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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Support & family services

Defence Community Organisation (DCO) offers a range of programs and services to help Defence families manage the military lifestyle. DCO has offices in all states and territories with social workers, education, family, community and military liaison staff to help your family transition to civilian life. DCO can provide:

  • support from a social worker
  • help sourcing childcare
  • support from Defence community groups
  • access to family support programs including partner employment, dependants with special needs, and education assistance for children
  • support and resources for families during deployment, family member absence and relocation.

You can call the Defence Family Hotline 1800 624 608 or email

Other veteran support organisations

There are many community organisations you can contact for additional support when you transition.

Defence Families of Australia promotes quality of life for all Defence families by providing a forum for their views and reporting to government on issues that affect ADF families.

Council on the Ageing is the peak national organisation representing the rights, needs and interests of older Australians.

If you need family, civil or criminal legal support, you can access Legal Aid. The service is available in each state and territory.

Carers' Australia is the national peak body representing Australias' carers.