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19 November - Christmas Party
Join DCO SA for an afternoon of fun and excitement at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre with a visit from Santa Claus in the afternoon.
Where: Adelaide Aquatic Centre
When: Saturday 19 November from 12.30pm
RSVP: is essential to DCO.SouthAustralia@defence.gov.au by the 14 November, including the names and ages of those attending.
More info: Download flyer
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
North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC)
The North East Defence Community Inc. (NEDC) is a tri-service group based at RAAF Base Edinburgh – we organise events and activities to help Defence families & couples develop a support network. It’s all about making new friends and enjoying Defence life in Adelaide.
Where: RAAF Base Edinburgh
Our regular sessions include:
For ages 0-5. There are plenty of toys, role play equipment, educational activities, playpen area, nursery items and a great outdoor play area with playground & sand pit.
When: Wednesday and Friday, 9.30 am–12 noon during school term
Held every two months on Saturday or Sunday. Involves a BBQ at the Community Centre or a day trip somewhere fun in Adelaide.
Movies and dinner, happy hour drinks, theatre evenings, cooking classes, etc.
When: One Friday evening every two months.
SPOUSE SUPPORT SESSIONS
Presentation on topics relating to Defence family life such as coping with deployments, parenting and first aid training.
When: Every fourth Thursday of the month, alternating between daytime and evening.
C3 GROUP – CRAFT, COFFEE AND CHAT
No crafting experience necessary – learn something fun or a new skill, or just have a good natter.
When: Every third Thursday of the month
Visiting different play-cafés around Adelaide.
When: Every second Thursday of the month, 10 am–1 pm
In addition, the centre offers various school holiday activities, family camping weekends, crèche days, a library and equipment for hire.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lizz on 0435 047 437 . The NEDC also has a Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/nedcfamily
Woodside Defence Families Association (WDFA)
The Woodside Defence Families Association provides support to Defence families in many ways, offering a variety of activities, events, information and support. Our association welcomes new and current unit members and their families to the Adelaide Hills area.
We work closely with the Unit, RHQ and the Padre to provide information and support for everyone. We encourage partners and families to be part of the association by visiting our Playgroup and Community Centre buildings or following us on Facebook.
Activities and events include:
Morning Tea and Playgroup
Each Monday and Wednesday [except public holidays or Christmas time] from 9.30 onwards, usually concluding at lunchtime. Opportunity to socialise with members and for children to participate in craft and play activities. There are loads of toys, books, play equipment and puzzles.
We have a different craft activity for the children each week. We have a wonderful undercover playground area and a range of outdoor toys. There is a cubby house and sports equipment as well. There is a verandah with comfortable furniture and BBQ facilities. Children of all ages are welcome and we have facilities for even the little ones, including high chairs, bouncers and a cosy baby space.
Monthly Social Events
We organise a range a range of events to suit everyone. See our Facebook page for what is coming up. These include family BBQs, lunches at local places of interest, movie nights, excursions to children friendly venues, sporting and fitness activities, local community volunteer work, craft group, book club, information sessions.
Special Occasion Events
Easter, Anzac Day and Christmas are celebrated with special events by the WDFA.
Where: Buildings 125/126 Woodside Army Barracks
More information: Call the WDFA on 0467 805 707 or DCO SA on 08 8305 6231. You can also email email@example.com, visit www.woodsidedefencefamilies.com.au or look us up on Facebook.
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.
For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
- Government of South Australia - Lots of excellent information about services like transport, health, emergency and recreation.
- Welcome to South Australia - Extensive regional information and a guide to what’s on, attractions and things to do across South Australia.
- SA Community -
A great searchable database of community resources.
Resident packs are available from council offices in your new location, containing details of many community facilities of interest. Contact your local DCO office for more information.
- Welcome to Port Wakefield - Community and services information for Port Wakefield, a coastal town located about 100 km north of Adelaide and home to the Proof and Experimental Establishment.
- Wakefield Regional Council -
Extensive local information for Port Wakefield.
- Adelaide Hills Council -
Local information for Adelaide Hills, including Woodside.
Defence postings in Adelaide and surrounds
- Keswick Barracks
- RAAF Base Edinburgh / Edinburgh Defence Precinct
- Warradale Barracks.
- Joint Proof and Experimental Establishment (Port Wakefield)
- Woodside Barracks (Woodside).
DCO Office Adelaide
Phone: 08 8305 6231 (Note: this is NOT a contact number for Keswick Barracks and staff are unable to transfer your call.
Please call 1300 333 362 if you wish to contact Keswick Barracks.
Fax: 08 8305 6122
Location: Building 60, Keswick Barracks, Keswick SA 5035
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG ADELAIDE
Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
Schools and education
For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.
You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.
Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.
Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the government-run Childcare Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.
Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.