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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608



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

Mailing List

To receive updates from the team at DCO North Queensland about upcoming programs, events and our quarterly newsletter please register to our Mailing List: DCO NQ Mailing List Registration Form.

Community groups & centres


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 Cairns

Little Diggers Community Centre 

Little Diggers Community Centre (LDCC) in Cairns is a Defence-sponsored community group that aims to help Defence families feel confident, resilient and connected in Cairns. LDCC welcomes Defence and non-Defence families from all over Cairns, making it a great place to meet other local families, make new friends and catch up with some old friends.

Our regular office hours are: 

Playgroup at Brinsmead Community Centre - Loridan Drive, Brinsmead (Opposite IGA complex)
Tuesday - 9am to 10.30am.
Thursday - 11am to 12.30pm 
Friday - 9am to 10.30am & 11am to 12.30pm
$3/family and a piece of fruit to share.

Bellies & Bubs - Thursday - 9am to 11am
$2/family. Tea and coffee provided.
We also run workshops, courses and additional activities. 

Facebook: Little Digger Community Centre Inc
More information: | 0498 505 494

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.
What: My Space runs DF Enable, a new program designed to meet the specific requirements of eligible families caring for a child with special needs. Our caring support workers offer fun and supportive activities and respite services for Defence families.

When: Up to three hours per week during Defence force deployments How much: Free to eligible families.
Contact: Lyndsey Kotsch on 4031 0123

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.

  • Cairns Regional Council - All you need to know about living in Cairns, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events
  • Cairns Residents Guide - Cairns Regional Council's guide for new residents to living in the Cairns region, Queensland Australia
  • Community Services Directory - Council has provided this searchable directory which gives up-to-date listings of organisations providing services to the community throughout the Cairns region
  • Sport and Recreation - Council plans, builds and manages public land, sports fields and recreation facilities to support local communities and clubs.
  • Cairns Regional Tourism Information

Disaster Management

State Emergency Service: 132 500
Ergon Energy Emergencies: 13 16 70 or 000

Cairns Services 

  • Department of Transport : Corner Owen & Kenny Close, Cairns - or: Bentley Village Shopping Centre, 96 McLaughlin Rd Bentley Park Phone: 13 23 90
  • Ergon Energy: Connections: 13 10 46 - Emergencies: 13 16 70 (000) -  Faults: 13 22 96

Weipa and Scherger Regional Information

Thursday Island Regional Information

Defence postings in Cairns and Far North Queensland

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

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 07 4053 9300
 4/97 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD 4870

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608