Including Perth, Rockingham, Karrakatta and Bullsbrook.
To find out about events for ADF families in Perth, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.
Aircraft noise - Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.
With the internet and social media flooded with a range of COVID-19 information and advice, it’s important to make sure the information you’re seeking comes from an official source. To help you, we’ve put together a list of official websites where families can get up-to-date information about a range of COVID issues like travel restrictions and border closures, non-essential travel and fines, testing locations, school arrangements, jobs and business information.
If you are looking for national information and contacts about COVID-19, see the Coronavirus tab on our Emergency and Crisis webpage.
We have also developed a Coronavirus Advice webpage which has a range of information and resources about wellbeing, tips to manage in isolation, how to support kids, maintaining healthy relationships and information about reunion leave arrangements.
For more mental health and wellbeing information and resources see our Health and Wellbeing webpage.
Information about Defence’s involvement in the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including live blog updates can be found at the Defence response to COVID-19.
We’ve also put together some other educational resources that may help families with children during COVID-19 restrictions.
Community groups & centres
Community group facilities are currently closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but you can still get involved with their online activities and virtual catch-ups. If you want to get in touch with a community group in your area, follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date.
Marilla community Centre provides support to Defence families and the local community. They provide fitness classes, playgroups, school holiday and social events.
Although we are physically distant right now Marilla Community Centre is still here to support you and your family! They have been working hard to move their weekly programs online and make it easier to stay connected during this difficult time.
Join them Monday mornings at 9.30 for a fun all over body workout with their Personal Trainer Fiona (book your place at https://www.marillacommunitycentre.com).
Young kids at home? Check out their Playgroup story time via Facebook live Wednesday mornings (please message them via their Facebook page for more information).
FREE online workshops for all their Marilla Members and Defence families including Contemporary Job Searching, Mental Health Insights and lots more to come.
Membership fees have been frozen for the time being to allow the community to stay connected without any additional financial burden. Go to https://www.marillacommunitycentre.com to renew or become a member today!
They strive to continually improve and evolve at Marilla Community Centre, any feedback or recommendations you may have to help them improve these online programs are greatly appreciated and will help them to better support the defence community.
Keep checking their Facebook page and website to stay up to date and in touch.
The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs. To find your local coordinator visit the DSNSG website at http://dsnsg.org.au, follow them on Facebook or phone: 1800 037 674
Open Arms provides counselling and support services to Australia's military community. If you have served one day of continuous full-time service in the ADF you can call them for support. They also support families, reservists and some peacekeepers. Call Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for free, confidential counselling and group programs to support mental health and wellbeing.
The Australian Military Wives Choir, Perth is a choir for women who support Defence Force members. As a no audition, no experience necessary choir, they welcome new members at any time during the year. Despite the word wives in their name, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members such as girlfriends, partners, wives, mothers and sisters. They also welcome female ADF members.
They are currently holding all rehearsals online on Thursday nights, so get in contact with them if you have any questions or are interested in joining.
Karrakatta Community House is located in two houses, side by side, at Irwin Barracks. One of the houses is dedicated to courses or seminars held over the year, such as craft activities or first aid courses. The other house serves as a babysitting venue for when courses are held, run by qualified carers, and equipped with toys, sleeping, and feeding facilities. While their activities have moved online at the moment contact the coordinator or follow them on Facebook to see how you can join in from home.
The SASR Auxiliary was formed in 1965 by partners of soldiers serving in the Regiment to give support and promote friendship among SASR families. This volunteer, not-for-profit organisation, has become a vital component of the Regiment’s informal family support system.
The SASR Auxiliary offers regular opportunities for partners and families to meet through online activities like playgroups, social and informative events such as education sessions, theme nights and parenting seminars. Babysitting is usually offered for all Auxiliary events. The Auxiliary provides workshops and personal development courses for health and wellbeing for its members and surrounding communities. It also assists charitable and other philanthropic causes. Members receive regular newsletters, which serve as an information source on support staff and broader Defence support activities and services.
The Sunny Child Care Centre – 50 Seaward Avenue, Swanbourne.
The Pearce Community Group, connects and supports partners and families in the northern suburbs of Perth, by welcoming and supporting partners and families adjust and become a part of the local community.
During these uncertain times Pearce Community Group is determined to keep the community informed and provide a place to come together.
Even though they had to close their doors Pearce Community Group is still open virtually. Follow them on Facebook to find out more about their online activities
The Pilbara Regiment is located in one of the most remote locations in Australia and has a number of unique challenges for families posted to the region. The PRFG provides opportunities for Defence families in the areas of community engagement, personal growth and development and health and wellbeing. By providing these services the PRFG aims to support the wellbeing of our Defence families living in this remote region. To find out more about their online activities, follow them on Facebook.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.