • Education support
  • REDLOs
  • In-school Aides and Mentors
  • Education assistance
  • Local education


Support for children’s education

We recognise that some Defence children may experience disruption to the academic and social aspects of their schooling each time they move for a posting. We have a range of services and resources on offer which work to smooth the transition between schools and education systems, and provide support for the unique needs of Defence children.

This support includes:

To access any of these support services or to seek information or advice about Defence children’s education matters, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.




 


Regional Education Liaison Officers

Regional Education Liaison Officers, or REDLOs, are experienced teachers who give education support to Defence families as they move around the country, providing information, advice, referral and specialised assistance.

This includes:

  • informing families about local schools and education systems,working with parents, students and teachers to manage the transition to a new, location and school,
  • linking families with special education providers, resources or support agencies according to their children’s individual needs (including special needs students),
  • working with schools to ensure a supportive educational environment and to raise awareness of issues facing Defence children,
  • informing families about Defence support services available, including financial assistance, and
  • providing information about education for partners of ADF members.

Due to their understanding of both the Defence lifestyle and the different state and territory education systems, REDLOs also advise Defence and key education authorities on the current needs of Defence students.

To contact your nearest REDLO, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.






In-school Defence Aides and Mentors

To minimise the impact of the mobile lifestyle on children’s education, the Defence Community Organisation provides funding for embedded support staff in schools that wish to build capability to support children from military families.

Under the Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) Program in-school Defence Aides and Mentors support Defence students when transitioning from school to school and during times of parental absence. Aides and Mentors help schools, families and children to develop strategies to help families successfully integrate into the school community.

This program is a reflection of the commitment by Defence to support its members and their families and recognises the partnership between education authorities, Defence and schools.

Funding, applications and guidelines

Aides and Mentors are funded annually and allocations are determined by selection criteria that set the support hours and funding for which each successful school is entitled.

Applications for 2017 funding will open on 6 September 2016 and will close on the 23 September 2016.  Successful schools will be advised mid October of the outcome of their application.

If at anytime you would like any information please email the program at DSTA.Program@defence.gov.au.

Download: Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) Program Guidelines 2017–19 [PDF]

Download: Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) Application Form [Word]

In-school support

Defence Aides and Mentors are based within primary and secondary schools across Australia for the purpose of providing support to the children of mobile Defence families.

Aides and Mentors’ activities include:

  • assisting children and families to integrate into the new school and local community,
  • coordinating appropriate welcome and farewell activities,
  • smoothing the transition from school to school and between different education systems (including minimising the impact of relocation on learning outcomes),
  • monitoring the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of Defence students,
  • helping students develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience,
  • referring students to services, or school and community programs that meet their needs,
  • enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools and communities, and
  • providing support to children during times of parental absence.

Find out which primary schools have Aides and which secondary schools have Mentors in place in the tabs below, or contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for more information.

Aides in primary schools

Find your nearest primary school with Aides in place by clicking on your state below or download this primary school support contacts list.

 




ACT

Foundation Schools

School

Area

Contact

Amaroo School

Amaroo

02 6142 1266

Brindabella Christian College

Lyneham

02 6247 46444

Burgmann Anglican School

Gungahlin

02 6255 7700

Canberra Girls Grammar School 

Deakin 

            02 6202 6404

Canberra Grammar School (Boys)

Red Hill

02 6260 9700

Gold Creek School

Nicholls

02 6205 2955 (Primary)
02 6205 1814 (Senior)

