ADF families in regions under bushfire threat are encouraged to ensure they follow emergency services on social media and regular broadcasts on local ABC radio to stay up-to-date with the changing conditions. Families can also download the app ‘Fires near me’ to receive regular updates.
ADF partners, parents and families who need advice, support or connection to local services can call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608. Follow us on social media for regular updates on Defence childcare centres and DCO offices.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester has announced that, from 1 July 2019, all ADF personnel leaving full-time service can access a fully-funded comprehensive health check with a GP every year for the first five years. Your GP can make referrals for additional tests, treatment or assessment, and can refer you to relevant DVA services or programs. For details see the AT-Ease website.
The latest issue of Defence Family Matters for 2019 is out now and on its way to mailboxes around the country!
ADF members and their families from a wide range of backgrounds share stories about resilience, finding a good balance, and making the most of the opportunities created by military life.
Recent changes to the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) eligibility criteria means more ADF partners are being supported in finding work when they post to a new location.
Eligible partners can now apply for up to $1500 funding for employment-related services for up to two years following the member’s post-in date. Partners of members transitioning from Service on medical grounds are also now eligible.
Read more about the changes in the latest issue of DFM.
Current ForceNet users can invite family members over 18 years of age to register through their ForceNet profile page or Defence families can register at http://www.forcenet.gov.au
Our ADF Transition coaches are now supporting members and their families making the transition from the permanent forces for up to 12 months post-transition.
If you’d like to know more about what’s involved, check out the new short animation explaining the process and all the support available for Your Transition
Our area offices hold events for Defence families across Australia.
Welcome events for 2019 have finished - Stay tuned for 2020 welcome event dates