Including Singleton, Tamworth, Williamtown, Port Stephens, Maitland and Newcastle
To find out about events for ADF families in Hunter, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.
The Air Force Association publishes the Welcome to Williamtown handbook, which is available on their website.
To receive updates from the team at DCO Hunter about upcoming programs, events and our monthly newsletter please register by emailing DCO.HunterRIMS@defence.gov.au to request the mailing list registration form.
DCO has established an individual case management service which is being offered to all Defence families to help them source alternative childcare options. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing appropriate childcare, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.
Community groups & centres
An informal group of Defence partners located in the Maitland area. The group aims to provide a support network for Defence families in the area. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator via their Facebook page.
Facebook: Defence Families Maitland
Newcastle Buddies is a group for Defence partners and families who reside in the Newcastle area. The group provides support and can assist you to make new friends.
Defence Mums, Dads, babies and children of any age welcome! We have weekly indoor activities set up and an outdoor playground. Many toys and things to keep the kids busy while you have the chance to get to know other Defence families.
Bring a $2.00 donation per child (or $4.00 for a family) and a piece of fruit to share.
Where: Community Hall, Lone Pine Barracks, Singleton
When: Every Tuesday from 9.30am to 12.00pm (including school holidays)
More info: email@example.com | Facebook: Singleton Little Diggers Playgroup
A support group for Defence partners located in the Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Williamtown areas. Everyone is made to feel welcome in a supportive environment.
More information: Kay Elliott on 0419227681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook: Terrace Buddies – For Defence spouses of Raymond Terrace & Medowie
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 Williamtown
Parents and carers of children aged 0-5yrs are welcome to socialise and encourage development in a child friendly environment.
Where:Ferodale Oval, Medowie
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 12.00pm and Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm.
More info: email@example.com
Williamtown Defence Family Group Inc. (WDFG) is a not for profit organisation operated by a volunteer management committee. The group undertake projects that support Defence members and their families to connect and integrate into the Williamtown community. From coffee catch ups to making tribute poppies and organising deployment care packages they have a variety of existing activities for you to enjoy. Activities are hosted at both on and off base locations.
If you have a passion for volunteering, a great idea you’d like to get started or want to make friends and become more involved in your community then contact the group today! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook: Williamtown Defence Family Group
The Toy Library has a range of toys, DVDs, games and puzzles for loan at very low costs.
For more information, including opening times, please contact the group’s coordinator: email@example.com
The Buzz operates under the Williamtown Defence Family Group. The page provides Defence Members and their families with local community information.
Facebook: Buzz Williamtown
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
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.
A group for Defence and civilian partners who reside in the Nelson Bay region. The group share information, chat and have fun in a friendly atmosphere.
The Gan Gan Family Centre is part of The Schools as Community Centres Project.
Gan Gan Family Centre is located on the grounds of Anna Bay Public School (near the back entrance on Old Main Rd). The group aim to provide services to the local community such as playgroups, workshops and information with a focus on children 0-8.
Gan Gan Family Centre provides a range of FREE activities and initiatives to engage and support families raising young children.
More information: 02 4982 1767
A network of Defence families on the Central Coast who provide support and friendship to assist in creating a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.
Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608