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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 Townsville, 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 North Queensland about upcoming programs, events and our quarterly newsletter please register to our Mailing List by sending an email to:

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.

Australian Air Force Cadets – 101 Squadron, Townsville

Australian Air Force Cadets provides an opportunity for young people aged between 13 and 18 to meet new friends, build confidence and leadership skills, while experiencing a variety of activities both in the air and on the ground. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, AAFC 101 Squadron is not parading.

Where: RAAF Base, Garbutt
When: Fridays 6.30 pm to 10.15 pm (during school terms)
More information: call 07 4752 1723, visit Australian Air Force Cadets website or email

Australian Army Cadets

There are a number of Army cadet Units based in and around Townsville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Australian Army Cadet units are not parading. For more information visit

Australian Navy Cadets

Due ro COVID-19 restrictions, TS Coral Sea is not parading. For information about the Training Ship Coral Sea cadet program, visit

Coral Sea – Defence Childcare Centre

Coral Sea is operated by One Tree Community Services and provides priority of access for ADF families. The centre provides long day care, nursery, toddler, kindergarten and preschool programs.

Where: 71 Bamford Lane, Kirwan
When: Monday to Friday 6.15am – 5.45pm
More information: 07 4723 7038 or email

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 Townsville

Geckos Community Centre

Geckos is a tri-service community centre providing a range of services and activities for all defence families. Geckos provides a mix of formal and informal activities such as playgroups, parent groups, boot camp and sewing group.

Where: Geckos Family Centre, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville
When: Monday 9am to 3pm
Tuesday – Thurs 9am to 4pm
Friday 9am to 3pm

More information: Bus Hours: 07 4411 7031 or 07 4411 1741
Geckos website | email: | Facebook

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports Defence children living in families affected by mental illness, including PTSD. The foundation aims to deliver camps and school holiday activity days to provide kids with respite from their home life, a safe environment to share their experiences, plus mental health education and counselling focussed on coping skills and building resilience.

Contact: | Facebook | | 1300 566 525

Solid Rock Ministries

Solid Rock is a Christian ministry for Defence wives and partners. They meet each Monday at 9.30am during school terms in the conference room next to the chapel on Lavarack Barracks. Children are welcome – there is a play area with toys.

Contact Fran on 0439 834 903

Australian Military Wives Choir Townsville

The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWChoir) is a choir for female voices with a connection to a currently serving member of the ADF or foreign defence members stationed in Australia. We welcome wives, partners, girlfriends, mothers, daughters, sisters, and female ADF members, and would love to have you join our Townsville branch.

No experience required, no audition necessary, just come along to enjoy a shared love of singing.

Where: rehearsals are held at Geckos Family Centre, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville.
When: 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month, during school terms from 7.00pm to 8.30pm 
Contact: | Australian Military Wives Choir website | 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


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

Townsville Disaster Management
  • QLD Disaster Management
  • Ergon Energy Emergencies: 13 16 70 or 000
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads: 13 23 80

Tully and Mission Beach

Tully and Mission Beach - All you need to know about living in Tully and Mission Beach, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events.

Mount Isa

  • Mount Isa City Council - All you need to know about living in Mount Isa, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events
Disaster Management

Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts:

Defence postings in the Townsville area

  • Lavarack Barracks - Find information on the 3rd Brigade and family support
  • Ross Island Barracks (South Townsville)
  • RAAF Base Townsville
  • Mount Isa / 51st Battalion Far North Queensland Regiment (51 FNQR)

You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

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Defence Member and Family Helpline | 1800 624 608