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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608


Including Nowra, Jervis Bay and Wollongong


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


Send an email to DCO Nowra to join our mailing list. You'll get the latest information and updates from DCO Nowra, your local Defence community and the Shoalhaven region.

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.

Kookaburra Kids Head Office
PO BOX 681 Gymea 2227
(02) 9525 7474

Website: Kookaburra Kids website
Facebook: Kookaburra Kids - Facebook

Shoalhaven Defence Families Association

The Shoalhaven Defence Families Association is a volunteer group made up of predominantly Defence partners. They conduct regular activities at their neighbourhood house, 'Kookaburra Retreat', four days per week during NSW school terms. These activities include a Playgroup, craft group and other activities.

The association also holds regular community education courses according to member interests. In the past these have included First Aid, mechanics courses, homeopathy, cooking classes and specific crafts. The SDFA is also responsible for the production of the local quarterly Defence community newsletter, ‘Time Out’.

Where: Kookaburra Retreat, Flat 1&2, Canberra Drive, Nowra Hill (across from the HMASAlbatross main gate)
More information: Coordinator 02 4421 5766 | Email:

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 Nowra

Tingira Child Care Centre Nowra

The centre provides long day care for Defence families with children aged six weeks to five years, but also open to general public with children aged six weeks to five years.

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.

  • Jervis Bay - Activities, attractions and goings-on in beautiful Jervis Bay
  • Shoalhaven City Council - Community and services information, events and guides for Shoalhaven. See 'My Community' for community and services information.
  • Wollongong City Council - Community and services information for Wollongong
  • Wollongong Tourism - Activities, events and things to do in Wollongong.

Defence postings in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra area

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

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 02 4421 3855
 Level 2, Suite 2, Bridgeton House, 55-57 Berry Street, Nowra NSW 2541

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608