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For ADF members and their families

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

Mailing List

To receive updates from the team at DMFS NT-Tindal about upcoming programs, events and our quarterly newsletter please register for our Mailing List:


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

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 & contacts


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.

Network Tindal

Network Tindal Incorporated (NTI) is a volunteer organisation that coordinates support and community groups operating within the RAAF Base Tindal community. The vision of NTI is creating community connections that support people's physical, social and emotional well-being whilst being posted to a remote and isolated location. We run community activities such as playgroups, book clubs and craft groups as well as events celebrating and commemorating significant community events.

More information: Facebook or email

Tindal Preschool

Preschool develops skills your child will use every day for the rest of their lives. Environments are ever-changing and we need to adapt by stimulating creativity, teaching problem solving and reasoning skills, experimenting, exploring and inventing.

All children’s learning (social, physical and mental) is developed through carefully structured activities. Our aim is to ensure that the Preschool year maximises each child’s potential.
Preschool in the NT is a part-time sessional programme available to all 4 -5 year old children (must turn four by 30th June in year of entry). It is operated by the NT Dept of Education as the first stage of schooling using the NT Dept of Education Curriculum, equipped with educational curriculum linked resources and qualified teaching staff. It is designed to bridge the gap between home/childcare to full-time schooling. Preschool sessions work out to be around only $1.20 each day.

More information: 08 8971 7127 or

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. The AMWC has enjoyed rapid growth and significant community support since it began in 2012 and is eager to expand throughout Australia. The Choir recently received funding from DCO, and a significant proportion of the grant was to aid in setting up new groups in regions across the country, including Adelaide.

More info: Australian Military Wives Choir | 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 Tindal/Katherine | 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

Welcome to the Territory

Undoubtedly one of the best things about being a Territorian is the lifestyle. Whether you’re into sports, dining out, fishing, the arts or wildlife, the Northern Territory has something for you.

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

  • The Territory - An excellent at-a-glance resource to familiarise you with living, working and exploring in the Northern Territory.
  • Katherine Town Council - Council services, community events and recreation information.
  • NT: Share our story - Things to do and places to go in Katherine and surrounds.
  • Tourism Top End - Find a visitor guide and information on Katherine’s many attractions.
  • Visit Katherine - Information about all aspects of living in the Katherine and Tindal area, from attractions to weather, local businesses to upcoming events.

Katherine Town Council services during COVID-19

Katherine Public Library

The Katherine Public Library is closed to the public and is be offering services from a remote capacity. Please contact the Library during business hours or follow Katherine Public Library on Facebook to keep up to date with revised services.

Katherine Town Council Civic Centre

Access by the public restricted as of COB Friday 27 March 2020. The Civic Centre will be providing customer service via phone, email and website. Please note that payments can still be made online and over the phone during normal work hours.

Visitor Information Centre

The Visitor Information Centre will continue to provide customer service via telephone, email and website.

Defence postings in the Tindal and Katherine area

  • RAAF Tindal

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 08 8973 6186
 Tindal Community Centre, Easton Parade, Tindal NT 0853

Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608