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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
16 January 2019
AUSTRALIAN Defence Force (ADF) members and their families will be welcomed to new posting locations across the country, with a series of Welcome events starting with HMAS Cerberus this week.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Defence Welcome events are a great opportunity for our military families to meet each other and get to know their local area, especially if they have recently posted to a new location.
“These events provide ADF families with information to help them settle into their community, as well as a host of activities for the kids like face painting, jumping castles, petting zoos and more.”
Hosted by Defence Community Organisation, more than 20 Welcome events will showcase local community and government services, and provide information about education, recreation and support services available in the local area.
“Defence Community Organisation offers a range of programs and services to help ADF families manage the challenges and opportunities of military life,” Mr Chester said.
“Each of the local Defence Community Organisation offices across Australia work with local community groups and support services to support ADF families and build a strong, connected and resilient Defence community.”
“Whether they’re single or have posted with their families, ADF members are welcome to come along with their parents, partner, siblings or kids.”
The program of Welcome events runs for almost two months throughout February and early March on or near Defence locations across Australia.
For more information about events and the support services available to ADF members and their families, visit the Defence Community Organisation website at www.defence.gov.au/dco or call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.