Minister for Defence Science and Personnel – Additional support for Defence families

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, has today announced over one million dollars in grants to community organisations around the country that support Defence families.

“The Government recognises the important contribution and sacrifices made by families who support the men and women of the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The military lifestyle is unusual and for Defence families it can mean frequent relocation and a significant amount of time away from loved ones when the member is deployed on operations and exercises.” 

Minister Snowdon said that the Family Support Funding Program is designed to help not-for-profit community organisations to develop programs and activities that will facilitate engagement of Defence families with their local communities. 

“Our Defence families are a strong group within the wider Australian community.  Getting the community involved and building the links between the Defence community and the general community is the best way we can support Defence families.” 

Over one million dollars in Defence grants will be distributed between 51 community organisations across all States and Territories this financial year. 

“Defence families build support networks through the friendships that develop through participation in these programs. They share information and ideas that help them manage the demands of military service,” Mr Snowdon said. 

Visit the Defence Community Organisation website at for more information. 

You can also contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for information on accessing community resources. 

Media contacts:

Minister Snowdon’s Office: Marcus Butler (02) 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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