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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Amberley & Ipswich


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

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.

Amberley Playgroup

Amberley Defence Families Inc. provide an opportunity for Amberley families to socialise with their children and provide mutual support in a safe, friendly and fun environment. Due to Covid 19 we are currently closed. You can find out about our online activities by following us on Facebook.

If you are interested in attending please join us on Facebook.

Where: Minka Place, Main St, Ripley Town Centre, Ripley QLD

Further information: Amberley Defence Families Inc.

Email: | Facebook

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

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 Amberley

DENNKS - Defence Empty Nesters No Kids

A social group for members Single, MWDU, and have no children, meet once a month at various locations and events around the Ipswich region.

More information: Owen 0425 376 550 | Donna 0413 457 867

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


Regional info

Getting started

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

Aircraft noise

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


  • Ipswich City Council - Find a whole range of useful information, including the latest Ipswich news, local attractions and services, and community directories.
  • Discover Ipswich - Discover all Ipswich has to offer from art galleries and markets to parks and gardens, as well as a wide range of events and activities for all the family.
  • Ipswich First
  • The Workshops

Defence postings in the Amberley and Ipswich area

  • RAAF Base Amberley

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Amberley & Ipswich
 07 5361 1678
 Hudson Road, RAAF Base Amberley QLD 4306

Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608