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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Darling Downs


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Community groups & centres

Darling Downs

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 Facebook

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 Darling Downs

Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association Inc.

TDFSA is a Community House and Playgroup providing a range of services and activities for all Defence families and civilian families. Membership to the Centre is $10 per annum which provides activities such as playgroup, coffee Club, craft, dinner dates, book club, borrowing library, regular family events, fundraising and much more.

TDFSA provide support, fun and friendship for all ages. The air conditioned centre has a toy room, fully equipped kitchen, baby changing facilities and a lounge area. Outdoor facilities include a sandpit, swings, slide, climbing gym, bike track, mud kitchen and plenty of equipment and toys for the kids to enjoy.

TDFSA run a range of regular activities including:

  • Tuesdays: 9.30am Coffee Club (various cafés around town) - Bring a friend and come along for a coffee and a chat while you meet new people. Children are welcome.
  • Wednesdays: 9.30am - 11.30am Dinomites Playgroup
  • Thursdays: 9.30am Kiddies Troup (Adults can join us for a fitness session while the Kiddies Troup is on)
  • Fridays: Craft and coffee (9:30–11:30 am) - There's a range of craft classes from mosaic, cupcake decorating, knitting, crochet, sewing and cooking.

If you’re a family with or without kids, everyone is welcome. Remember to bring along a hat and some morning tea for your little one. Tea and coffee provided. Cost is $3 per family.

The Community House is open as a drop-in facility Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30am–1.00pm. Come and view the services and facilities first hand, enjoy a cup of coffee or borrow a book from our library.

Where: Corner O’Quinn and Anzac Ave, Toowoomba
Coordinator contact: | 0407 241 283
Facebook: TDFSA Facebook
Instagram: tdfsa_community

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 Darling Downs and Toowoomba

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

Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation that has offered early childhood education and care since 1907. C&K Is currently taking enrolments now for 2015. To enrol visit the Creche and Kindergarten Association website or call us on 1800177092.

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Darling Downs
 07 4631 4470
 25/49 RQR, O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba QLD 43500

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608