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Defence Member and Family Support

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.

COVID-19 Resources

With the internet and social media flooded with a range of COVID-19 information and advice, it’s important to make sure the information you’re seeking comes from an official source. To help you, we’ve put together a list of official websites where families can get up-to-date information about a range of COVID issues like travel restrictions and border closures, non-essential travel and fines, testing locations, school arrangements, jobs and business information.

If you are looking for national information and contacts about COVID-19, see the Coronavirus tab on our Emergency and Crisis webpage.

We have also developed a Coronavirus Advice webpage which has a range of information and resources about wellbeing, tips to manage in isolation, how to support kids, maintaining healthy relationships and information about reunion leave arrangements.

For more mental health and wellbeing information and resources see our Health and Wellbeing webpage.

Information about Defence’s involvement in the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including live blog updates can be found at the Defence response to COVID-19.

We’ve also put together some other educational resources that may help families with children during COVID-19 restrictions.

Community groups & centres


Community group facilities are currently closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but you can still get involved with their online activities and virtual catch-ups. If you want to get in touch with a community group in your area, follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Marilla Community Centre

Marilla community Centre provides support to Defence families and the local community. They provide fitness classes, playgroups, school holiday and social events.

Although we are physically distant right now Marilla Community Centre is still here to support you and your family! They have been working hard to move their weekly programs online and make it easier to stay connected during this difficult time.

Join them Monday mornings at 9.30 for a fun all over body workout with their Personal Trainer Fiona (book your place at

Young kids at home? Check out their Playgroup story time via Facebook live Wednesday mornings (please message them via their Facebook page for more information).

FREE online workshops for all their Marilla Members and Defence families including Contemporary Job Searching, Mental Health Insights and lots more to come.

Membership fees have been frozen for the time being to allow the community to stay connected without any additional financial burden. Go to to renew or become a member today!

They strive to continually improve and evolve at Marilla Community Centre, any feedback or recommendations you may have to help them improve these online programs are greatly appreciated and will help them to better support the defence community.

Keep checking their Facebook page and website to stay up to date and in touch.

Further information: | | Faceboook

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. To find your local coordinator visit the DSNSG website at, follow them on Facebook or phone: 1800 037 674

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

Open Arms continues to provide 24/7 counselling and support services to Australia's military community during COVID-19. 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.

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling | Group Programs | Facebook


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.

They are currently holding all rehearsals online on Thursday nights, so get in contact with them if you have any questions or are interested in joining.

More information email Tash: | | Facebook

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. While their activities have moved online at the moment contact the coordinator or follow them on Facebook to see how you can join in from home.

Where: Stubbs Terrace, Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta
More information: 08 9385 0554 | | Facebook

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 online activities like 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.


Pearce Community Group (PCG)

The Pearce Community Group, connects and supports partners and families in the northern suburbs of Perth, by welcoming and supporting partners and families adjust and become a part of the local community.

During these uncertain times Pearce Community Group is determined to keep the community informed and provide a place to come together.

Even though they had to close their doors Pearce Community Group is still open virtually. Follow them on Facebook to find out more about their online activities

More info: phone 0492 833 803 | email | Facebook

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. To find out more about their online activities, follow them on Facebook.

More information: | Facebook

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)

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