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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Darling Downs


To find out about events for ADF families in Darling Downs, 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

Darling Downs

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.

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

Online: Kookaburra Kids 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 Darling Downs | Facebook

Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association Inc.

Due to Covid 19 the Community House is currently closed. For more information about their online activities follow them on Facebook

TDFSA is a Community House and Playgroup providing a range of services and activities for all Defence families and civilian families. Membership to the Centre is $10 per annum which provides activities such as playgroup, coffee Club, craft, dinner dates, book club, borrowing library, regular family events, fundraising and much more.

TDFSA provide support, fun and friendship for all ages. The air conditioned centre has a toy room, fully equipped kitchen, baby changing facilities and a lounge area. Outdoor facilities include a sandpit, swings, slide, climbing gym, bike track, mud kitchen and plenty of equipment and toys for the kids to enjoy.

Where: Corner O’Quinn and Anzac Ave, Toowoomba
More information: email | 0407 241 283 | Facebook | Instagram

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.

  • Toowoomba Regional Council - All you need to know about living in Toowoomba, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events.

Defence postings in Darling Downs and Toowoomba

  • Borneo Barracks (Cabarlah)
  • The Army Aviation Training Centre / Swartz Barracks (Oakey)

Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation that has offered early childhood education and care since 1907. C&K Is currently taking enrolments now for 2015. To enrol visit the Creche and Kindergarten Association website or call them on 1800177092.

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Darling Downs
 07 4631 4470
 25/49 RQR, O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba QLD 43500

Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608