Harrison School

Harrison

02 6142 2200

Marist College

Pearce 

02 6298 7200

St Edmunds College

Griffith 

02 6239 0691

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Campbell Primary School

Campbell

02 6205 6300

Good Shepherd Primary School 

Amaroo           

02 6255 7888

Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Nicholls

02 6241 8640

Maribyrnong Primary School

Kaleen 

02 6205 5933

Mother Teresa School   

Harrison

02 6241 5604

Palmerston District Primary School

Palmerston

02 6205 7241

Red Hill Primary School

Red Hill

02 6205 7144

St Thomas More's Primary School

Campbell

02 6249 8869

New South Wales

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Ashtonfield Public School

Ashtonfield

02 4934 3534

Bungendore Public School

Bungendore

02 6238 1317

Forest Hill Public School

Forest Hill

02 6922 7251

Glenmore Park Public School

Glenmore Park 

02 4733 6204

Grahamstown Public School

Raymond Terrace

02 4987 6510

Hammondville Public School

Hammondville              

02 9825 3498      

Holsworthy Public School

Holsworthy       

02 9825 1479

Illaroo Road Public School

North Nowra     

02 4421 0422

Jerrabomberra Public School

Jerrabomberra  

02 6299 8860

Kapooka Public School

Kapooka

02 6931 2703

Kooringal Public School

Kooringal

02 6922 6443

Medowie Christian School

Medowie

02 4981 7177

North Nowra Public School

North Nowra

02 4422 7045

Nowra Hill Public School

Nowra Hill

02 4421 5671

Nowra Public School    

Nowra  

02 4422 0401

Oran Park Public School

Oran Park

02 4632 4651

Richmond Public School

Richmond

02 4578 2027

Rydalmere East Public School             

Ermington

02 9638 2250

Singleton Heights Public School

Singleton Heights

02 6573 1363

Soldiers Point Public School

Soldiers Point

02 4982 7151

South Coogee Public School

South Coogee

02 9349 4000

St Brigid's Parish School

Raymond Terrace

02 4987 2625

St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Holsworthy       

02 9825 3251

St Georges Basin Public School 

Basin View       

02 4443 4251

St Matthew's Primary School           

Windsor

02 4577 3463

St Michael's Catholic Primary School

Nowra

02 4421 3630

St Monica's Primary School

Windsor

02 4588 5405

Thornton Public School

Thornton          

02 4964 1369

Tomaree Public School 

Salamander Bay

02 4981 1444

Vincentia Public School

Vincentia

02 4441 7180

Wattle Grove Public School

Wattle Gove

02 9731 1355

Wirreanda Public School

Medowie          

02 4982 8893

Northern Territory

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Bakewell Primary School

Bakewell

08 8931 0487

Casuarina Street Primary School

Katherine

08 8971 2643

Durack Primary School

Palmerston

08 8935 9259

Holy Spirit Catholic Primary

Wanguri

08 8927 3411

Katherine South Primary School

Katherine

08 8972 1277

Larrakeyah Primary School

Larrakeyah

08 8981 3211

Leanyer PrimarySchool

Leanyer

08 8927 4022

Rosebery Primary School

Rosebery

08 8930 5100

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Woodroffe

08 8924 8700

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Darwin 

08 8981 9796

Stuart Park Primary School

Stuart Park

08 8981 6260

Wanguri Primary School           

Wanguri

08 8927 1655

Queensland

NTH QLD

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Annandale State School           

Annandale

07 4729 5111

Bohlevale State School

Bohlevale

07 4729 3555

Bluewater State School 

Thuringowa

07 4751 2333

Good Shepherd Catholic Community School

Rasmussen      

07 4774 0477

Heatley State School

Heatley

07 4759 5333

Holy Spirit School

Cranbrook

07 4779 4255

Kirwan State School     

Kirwan

07 4799 1888

Mundingburra State School

Hermit Park

07 4759 6444

Oonoonba State School           

Idalia   

07 4799 8333

Southern Cross Catholic College

Annandale

07 4778 3444

St Clare's Catholic School

Burdell 

