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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

HMAS Cerberus


To find out about events for ADF families in Cerberus, 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.

Cerberus Community Hub

Cerberus Community Hub welcomes everyone with a friendly smile and an offer for help and support of a comforting cup or tea and a chat. We have a lovely big outdoor playground and a newly renovated indoor space for children’s playing or just relaxing in our catch up area. We offer a number of activities including playgroup, courses and programs, coffee mornings, craft nights and a variety of organised family outings for all ages to connect and network.

This community space has been running since 1992 as RAN Wives then Cerberus Cottage Family and Friends and now the Cerberus Community Hub. Follow them on Facebook to see what online events you can join in with from home.

Where: 16 Cook Road, HMAS Cerberus

More information: email | call 03 5983 0274 | visit their website | 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 information: DSNSG Cerberus | Facebook

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

HMAS Cerberus/ Mornington Peninsula and surrounds:

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 03 9200 1572
 1st Floor, 661 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3001

 1800 624 608
 Building 116 HMAS CERBERUS VIC 3920

by appointment only
 03 9200 1572
 Building 178 Stevens Street, Simpson Barracks, Macleod VIC 3085 

by appointment only
 03 9282 3028
 Building L425, Charlesworth Parade, RAAF Williams Laverton VIC 3028
Next to Defence Bank

Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608