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Defence Member and Family Support

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608



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

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 Tasmania | Facebook

Dowsing Point Community Centre

Dowsing Point Community Centre offers a range of programs and services for Defence families in Hobart. Some of the services offered are: regular craft workshops and playgroups; health and wellbeing programs (offering back up child care in most cases); work and lifestyle information sessions and workshops and; support and referral services for the Defence and wider community.

There is a small annual membership fee which enables you to participate in the AGM and apply to become a Committee Member, as well as receive monthly newsletters and the use of centre facilities at low or no cost during opening hours. Also, if you’d like to volunteer a couple of hours a week, or have skill sets and would like to share them through program facilitation at DPCC, please contact the Coordinator during opening hours. All contributions are valued.

Where: Dowsing Point Community Centre, Derwent Barracks, Goodwood Rd, Dowsing Point. (about 10mins drive from Hobart City or Lindisfarne)
When: Monday to Wednesday, 9.30 am to 2.30 pm during school terms  
More information: Contact the Coordinator on 03 6237 7471 or emailing | 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.

Defence postings in Tasmania

  • Paterson Barracks (Launceston)
  • Anglesea Barracks (Hobart)
  • Derwent Barracks (Hobart)

Talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information about bases, facilities and services available for families.

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by appointment only
  03 9200 1572
 Legge Cottage Anglesea Barracks Davey St Hobart Tas 7000

Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608