Defence Family Matters
Defence Family Matters is a free lifestyle magazine designed for Defence families. In DFM you can find articles celebrating Defence families, advice and tips for managing deployment, family member absence, relocation and posting and other aspects of military life. The magazine also publishes information on family support services available from Defence and the community, and news about changes in the Defence environment that affect families. The magazine is sent out three times a year (in April, July and December) to all ADF members who have one or more dependants and are permanent or continuous Service.
Defence Community Organisation
When you move to a new location, call the Defence Family Helpline to request a copy of the Welcome Guide for that posting location. Also ask DCO to include your personal email address on the Community Email Database so you can keep in touch with upcoming DCO activities and news from Defence Community Groups.
Start a Group
DCO offers grants to community groups that deliver support and services of value to Defence families. Grants are one-off payments which must be spent before the end of the same financial year in which they are awarded. Any not-for-profit, incorporated group representing a significant number of Defence families can apply for a grant, provided they run programs which help overcome the effects of mobility and address the needs of Defence families.