Defence Member and Family Support provides a range of mobility-related support services to assist Defence families when relocating due to posting. We provide proactive and preventative services that focus on building Defence families’ knowledge, skills and resilience to manage the potential impacts of the mobile lifestyle.
ADF service often requires Defence members and their families to relocate within Australia and overseas, and many can expect to relocate on average every two to three years. We know that Defence families may experience disruptions, such as dislocation from extended family, supports and community services as well as discontinuity of allied healthcare, and impacts on children’s education and ADF partners’ employment.
There are also many benefits such as travel, new experiences and meeting different people that can increase a person’s adaptability and self-reliance.
The Posting Cycle Movements Coordination Cell (PCMCC) have created a Frequently Asked Questions document for members posting during COVID.
Defence is cognisant of ensuring that travel conducted during the 2020-2021 peak posting period is undertaken safely. As a result air travel is the preferred mode of travel between all locations. The PCMCC will direct personnel to fly between specific locations in order to ensure compliance with state and territory restrictions. Personnel who are directed to fly can access additional benefits as detailed in Special Determination 2020 (No.19).
We have information and resources available to guide you through the practical considerations and emotional impacts of a move. Children in particular may need assistance to make sense of such a major change.
Our resources outline steps you can take to orchestrate the move effectively, minimise the disruption to your family's life, integrate into your new community, and make these experiences smooth, successful and positive for all involved.
For more information about relocations or our support services, contact the Defence Member and Family Helpline on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 624 608.
Defence has developed an online posting platform to assist with domestic postings. PostingConnect has been designed to guide you and your nominated representative through the numerous tasks related to a posting. To find out more, visit the PostingConnect website.