Defence Community Organisation is hosting welcome events for members and their families posting to new locations around Australia in 2018.
The events are a great opportunity for families to get to know their new area, meet other ADF families and find out about the support services available in their region. Find out more about events in your area.
The December 2017 issue of DFM is out! This issue features how Defence partners are handling life’s challenges, managing careers and engaging with their community.
We hear from Alex Whitton who is forging his dream career despite his disability and the challenges his family have faced from posting to posting. We’ve also got stories from recent events held around the country. Read More
If you’re on social media, it’s your responsibility to review your privacy and security settings, and be aware of each social media platform’s lawful use and community standards.
As a Defence family member, you need to also be mindful of operational security and what you need to do to protect your family and your ADF member.
With many Defence families online, we’ve put together some tips for safer social media use. Read more.
The results of the 2017 ADF Families Survey are out now!
Overall, 4649 members and their families took part and shared their experiences of military life and their views on current support services. Read More
Defence families can now access an individual case management service to help them find childcare when they move to a new area or change their work or care arrangements.
Following our successful trial, the initiative is now available as an ongoing service. Read More
Engage connects you to free information and assistance from a wide range of Government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, charities and other service providers.
Visit the Engage website to see what's available in your area.
Members can now apply for, and have advances deposited into their bank account, once Rental Allowance eligibility has been confirmed by Defence Housing Australia.
This means ADF families will now have the funds readily available to secure properties and members will no longer need to wait until arriving in a new location before applying. Read more on the DHA website.
Members leaving the military will now get individual career coaching as Defence implements changes to its transition support services.
From July 2017, members will be offered tailored career coaching services during transition and up to 12 months afterwards. They will also have all appropriate documentation available by the time they leave Defence.
Families are encouraged to attend meetings with ADF Transition Support Services and information sessions. Read More
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.