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For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608



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Community groups & centres


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.

Where: Kookaburra Kids Head Office, PO BOX 681, Gymea 2227
More info: Kookaburra Kids website, Kookaburra Kids Facebook, phone 02 9525 7474

Australian Military Wives Choir, Canberra

The Australian Military Wives Choir, Canberra is a choir for women who support Military personnel in the Canberra region. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word wives, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother.

Where: Duntroon Chapel
When: First, Third and fifth Thursday evening each month from 7pm
More info: Email, AMWC Facebook | AMWC website

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group provides support, information and assistance to Defence families across Australia. The Canberra coordinator is Claire MacFarlane-Rowles.

More info: Email or, DSNSG Canberra website

Duntroon Community Centre

Duntroon Community Centre, Gymkhana Road, RMC Duntroon, ACT

Opened originally in 1981, the Duntroon Community Centre (DCC) has always offered Defence families a place to go for companionship and support. Moving to their current location in July 2003, the DCC is a fabulous facility (located on the grounds of RMC Duntroon) which offers a diverse array of programs and activities, available to both military (all services) and civilian families.

Examples of DCC groups and activities include:

  • a licensed 3 year old Playschool, offering a play based, child centred program in a caring and nurturing environment supported by a qualified teacher and assistant,
  • playgroups
  • craft groups (including a quilting machine)
  • activities to celebrate events such as Christmas and Childrens Week
  • evening bookclub,
  • kids’ art classes, and
  • hire facilities

More info: Visit Duntroon Community Centre website for details on how to become an annual member and to find out more abut what the centre has to offer.

Gungahlin Defence Families Playgroup

The playgroup has 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 delicious morning tea for the mums and dads. BYO morning tea for the kids. If your children are 0-5 years old bring them along to meet some new friends. 

Activities are held throughout the year including visits to Kidcity, Questacon, and CSIRO, visits from Action Buses, Fire and Police representatives and, of course, the Christmas party! 
The Playgroup is run by an enthusiastic Committee who are happy to accept contributions from our members. Membership to the ACT Playgroups Association is mandatory and costs $35 per annum. GDFP charge $4 per family per week that goes towards the ongoing costs of the Playgroup (tea and coffee facilities etc.)

Where: Community House (next to Gold Creek Primary School), Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls, ACT
When: Every Thursday 9.30am-11.30am
Welcome: Parents and children
More info: President/Coordinator 0491 279 816, email

Solid Rock Ministries

Solid Rock Ministries is a group that provides support and encouragement for Christian Defence spouses and serving members, but all are welcome. They meet every Monday morning during school terms and also meet for other events, such as dinners, and host an annual retreat.

When: Weekly on Monday mornings 10:00-11:30am and fortnightly Monday evenings 7:00-9:30pm
Where: Soild Rock Community Centre, Parkinson Street, Weston
More info: If you would like to make contact first, or have any questions, please email Julianne McMaster at or visit the Solid Rock Defence Facebook page

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.

Defence postings in Canberra

  • HMAS Harman
  • Defence Establishment Fairbairn
  • Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC)


Department of Defence offices are scattered throughout Canberra including Russell, Campbell Park, Brindabella Park and Deakin.

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 Ground Floor, 8 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT 2600

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