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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Sale & South-East Victoria


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

East Sale Family Group Inc.

The East Sale Family Group Inc (ESFG) welcomes Defence and local families in the Sale community and supports them through shared contacts, interaction and knowledge. They currently offer a number of different interest groups and activities families can take part in from home online like Coffee Club, Pilates, Yoga, Book Club, Playgroup and Create. Annual membership is $20 per year and includes many wonderful groups, activities and subsidised events. Further details can be found on our Facebook page “East Sale Family Group”.

Stay tuned more activities to come.

More information: | 03 5146 6171 or 0436 332 056 | 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 Sale | Facebook

Loch Sport Community House Inc.

Loch Sport Community House provides services to the local and surrounding communities, including information and referral services, adult education programs, health and social interests and craft activity interests.

More info: | (03) 5146 0145 | Facebook

Sale Neighbourhood House

Lots of different people come to the House for lots of different reasons - to volunteer, to work, to play, to learn, to share, to teach, to relax or just to say hello and unwind. The House offers health and wellbeing classes, craft and cooking courses, childcare and many other programs.

Follow them on Facebook to see more about their online activities

Where: 19-21 Leslie Street, Sale 
When: Open Monday to Friday, 9 am–3 pm
More information: 03 5144 5747 | | 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

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

  • Tourism Wellington - Attractions, information, facilities and more for central Gippsland (including Sale)
  • Wellington Shire Council - Events, programs and community and service information for Wellington Shire (to which Sale belongs)

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 Building 751 RAAF Base East Sale VIC 3852

Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608