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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Sale & South-East Victoria


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

Community groups & centres


East Sale Family Group Inc.

The East Sale Family Group Inc (ESFG) was established to enrich defence and local families within the Sale community. Welcoming families into an environment that empowers individuals through shared contacts, interaction and knowledge. We currently offer a number of fabulous groups to facilitate this. Annual membership is $20 per year and includes many wonderful groups, activities and subsidised events. Further details can be found on our Facebook page “East Sale Family Group”

Little Hoots Playgroup - Please bring a piece of fruit to share. See Facebook for details. When: Monday, 9.30 am–11.30am

Coffee Club - Meet some of the other families over a tea/coffee. Venue and times change so please see our Facebook page for details.  Children welcome.  

Stitch & Wine - Spend some time working on any craft you like or participate in planned lessons. Project nights are held regularly for those who need some inspiration. See Facebook for details. Monday, 7 pm

Health and Wellbeing Group - Various programs run throughout the year to help with physical and mental wellbeing, including group personal training(boot camp), yoga, meditation, Pilates and much more. Or if you just need to find a fitness buddy to help you stay motivated, contact our group leader who may know just the right person for you. Join our Facebook closed group to stay updated about activities and register your interest in upcoming programs.

Coffee & Dessert – Come out on a  Friday night  to let off some steam and make some new friends. This is a great chance to get out of the house, take a break from the kids and relax in a friendly environment. Venue and times change so please see our Facebook page for details.

Book Club - If you enjoy reading, critiquing and discussing a good book then book club is the group for you! See Facebook for details. Once a month, 7pm

Photography Group – Learn how to get that perfect shot every time, combines theory and group outings. Contact the group for more details.Every 2nd Tuesday, 7pm

4WD & Outdoor Club – 4wd and outdoor adventures to explore the beautiful area surrounding Sale and greater Victoria. Events are organised throughout the year, you do not require a 4wd to partake, the trips include destinations that can be accessed via main roads for those that just want to explore.

The Umbrella newsletter - The Umbrella newsletter is produced by volunteers and is posted out to local Defence Families twice a year. Please pass on your address details to the ESFG Coordinator or FLO to ensure you receive a copy in your mailbox. The Editor welcomes inclusions that may interest Defence Families, email your contributions or suggestions to

More information: | 03 5146 6171 | Facebook:

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 info: DSNSG Sale

Sale Neighbourhood House

Lots of different people come to the House for lots of different reasons - to volunteer, to work, to play, to learn, to share, to teach, to relax or just to say hello and unwind. The House offers health and wellbeing classes, craft and cooking courses, childcare and many other programs.
Where: 19-23 Leslie Street, Sale 
When: Open Monday to Friday, 9 am–3 pm
More information: 03 5144 5747 

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

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.

Regional info

Getting started

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.

  • Tourism Wellington - Attractions, information, facilities and more for central Gippsland (including Sale)
  • Wellington Shire Council - Events, programs and community and service information for Wellington Shire (to which Sale belongs)

Defence postings in the Sale area

  • RAAF Base East Sale - website has extensive local information available for Defence families, including education and lifestyle information, and entertainment, job opportunities and housing in Sale.

You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

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 03 5146 6819
 Building 751 RAAF Base East Sale VIC 3852

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608