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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 Melbourne, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.

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 Victoria

Mactier Community Centre

The Mactier Community Centre is located in Building 40, Simpson Barracks, Greensborough Road, Macleod.

The Mactier Community Centre runs groups and programs to meet the needs of their membership, with the aim of promoting community engagement and self-confidence. Currently, the Centre facilitates a number of group activities including playgroup, coffee and cake, book group, regular ladies nights, family events, health and wellbeing programs, sewing lessons and more.

A quarterly newsletter, the Simpsons Voice, is available online and the Mactier Community Centre also administer and encourage use of their very active online community.

The Centre is open from Monday – Thursday from 9.15am – 2pm.

For more information on what the Mactier Community Centre provides, visit the Centre's Facebook page, website or email or call 03 8481 7211 or 0499 018 304.

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.

Melbourne CBD

  • City of Melbourne - The Melbourne City Council website, with extensive information about city services, transport, facilities, and local activities and events
  • Visit Melbourne - Things to do and see in Melbourne and surrounds
  • What’s On in Melbourne - A calendar of events of things to do and see in Melbourne, including some free events

Simpson Barracks

  • Banyule - Bundoora, Greensborough,Viewbank, Macleod, Watsonia, Yallambie
  • Whittlesea - Bundoora, Epping, Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang

RAAF Base Williams Area  

  • Hobsons Bay - Altona, Newport, Seabrook, Williamstown
  • Wyndham - Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham Vale, Point Cook

Defence postings in the Melbourne area

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 03 9282 3028
 1st Floor, 661 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3001

 03 5931 6095
 Building 116 HMAS CERBERUS VIC 3920

by appointment only
 03 9282 3028
 Building 178 Stevens Street, Simpson Barracks, Macleod VIC 3085 

by appointment only
 03 9282 3028
 Building L425, Charlesworth Parade, RAAF Williams Laverton VIC 3028
Next to Defence Bank

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608