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

Community groups & contacts


Randwick Family Centre

Randwick Family Centre (formerly Anklebiters Playgroup), is a local Defence community group supporting families. This fun and friendly centre run Playgroup twice a week, Mum’s and Bub’s group, Drop-in Fridays, Book Club, After School Club, Social Club and Adult Learning Classes.

Where: c/o Randwick Barracks, Avoca Rd, Randwick NSW 2031
When: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
More info: Call Mel 0449 163904 or Rachel 0447 004868, email

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.

Where: Kookaburra Kids Head Office, PO BOX 681, Gymea 2227
More info: Kookaburra Kids website, Kookaburra Kids Facebook, phone 02 9525 7474

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is a choir for women who support military personnel. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word ‘wives’, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother?

Currently there are two rehearsal locations. The South Sydney choir meets at Holsworthy Barracks. The Sydney City choir meets in a central location for families in the north and east of the city.

More info: Email or, AMWC website, AMWC Facebook

3Bridges Community

3Bridges Community create opportunities for personal growth and assistance with day-to-day life. They run a number of programs focused on education and training, support and personal development, or social activities. Their services are for people of all ages including children and families, youth, adults and senior members of the community. 3Bridges looks after the Carss Park Community Centre, Penhurst Community Centre, Arncliffe Community Centre, and the Menai Community Centre.

Where: Carss Park Community Centre, 1/72 Carwar Ave, Carss Park
When: Mon–Fri 9.00am-4.30pm

Where: Menai Community Centre, 34 Allison Cres, Menai
When: Mon–Fri 9.00am-4.00pm

Where: Penshurst Community Centre, 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst
When: Mon–Fri 9.00am-5.00pm

More info: call 1300 327 434, 3Bridges Community website, 3Bridges Community Facebook

Beyond Blue

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

More info: 1300 22 4636 24/7 support, Beyond Blue website, Beyond Blue Facebook

Defence Families Central Coast

A network of Defence families on the Central Coast, for support, company, and to create a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.Offers a fortnightly coffee mornings and other activities.

More info: Defence Families Central Coast 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 Sydney website

Go4Fun - Health and wellbeing for children aged 7 to 13

Go4Fun is a free healthy living program for kids to become fitter, healthier and happier. The program is fun and interactive and supports 7 to 13 year old children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a long lasting and healthy approach to living. Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier as they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills. 

More info: Call 1800 780 900, Go4Fun website, Go4Fun Facebook

Kissingpoint Cottage

Kissingpoint Cottage is a Defence community house in the Sydney district of Ermington/Dundas. They support Defence members and their families in a fun and friendly environment where everyone understands the unique lifestyle and challenges faced by Defence families.

If you are new to the area or would simply like to make some new friends, come along and try some of their weekly sessions. They would love to meet you!

Tuesday 10.00am-11.00am. One hour group fitness session run by a qualified trainer. Children welcome—supervision is provided while they play.

Tuesday 10.00am-12.00pm. Bumps & Bubs–Parent’s group for parents or carers with babies or who are expecting. Older children welcome.

Wednesday 10.00am-12.00pm. A facilitated playgroup for all ages.

Thursday fortnightly, 10.00am-2.00pm. Occasional Care–a fortnightly service offered for children 6 months—5 years.

Thursday 3.30pm-5.30pm. After-school club¬–a session for school aged children to build support networks and friendships.

Friday 10.00am-12.30pm. Craft & Chat–includes planned craft like candle making, weaving and more or BYO craft. Creche available.

Where: The house, just behind Timor Barracks, 282 Kissing Point Road, Dundas NSW
More info: call 02 9874 4052 or 0412 144 052, email, Kissingpoint Cottage Facebook or feel free to simply drop in.


Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline is committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.

More info: Call 13 11 14 – 24/7 support, Lifeline website, Lifeline Facebook

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 the Sydney area

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

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 02 9393 3314
 Level 3, Defence Plaza, 270 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608