07 4760 6900

St Therese's Catholic Primary School 

Bentley Park

07 4055 4514

The Willows State School

Kirwan 

07 4799 1333

Weir State School        

Kirwan 

07 4726 1333

SOUTH QLD

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Albany Creek State School

Albany Creek

07 3264 0111

Albany Hills State School

Albany Creek

07 3264 0777

Amberley District State School

Yamanto

07 3280 3111

Augusta State School   

Augustine Heights

07 3814 9666

Brassall State School

Brassall           

07 3813 4333

Bray Park State School 

Bray Park

07 3480 7333

Bounty Boulevard State School 

North Lakes

07 3482 1333

Eatons Hill State School           

Eatons Hill

07 3264 4922

Ferny Grove State School

Ferny Grove

07 3550 5333

Grand Avenue State School

Forest Lake

07 3372 0555

Highfields State School

Highfields

07 4699 6222

Middle Ridge State School

Toowoomba

07 4687 4222

Mitchelton State School

Mitchelton

07 3550 2333

McDowall State School

McDowall

07 3872 5333

Oakleigh State School

Ashgrove

07 3510 2888

Our Lady of Dolours Primary School

Mitchelton

07 3355 7763

Our Lady of the Assumption School

Enoggera

07 3355 2388

Raceview State Primary School

Raceview         

07 3294 4111

Springfield Lakes State School

Springfield Lakes

07 3437 9888

St Mary's Primary School

Ipswich

07 3281 1998

St Andrew's Catholic School

Ferny Grove

07 3351 6366

South Australia

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Golden Grove Primary School

Golden Grove

08 8289 3137

Greenwith Primary School

Greenwith

08 8289 8100

Hewett Primary School

Hewett 

08 8522 1486

Mawson Lakes School  

Mawson Lakes

08 8260 1681

Pedare Christian College

Golden Grove

08 8280 1700

Playford Primary School           

Craigmore

08 8284 3065

St Brigid's Catholic School

Evanston

08 8522 2099

Golden Grove High School

Golden Grove

08 8282 6400

Gleeson College

Golden Grove

08 8282 6600

Trinity College (all campuses)

Evanston South

08 8522 0666

Victoria

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Bandiana Primary School

Bandiana

02 6056 2826

Baranduda Primary School

Baranduda

02 6020 8531

Crib Point Primary School

Crib Point

03 5983 9282

Lumen Christi    Point Cook

Altona

03 9395 2555

Melrose Primary School

Wodonga

02 6059 1955

Puckapunyal Primary School

Puckapunyal

03 5793 1288

Sale Primary School

Sale

03 5144 5545

St Joseph's Crib Point

Crib Point

03 5983 9374

Streeton Primary School

Yallambie

03 9435 6070

Viewbank Primary School

Viewbank

03 9459 1512

Wodonga Primary School

Wodonga

02 6048 0300

Wodonga South Primary School

Wodonga

02 6056 3255

Western Australia

Primary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Arbor Grove Primary School

Ellenbrook

08 9297 9300

Charthouse Primary School

Safety Bay

08 9592 2233

Comet Bay Primary School

Secret Harbour 

08 9553 8100

Endeavour Schools

Port Kennedy

08 9524 5000

Living Waters Lutheran College

Rockingham

08 9593 1211

Makybe Rise Primary School

Baldivis           

08 9523 0709

Malvern Springs Primary School

Ellenbrook

08 6296 5422

Mother Teresa Catholic College

Baldivis

08 9591 7100

Rockingham Beach Primary School

Rockingham

08 9527 1802

Rockingham Lakes Primary School

Port Kennedy

08 9593 9000

Secret Harbour Primary School 

Secret Harbour

08 9524 8100

Settlers Primary School

Baldivis           

08 9523 2335

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

Warnbro

08 9593 4066

Star of the Sea Primary School

Rockingham

08 9553 9500

Swanbourne Primary School

Swanbourne

08 9385 5033

Safety Bay Primary School

Safety Bay

08 9528 3680

Waikiki Primary School

Waikiki 

08 9593 7177

 

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Mentors in secondary schools

Find your nearest secondary school with Mentors in place by clicking on your state below or download this secondary school support contacts list.



