DFA continues to work with DCO and Estate and Infrastructure Group to advocate for Defence Community Centres in areas that don’t have a dedicated meeting space (eg. Amberley); and areas that need new buildings or alternative spaces (eg. Darling Downs, Point Cook, Puckapunyal, Holsworthy and Rockingham).
During 2017, DFA staff attended the two-day training sessions for the Defence Community Centres on essential business requirements for a successful centre that were held around the country.
The nationally-recognised training program – funded by DCO – provides the community centre coordinators and committee members the opportunity to gain valuable skills in areas such as how to run a meeting effectively to financial management. All participants have found the training to be relevant and extremely worthwhile.
This training solves issues raised by DFA in its Community Centre Report released to CDF and the Assistant Minister for Defence in April 2015. In addition, solving another issue identified by DFA, DCO recently implemented funding outside of the current Family Support Funding Program (FSFP) bidding model for a paid coordinator for each of our major Community Centres. Coordinators will now be networked and supported through DCO both nationally and locally, ensuring financial stability for these essential positions and creating opportunities for sharing successes and experiences as coordinators.
DFA will continue to work with DCO and Estate and Infrastructure Group to either source community spaces or advocate for upgraded or new facilities.
Robertson Barrack’s Community Centre – Defence Images