AUSTRALIAN Defence Force (ADF) members and their families will be welcomed to new posting locations across the country with a mix of in-person and virtual welcome events over the coming weeks.
Hosted by Defence Community Organisation, the in-person and virtual welcome events will showcase local community and government services, and provide information about education, partner employment assistance, recreation and support services available in the local area.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said each year ADF members take up new postings across Australia for promotions, career development or new opportunities and that these welcome events were a great opportunity for defence families to meet each other and get to know their local area.
“Each of the local Defence Community Organisation offices across Australia works with local community groups and support services to support ADF families and build a strong, connected and resilient Defence community,” Mr Chester said.
“For the first time, the inclusion of a virtual welcome platform means even more ADF members and their families, wherever they live, can access the range of welcome information at their convenience and from the comfort of home.
“Defence Community Organisation offers a range of programs and services to help ADF members and their families manage the challenges and opportunities of military life.
“Whether members are 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 six weeks from early February through to mid‑March.
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.