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For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Amberley & Ipswich


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Community groups & centres


Amberley Playgroup

Amberley Playgroup currently meets twice a week on a Wednesday & Friday, 9.00—11:30. The first session is free, then $2 per day.

Where:  25 Goddard’s Road Yamanto. Located at the rear of Citipointe Church.

Further information:  Amberley Playgroup - Facebook 

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.

Kookaburra Kids Head Office
PO BOX 681 Gymea 2227
(02) 9525 7474

Website: Kookaburra Kids website
Facebook: Kookaburra Kids

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 Amberley

Little Blessings Toy Library

Where: 332 Ripley Rd Flinders View (Ipswich Community Church)
When: Open first and third Monday and Saturday of the month, 9 am–10.30 am (excluding school holidays and public holidays)
More information: 0448 617 990 |

Amberley Defence Communities Inc

Amberley Defence Communities (ADC) is a group of Defence spouses and members, who aim to help families integrate into the community and offer opportunities to meet other Defence families.

They aim to help by offering opportunities to expand social and professional networks by hosting family fun days, coffee mornings, partners dinners, playgroups and events throughout the year.

Where: Citipointe Church 25 Goddards Road Yamanto

DENNKS - Defence Empty Nesters No Kids

A social group for members Single, MWDU, and have no children, meet once a month at various locations and events around the Ipswich region.

More information: Owen 0425 376 550 | Donna 0413 457 867

New Residents Orientation Tours

Ipswich City Council is conducting free orientation tours for new residents in the City of Ipswich.

Moving into a new area is very exciting, and to help you settle in, Ipswich City Council would like to invite you and other members of your family to join us on an orientation tour of Ipswich.

During the bus tour we will point out some of the great attractions and facilities of our City and tell you about  the developments being planned for our rapidly growing population.
Tour times: The tours will depart from the Council car park, 45 Roderick St, Ipswich at 10am and return 12.30pm. Parking is free.
Bookings: bookings for the tours are essential. To make a booking Tel: 07 3281 0555 at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.

DSNSG Volunteer Sought for Amberley Area

Do you like to help people? Do you like to meet new people? The Defence Special Needs Support Group is seeking volunteer for Amberley local Coordinator position. You don’t have to have special needs in your family to be a DSNSG volunteer Coordinator, just a willingness to help your fellow Defence families by putting on a coffee morning now and then, linking into local services and supports and occasionally organising a family day. Coordinator training is provided.

For further information please contact National Coordinator Kim Collins on 1800 037 674 or email

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.

Aircraft noise

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


  • Ipswich City Council - Find a whole range of useful information, including the latest Ipswich news, local attractions and services, and community directories.
  • Discover Ipswich - Discover all Ipswich has to offer from art galleries and markets to parks and gardens, as well as a wide range of events and activities for all the family.
  • Ipswich First
  • The Workshops

Defence postings in the Amberley and Ipswich area

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