ACT

Secondary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Campbell High School

Campbell

02 6142 3166

Gungahlin College        

Gungahlin

02 6142 1000

Merici College  

Braddon

02 6243 4100

St Clare's College

Griffith             

02 6260 9400

St Francis Xavier College

Florey

02 6258 1055

St John Paul II College 

Nicholls

02 6163 4800

St Mary MacKillop College

Wanniassa

02 6209 0100

New South Wales

Secondary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Bomaderry High School

Bomaderry

02 4421 0699

Holsworthy High School           

Holsworthy

02 9825 2888

Kooringal High School  

Kooringal

02 6922 5155

Nowra Anglican College

Nowra  

02 4421 7711

Nowra High School       

Nowra  

02 4421 4977

St John the Evangelist Catholic High School

South Nowra

02 4423 1666

St Phillips Christian College Port Stephens

Salamander Bay           

02 4919 5400

Tomaree High School   

Salamander Bay

02 4981 1444

Vincentia High School

Vincentia

02 4441 6766

Wagga Wagga Christian College

Wagga Wagga 

02 6923 8888

Northern Territory

Secondary

School

Area

Contact

Casuarina Senior College

Moil

08 8983 7300

Darwin Middle School

The Gardens

08 8942 5200

Darwin High School

The Gardens

08 8999 1222

Katherine High School

Katherine

08 89 738 200

St Joseph's Catholic College

Katherine

08 8972 3555

Palmerston Senior College

Driver

08 8935 0222

Rosebery Middle School

Rosebery

08 8930 5200

Palmerston Christian School (Primary & Secondary)

Palmerston

08 8932 3377

Marrara Christian College (Primary, middle & senior)

Palmerston

08 8920 2000

Sattler Christian College (Early Learning, primary & middle)

Palmerston

08 8983 1268

Queensland

NTH QLD

Secondary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Annandale Christian College           

Annandale

07 4725 2082

Calvary Christian College

Mount Louisa

07 4722 9201

Ignatius Park College

Cranbrook

07 4796 0222

Kirwan State High School

Kirwan 

07 4773 1811

Northern Beaches State High School

Deeragun

07 47517111

Redlynch State College

Redlynch

07 4039 9222

Ryan Catholic College

Kirwan

07 4773 0100

St Andrew's Catholic College Redlynch

Redlynch

07 4039 5200

St Anthony's Catholic College

Deeragun

07 4751 7300

Townsville Grammar School

Townsville        

07 4722 4900

William Ross State High School

Annandale

07 4726 7666

SOUTH QLD

Seconday Schools

School

Area

Contact

Albany Creek State High School 

Albany Creek

07 3325 6333

Bremer State High School

Ipswich

07 3810 9333

Ferny Grove State High School 

Ferny Grove

07 3550 5777

Ipswich State High School

Brassall           

07 3813 4488

Mitchelton State High School

Mitchelton        

07 3550 1111

Mt Maria College

Mitchelton

07 3550 3400

St Edmund's College

Ipswich            

07 3810 4400

St Mary's College

Ipswich

07 3432 5444

West Moreton Anglican College

Karrabin

07 3813 4555

South Australia

 

Gleeson Catholic College

Golden Grove

08 8282 6600

 

Golden Grove High School

Golden Grove

08 8282 6400

 

Pedare Christian College

Golden Grove

08 8280 1700

 

Trinity Senior School

Evanston

08 8522 0666

 

 
Victoria

Secondary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Carranballac College – Boardwalk School (P-9)

Point Cook

03 9395 3533

Carranballac College – Jamieson Way School (P-9)

Point Cook       

03 9395 3780

Catholic College Wodonga

Wodonga

03 6043 5500

Gippsland Grammar School

Sale

03 5143 7155

Seymour College

Seymour

03 5771 1300

St Monica's Primary School

Wodonga

02 6024 3151

Victory Lutheran College

Wodonga

02 6057 5859

Viewbank College

Viewbank

03 9458 2811

Western Port Secondary College

Hastings

03 5979 1577

Wodonga Middle Years College

Wodonga

02 6057 9000

Wodonga Senior Secondary College

Wodonga

02 6043 7500

Western Australia

Secondary Schools

School

Area

Contact

Comet Bay College

Secret Harbour

08 9553 8100

Ellenbrook Secondary College

Ellenbrook

08 9297 9700

Kolbe Catholic College

Rockingham     

08 9592 1500

Pilbara Education Regional Office

Karratha

08 9528 3680

Rockingham Senior High School 

Rockingham     

08 9527 0300

Safety Bay Senior High School

Safety Bay

08 9527 0200

Shenton College

Shenton Park

08 9488 2100

Tranby College 

Baldivis           

08 9524 2424

Warnbro Community High School

Warnbro

08 9553 0100


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Financial assistance for children’s education

