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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Current grant recipients


Current grant recipients
Recipient Services provided
ACT Playgroups Association (Jerrabomberra Playgroup)

Jerrabomberra Playgroup provides an early learning facility for young children (aged 0-5 years) and their parents/carers. They also offer an avenue for new friendships, support and social interaction. The children participate in activities and social situations to assist in their growth and development.

Contact: ACT Playgroups Association - Facebook

Amberley Defence Communities

Amberley Defence Communities support Defence personnel and their families through regular activities and provide continued support for the unique challenges faced by members of the Defence community.

Contact: Amberley Defence Communities website

Anklebiters Playgroup

The playgroup provides a centre for children to play, information for parents, craft groups and infant support.

Contact: Anklebiters Playgroup - Facebook

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation delivers respite and education programs for Defence children who have parent/s with a mental illness, including PTSD.

Contact: | Kookaburra Kids website | Kookaburra Kids - Facebook

Australian Military Wives Choir

The choir was established in Canberra in 2012 and members are keen to help women start their own choirs in other locations. In Canberra, the choir meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Contact: | Australian Military Wives Choir website

Bandiana Neighbourhood House

Bandiana Neighbourhood House is located in Gaza Ridge Barracks and offers a variety of activities including playgroup, craft interest groups, childcare, health and wellbeing courses, social activities and support programs.

Contact: Bandiana Neighbourhood House - Facebook

Baranduda Community Centre

Baranduda Community Centre provides a variety of educational, recreational, leisure, cultural, social and community support programs in Wodonga. Their programs include support to ADF children to provide life skills and develop and foster healthy relationships.

Contact: Baranduda Community Centre website | | Baranduda Community Centre - Facebook

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Australia

Big Brothers Big Sisters provide programs and mentoring to support vulnerable Defence children in the North Brisbane area.

Contact: 1300 463 686 | Big Brothers Big Sisters website |

Billeroy Community Centre

The Billeroy Community Centre at Larrakeyah Barracks have playgroup, coffee mornings , youth zone, craft and fitness groups as well as family dinners. The Centre welcomes all Defence families, both ADF and civilian.

Contact: Billeroy Community Centre website

Cerberus Cottage Family & Friends Inc.

Cerberus Cottage supports the running of the centre and events and activities for Defence families posted to HMAS Cerberus.

Contact: Cerberus Cottage - web

Defence Richmond Family Centre

The Defence Richmond Family Centre at RAAF Base Richmond offers support to ADF families through a range of social and educational activities such as playgroup, sewing and crafts and first aid courses.

Contact: Defence Richmond Family Centre website | | Defence Richmond Family Centre - Facebook

Dowsing Point Community Centre

Dowsing Point Community Centre is located at Derwent Barracks and offers a variety of activities including playgroup, craft interest groups, childcare, health and wellbeing courses, social activities and support programs.

Contact: Dowsing Point Community Centre - Facebook

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group supports the delivery of family support services including peer support, information assistance and advocacy to Defence families with special needs.

Contact: Defence Special Needs Support Group - Web

Duntroon Community Centre

Duntroon Community Centre’s support services to Defence families in the Canberra region include playgroups and playschool programs, crafting clubs, babysitting and walking groups, a library, and self-development courses.

Contact: Duntroon Community Centre website | | Duntroon Community Centre - Facebook | 026265 9411

East Sale Family Group

East Sale Family Group provides a craft group, playgroup, book club, and youth group, and publishes a bimonthly newsletter.

Contact: East Sale Family Group - Facebook

Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre

Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre holds events and activities including Playgroup, Mums and Bubs and Craft for Defence families located at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.



Provides mental wellbeing programs supporting ADF children with individual capacity building and emotional resilience.

Contact: 1800 558 268 | Grow website | | Grow - Facebook

Gungahlin Defence Families Playgroup

The group runs a different craft activity for the kids every week, lots of indoor and outdoor toys, a cubby house, a video, DVD and book library to borrow from, and a morning tea for the mums and dads.


Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism Inc

The Defence Families Community Employment project will partner with Experience Works North Queensland to offer Defence families’ strength based programs that optimise employment prospects and business development solutions in the region.

Contact: Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce website

Holsworthy Family Group

Providing Defence families living in the Liverpool region west of Sydney with access to a playgroup, craft sessions and a toy library, the Holsworthy Family Group is a point of contact, a resource centre, and social place to meet and make new friends from the Defence and wider civilian communities.

Contact: Holsworthy Family Group - Facebook

JobQuest - Penrith Skills

JobQuest supports a young leaders project designed to support Defence families in the Port Stephens and Williamtown areas, focusing on building leadership skills, employability skills and community connections for high school aged students and their families.

Contact: JobQuest - Penrith Skills website

Kapooka Neighbourhood House

Kapooka Neighbourhood House supports the ongoing delivery of services to ADF families in the Kapooka region. Specifically, the organisation provides self development courses; playgroup and craft group activities.

Contact: Kapooka Neighbourhood House - Facebook

Karrakatta Community House (KCH)

Located at Irwin Barracks, the centre provides Defence and civilian families with resources and links to their community. Regular activities include craft classes, a kids club and playgroups. Call: 08 9385 0554


Kissingpoint Cottage

Located at Dundas in Sydney, Kissingpoint Cottage runs adult educational programs, a playgroup, craft sessions and can provide a range of community information to Defence families in the region.

