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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Darwin

Including Palmerston, Alice Springs and Gove

Events

To find out about events for ADF families in Darwin, visit our Eventbrite page . You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.

Mailing list

To receive updates from the team at DCO Northern Territory about upcoming activities and events, and our quarterly newsletter, send an email to: DCO.darwin@defence.gov.au

COVID-19 Resources

With the internet and social media flooded with a range of COVID-19 information and advice, it’s important to make sure the information you’re seeking comes from an official source. To help you, we’ve put together a list of official websites where families can get up-to-date information about a range of COVID issues like travel restrictions and border closures, non-essential travel and fines, testing locations, school arrangements, jobs and business information.

If you are looking for national information and contacts about COVID-19, see the Coronavirus tab on our Emergency and Crisis webpage.

We have also developed a Coronavirus Advice webpage which has a range of information and resources about wellbeing, tips to manage in isolation, how to support kids, maintaining healthy relationships and information about reunion leave arrangements.

For more mental health and wellbeing information and resources see our Health and Wellbeing webpage.

Information about Defence’s involvement in the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including live blog updates can be found at the Defence response to COVID-19.

We’ve also put together some other educational resources that may help families with children during COVID-19 restrictions.

News

Aircraft noise - Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.

Community groups & centres

Darwin

Community group facilities are currently closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but you can still get involved with their online activities and virtual catch-ups. If you want to get in touch with a community group in your area, follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs.

More information: DSNSG Darwin | Facebook

The Top Ender Magazine

The Top Ender is a free Defence magazine produced bi-monthly by three paid staff and a group of volunteers - our Top Ender committee. We are a non-profit organisation, partially funded by the Family Support Funding Program and administered by the Defence Community Organisation (DCO).

The Top Ender Magazine has a distribution of approximately 3500 Defence families, members, units, libraries and schools in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and surrounding areas. The printed publication is received directly by Defence families at their home, for the duration of their posting in the Northern Territory.

The publication informs Defence families of events in the Defence community including local events and provides contact information for community groups and commercial businesses. It also contains information regarding Darwin and the NT and supporting businesses and provides entertainment options, fosters community spirit and alleviates isolation. We also call on our readers to join us for 'stuffing day' where we come together over morning tea and organise our printed magazines for distribution. Stuffing Day is a wonderful community experience!

More information: 0419 274 735 or admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au | Facebook

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 | email amwc.coordinator@gmail.com | Facebook

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House is a community group supported by DCO’s Family Support Funding Program. They provide a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services for Defence partners and their families. DCO funded groups are a great way to get involved in your local community. They also have equipment and nursery items for hire. To find out more about their online activities, follow them on Facebook

Where: 20 Stevens Terrace, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct

More information: larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com | 0447 586 591 | Facebook

Palmerston

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs.

More information: DSNSG Palmerston | Facebook

Robertson Barracks Family Group

Robertson Barracks Family Group (RBFG) is a community group supported by DCO’s Family Support Funding Program. They provide a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services for Defence spouses and their families. DCO funded groups are a great way to get involved in your local community. Follow them on Facebook to see the online activities they are holding.

Location: Adjacent Lone Pine Chapel, Robertson Barracks.

More information: robertsonbarracksfamilygroup@gmail.com | 0490 151 944 | Facebook

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

Open Arms continues to provide 24/7 counselling and support services to Australia's military community during COVID-19. If you have served one day of continuous full-time service in the ADF you can call them for support. They also support families, reservists and some peacekeepers. Call Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for free, confidential counselling and group programs to support mental health and wellbeing.

 

Regional info

Welcome to the Territory

Undoubtedly one of the best things about being a Territorian is the lifestyle. Whether you’re into sports, dining out, fishing, the arts or wildlife, the Northern Territory has something for you.

Getting started

The following resources and websites provide a good over view of some of the local information and services available.

  • NT: Share our story - Explore the regions of the Northern Territory, and find upcoming events, things to do and must-know information.
  • The Territory - An excellent at-a-glance resource to familiarise you with living, working and exploring in the Northern Territory.

Darwin

  • City of Darwin - A wealth of information about every aspect of Darwin living.

Palmerston

  • City of Palmerston - Community services, recreation and essential information about living in Palmerston.

Alice Springs

  • Alice Springs Town Council - A variety of useful information for Alice Springs including a community calendar and information on climate, environment and services available.

Gove Peninsula

  • Gove Online - Information and insights into life at Gove, including a community noticeboard.

Defence postings in the Darwin, Palmerston, Gove and Alice Springs

Darwin Family Day Care

Darwin Family Day Care has many day care positions reserved for Defence families throughout the Darwin area. Call 08 8945 0600 | email info@tccg.org.au

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Contacts

Darwin
 08 8935 7900
 3 Tybell Street, Winnellie NT 0820

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608