A range of financial support is available to help minimise disruption to schooling caused by posting. The aim is to provide the student with educational stability or limited interim assistance to help avoid or overcome any immediate difficulties with education or emotional wellbeing as a result of relocating.

Tutoring

We may reimburse fees for tutoring required to fill any gaps in understanding or curriculum caused by changing schools. Students may be entitled to up to 14 weeks of tutoring in any subject that has been identified by the school as representing a gap in learning. This applies to primary and secondary students, within the first 18 months of enrolment at the new school.

Boarding school allowance

You may choose to have your child attend boarding school, so they do not have to relocate with you and disrupt their education. In this instance, where the child is in the critical years of schooling (years 9‑12), you can access financial assistance for the compulsory tuition fees and accommodation costs of the school.

Tertiary accommodation

If your dependant is studying at a tertiary institution, and their chosen course in not available in the new posting location, financial assistance is available for accommodation costs for the dependant to live near or at the tertiary institution. This applies only to full‑time undergraduate students and is capped at a maximum of three years’ assistance.

Students with special needs

Practical assistance is available for special needs students. This includes assessment, therapy, tuition and additional support where students had received these services in

their old location and aren’t able to access them at their new posting. See the section on special needs dependants for more information. Special needs dependants may also be entitled to reimbursement of private schooling costs, if a necessary special program is only available at a non‑government school.

Scholarship loss

If a student has to give up an education scholarship or bursary due to changing schools, we may pay their educational costs to the value of that scholarship.

Reunion travel

If your child is studying at a location distant from your posting, you may access funds towards the child’s travel expenses to come to your location for a reunion. The child must already be receiving education assistance, and will be entitled to one return journey each calendar year.

To apply

To apply, complete the relevant application form, attaching all necessary documentation, and forward it to the relevant email address:
Education Assistance Scheme
Defence Childcare Programs
Dependents with Special Needs Program

For more information about this program, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608, or consult your local REDLO.

You can also find the details and eligibility criteria in the guidelines.

 

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Regional education information

As they relocate around Australia, mobile Defence families may encounter differences in the way states and territories and individual schools deliver education.

Our educational advisory service can provide you with advice and information to help you make informed decisions about education options for your children.

Education advice

Our Regional Education Liaison Officers or REDLO's have detailed knowledge of the local school systems and will be able to give you tailored information and advice about what’s available in your area. Call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 to connect with the REDLO for your region.

 

Further information

For advice about any education issues, contact your local REDLO by calling the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

The My School website is a government-run website which allows you to search and compare almost 10 000 schools across Australia, and includes a find-a-school function, school performance ratings and profiles, and links to school websites.

You can source other information from the state or territory department of education (Click on the State and Territory Education Spreadhseet link about for contact information), including details of:

  • local schools (including specialist schools),
  • government school term dates and public holidays,
  • support for students with special needs,
  • compulsory schooling and school entry ages,
  • state or territory curriculum (note that the Australian Curriculum is being progressively developed and implemented nation-wide), and
  • education and training policies.

However, you should contact individual schools for details of:

  • enrolments,
  • courses and programs on offer,
  • uniform requirements,
  • school fees or levies payable,
  • programs and opportunities for high-achieving students,
  • private school term dates,
  • special needs facilities and programs,
  • distance education options (for students in isolated areas or with special circumstances), and course selection for secondary students, including vocational options and prerequisite subjects for university admission.

 

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