Contact: Kissingpoint Cottage - Facebook

La Luna Youth Arts

For ADF families in the Townsville area, La Luna Youth Arts provides a range of activities and classes such as drama, circus and visual arts. Their programs cater for children from the age of 4, right through to adults. The classes help build confidence and resilience for times when their parents/carers are deployed.

Contact: 07 4773 6377 | La Luna Youth Arts website | | La Luna Youth Arts - Facebook

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House (LNH) provides support programs to tri-service families in Darwin.

Contact: 08 8935 5498

Little Diggers Community Centre

The community centre provides a range of weekly activities for both Defence and non-Defence families in Cairns. Programs include playgroup, bellies and bubs and a range of workshops including first aid, cooking and self-defence sessions.

Contact: 07 4053 9305 | | Little Diggers Community Centre - website

Mactier Community Centre

Mactier Community Centre provides playgroups, craft, sporting activities, a website, and publishes a local newsletter.

Contact: Mactier Community Centre - Facebook

Marilla House Community Centre

Supports the ongoing delivery of services to ADF families. The organisation provides various weekly playgroups, parenting sessions and support programs.

Contact: Marilla House Community Centre website

My Space Inc.

My Space supports young people and their families who are affected by a disability or mental health disorder. My Space will run a pilot project for Defence families in Cairns who have dependants with additional needs.


Necana Association

Necana Association is located in Wodonga and offers the Necana Magazine, the Pac a Picnic program, coffee club, teen’s program and community information and family fun days.

Contact: Necana Association - Website

Network Tindal

Network Tindal currently facilitates a number of community events throughout the year ranging from community fairs, school holiday activities, and programs for adults and children.

Contact: Network Tindal - Facebook

North East Defence Community

The North East Defence Community offers playgroups, school holiday activities, youth groups, a library and a monthly newsletter for Defence families in South Australia.


Playgroups QLD

For ADF families in the Canungra area, Playgroups QLD provides a children’s program involving storytelling, healthy eating and physical play activities.

Contact: 1800 171 882 | Playgroups QLD - website

Pilbara Regiment Family Group Inc

The Pilbara Regiment Family Group provides social networks, events and education for Defence families posted to the Pilbara Region. The group supports Defence families at all six Depots of the Regiment from Port Hedland to Carnarvon in Western Australia and from the coast to the border with the Northern Territory.


Power Community Ltd

Power partners with Power to be Positive, a group of child psychologists to deliver the program with a focus on positive thinking, positive mental health and resilience. Power targets primary schools that have a large number of Defence families enrolled at their schools.

Contact: Power Community Ltd - website

Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre Inc

The centre connects Defence families with one another and the wider community through numerous programs and activities. This includes a range of children’s programs such as dance, Tumble Tots and Story Time. The centre has a fitness program including Zumba, tennis and bootcamp. There’s also a coffee club, craft group, mums and bubs, school holiday activities and several social events throughout the year. 

Contact: | (03) 5735 7719

Puckapunyal Kindergarten Association Incorporated

The association provides kindergarten programs for Defence families based at Puckapunyal. Families from the wider community also access the program. The kindergarten runs a program for four-year-olds (15 hrs per week) and a program for three-year-olds (one or two three-hour sessions per week). 

Contact: | 03 5735 7699

Remembrance Foundation— Modern Soldier Social Media

Supports the publication, illustration and release of children’s books in relation to the unique experiences of military life that will help military children through the tough times when family members are deployed.


Robertson Barracks Family Group

Robertson Barracks Family Group offers weekly playgroups, coffee mornings; youth get-togethers, book club, personal wellbeing programs and social activities.

Contact: Robertson Barracks Family Group - Facebook

Shoalhaven Defence Families Association

Supports families of Defence personnel in the Shoalhaven area (HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell). Activities run at the house include Albatross playtime, scrapbooking, craft mornings, training and development courses and Families day.

Contact: Shoalhaven Defence Families Association - website

Singleton PCYC

Provides health and wellbeing programs to support ADF partners.

Contact: Singleton PCYC website | | Singleton PCYC - Facebook

Solid Rock

Solid Rock delivers support and pastoral care services to the partners of tri-service ADF members.


Special Air Service Regiment Auxiliary

A community group to support members and families of the SASR.

Contact: 08 9285 6666

The RANCH (RAAF, Army, Navy, Community House)

The Ranch supports the tri-service community group provide events and support to the Wagga community.

Contact: The Ranch website

Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association

Toowoomba Defence Family Support Association’s support services to Defence families include playgroups, craft activities, workshops for children and adults, and a media library.

Contact: Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association - Facebook

Top Ender Tri-Service Magazine

The Top Ender magazine is produced bi-monthly and is delivered to Defence households throughout Darwin, Katherine and surrounds. The magazine provides local and Defence related information, news and events to those new to the posting locality.

Contact: Top Ender website

Williamtown Playgroup

Williamtown Playgroup provides an interactive learning space for children from newborn to five years of age.

Contact: Williamtown Playgroup - website

Williamtown Pre School Inc

Williamtown Preschool caters for children aged 3-5 years and is open to both Defence and civilian families.

Contact: Williamtown Pre School - website |

Woodside Defence Families Association

Through the Woodside Defence Families Association Defence families in South Australia can access a playgroup, book club, craft groups and courses.

Contact: Woodside Defence Families Association website | Woodside Defence Families Association - Facebook

YWCA of South Australia

The organisation supports the delivery of mentoring programs through four different camps aimed at different ages and personal development programs for Defence teenagers.

Contact: | YWCA of South Australia website