Defence Family Matters
Defence Family Matters is a free lifestyle magazine designed for Defence families.
In DFM you can find articles celebrating Defence families, advice and tips for managing deployment, family member absence, relocation and posting and other aspects of military life. The magazine also publishes information on family support services available from Defence and the community, and news about changes in the Defence environment that affect families.
The magazine is sent out three times a year (in April, July and December) to all ADF members who have one or more dependants and are permanent or on Continuous Fulltime Service.
To view an online version, view the DCO website at www.defence.gov.au/dco/
To contribute articles to the magazine, email DefenceFamilyMatters@defence.gov.au.
Defence Community Organisation
When you move to a new location, call the Defence Family Helpline to request a copy of the Welcome Guide for that posting location.
Also ask DCO to include your personal email address on the Community Email Database so you can keep in touch with upcoming community activities, DCO activities and news from Defence Community Groups.
There is also a Next of Kin Email Database which details Absence from Home support and events available to families when ADF members are deployed. If requesting the Next of Kin Email, state the period of deployment.
Call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or email DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au for a response within 24 hours.
Visit the DCO website to read information about your local area.
Visit: www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Connection
The Army, Navy and Air Force publish newspapers every fortnight. These Service newspapers contain interesting, informative, and entertaining material for ADF members and their families.
The Service newspapers are distributed free through the member's unit and online. In addition, anyone can subscribe at a small cost to have the newspaper sent to their home address.
Defence Community Houses are facilities provided by Defence for Defence Community Groups.
Houses are usually located on Defence bases. They are usually administered by a committee of volunteer partners who oversee groups and organise a calendar of events.
Houses run a range of activities according to the needs and resources of the Defence community in a particular posting location.
To locate a Defence Community House near your current or future location visit the DCO website.
Visit: www.defence.gov.au/dco/ > Community Connection
Start a Group
How to start a Defence Community Group
DFA has compiled a list of tips to help you start a Defence Community Group:
- Talk to your local DCO office about the existing Defence and community groups in your area.
- Identify a group of partners or children who may wish to form a group.
- Identify an activity for partners or children.
- Ask your local DCO office and large units if there are any Defence Community Houses or Defence facilities that could provide a venue for activities.
- Decide if any cost is involved.
- Set up a contact person with email address or phone number. Or ask your local DCO office to be a contact for the group.
- Advertise the group and the group’s events in the local DCO newsletter, unit newsletters, around base, social networking sites and through DFA.
- If the group requires permanent resources, apply for Defence funding through the community group funding program.
Community group funding
Defence Community Organisation offers grants to community groups that deliver support and services of value to Defence families. Grants are one-off payments which must be spent before the end of the same financial year in which they are awarded.
Any notforprofit, incorporated group representing a significant number of Defence families can apply for a grant, provided they run programs which help overcome the effects of mobility and address the needs of Defence families.
View the Defence Community Organisation website to download the guidelines and application form and find out when they are due.
View www.defence.gov.au/dco/ > Community Connection > Community Group Funding
Call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for more information or email DefenceFamilyHelpline@defence.gov.au for a response within 24 hours.
Defence Families of Australia has a Facebook page. DFA Members are encouraged to like the DFA Facebook Page. However families should sign up at the DFA website to ensure they receive all relevant updates via email.
Defence Facebook Community
- Australian Army
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Royal Australian Navy
- 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Darwin
- 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, Brisbane
- HMAS Parramatta
- DCO Liverpool
- DCO Hunter
- ADF Family Health Facebook Page
- Department of Veterans' Affairs Facebook Page
- Defence Anglicans
Defence Community Groups
- Duntroon Community Centre (Canberra)
- Canberra (North) Defence Partners
- Gungahlin Defence Families Playgroup
- Defence Partners of Canberra
Defence partners of Canberra
- Terrace Buddies (Raymond Terrace)
- Bandiana Neighbourhood House
- Hunter Buddies
- Defence Families Maitland
- RAAF Williamtown Playgroup
- Hunter Connection
- Williamtown Defence Families Group
- Mactier Community Centre, Simpson Barracks (Watsonia)
- East Sale Family Group
- Williams Defence Community House
- Cerberus Cottage
- Cerberus/Mornington/Melbourne Defence Families
- Wodonga/Albury Defence Families
- Geckos Family Centre, Townsville
- Toowoomba Defence Families Community House & Playgroup
- Brisbane Defence WAGS
- Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre
- Brisbane Army Partners
- Townsville Defence WAGS
- Brisbane DENKKS Group (Empty Nesters and Parents)
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