To find out about events for ADF families in Melbourne, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.
Community groups & centres
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 info: DSNSG Victoria
The Mactier Community Centre is located in Building 40, Simpson Barracks, Greensborough Road, Macleod.
The Mactier Community Centre runs groups and programs to meet the needs of their membership, with the aim of promoting community engagement and self-confidence. Currently, the Centre facilitates a number of group activities including playgroup, coffee and cake, book group, regular ladies nights, family events, health and wellbeing programs, sewing lessons and more.
A quarterly newsletter, the Simpsons Voice, is available online and the Mactier Community Centre also administer and encourage use of their very active online community.
The Centre is open from Monday – Thursday from 9.15am – 2pm.
The Toy Library is located in the RAAF Defence Community House at 13 Sir Richard Williams Avenue. The Toy Library is open each Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Playgroup meets Friday mornings 0900 to 1200. Please bring a snack for morning tea. For more details join 'raafwilliamsplaygroup' on Facebook.
Open Arms provides counselling and support services to Australia's military community. 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.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608