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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Perth and surrounds

Including Perth, Rockingham, Karrakatta and Bullsbrook.


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


Aircraft noise - Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.

Community groups & centres


Marilla Community Centre

Marilla Community Centre is your Defence funded Community Centre.

Further information:Faceboook | |

South Coast Health and Community Services

South Coast Health and Community Services supports the physical and mental health needs of women and families in the Rockingham, Kwinana and surrounding areas. Defence funded groups include; The Tree of life for Children, Aussie Optimism and the Circle of Security Parenting.

Further information: Facebook - /SCWHS | | 9550 0900

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 Rockingham

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.


Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir, Perth is a choir for women who support Defence Force members. As a no audition, no experience necessary choir, they welcome new members at any time during the year. Despite the word wives in their name, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members such as girlfriends, partners, wives, mothers and sisters. They also welcome female ADF members.

When: First and Third and Fifth Thursday evenings each month from 7pm
More information: for the rehearsal location. Alternatively, check out our Facebook page and website

Karrakatta Community House Inc.

Karrakatta Community House is located in two houses, side by side, at Irwin Barracks. One of the houses is dedicated to courses or seminars held over the year, such as craft activities or first aid courses. The other house serves as a babysitting venue for when courses are held, run by qualified carers, and equipped with toys, sleeping, and feeding facilities. It is also used as for a playgroup on Mondays.

Where: Stubbs Terrace, Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta
When: Open Monday 9.30 am–11.30 am for playgroup, Tuesday 9.30 am–12.30 pm and Friday 9.30–12.30 pm for courses
More information: 08 9385 0554 |

The SASR Auxiliary

The SASR Auxiliary was formed in 1965 by partners of soldiers serving in the Regiment to give support and promote friendship among SASR families. This volunteer, not-for-profit organisation, has become a vital component of the Regiment’s informal family support system.

The SASR Auxiliary offers regular opportunities for partners and families to meet through weekly playgroups, social and informative events such as education sessions, theme nights and parenting seminars. Babysitting is usually offered for all Auxiliary events. The Auxiliary provides workshops and personal development courses for health and wellbeing for its members and surrounding communities. It also assists charitable and other philanthropic causes. Members receive regular newsletters, which serve as an information source on support staff and broader Defence support activities and services.

More information: SASR Auxillary |

Defence Child Care Centre

The Sunny Child Care Centre – 50 Seaward Avenue, Swanbourne.


Defence Child Care Centre

Flying Start Child Care Centre – RAAF Pearce Brownwell Avenue Bullsbrook

Pilbara Region

Pilbara Regiment Family Group (PRFG)

The Pilbara Regiment is located in one of the most remote locations in Australia and has a number of unique challenges for families posted to the region. The PRFG provides opportunities for Defence families in the areas of community engagement, personal growth and development and health and wellbeing. By providing these services the PRFG aims to support the wellbeing of our Defence families living in this remote region.

More information:

Regional info

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.

  • Pilbara Regiment - Information about the regiment
  • Government of WA - This website is your doorway to Western Australia’s information and services, including health, business, law, community, education, recreation, tourism, transport and local area information.
  • Western Australia Tourism Commission - The official tourism website, with information about things to do and see, travel and vital information about WA.
  • Australia’s NorthWest - Discover more about this fascinating corner of Australia, including travel information, events and things to see and do.

Pilbara Region

  • Karratha Visitor Centre - Regional information, attractions, activities and things to do in the West Pilbara coast and Karratha region

North West Cape/Exmouth

  • Exmouth Visitor Centre - Things to do and see in Exmouth and surrounds
  • Shire of Exmouth - Community and services information for Exmouth and surrounds
  • Department of Communities - With sections for youth, women, parents and families, the department has a wealth of information about community resources in WA
  • Community Link and Network WA - CLAN WA helps strengthen families in WA by encouraging healthy relationships, effective parenting, support networks and community participation

Defence postings in northern WA area

  • RAAF Base Learmonth (Exmouth)


 DCO Rockingham
 23 Chalgrove Avenue, Rockingham WA 6168
08 9591 9596

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 08 9591 9596
 23 Chalgrove Avenue, Rockingham WA 6168

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608