Australian Defence Force 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 coming weeks.
FILE PHOTO (2020): Australian Defence Force members and families at the Defence Community Organisation Welcome to Sydney/Liverpool event at Luna Park, Sydney. Photo by Able Seaman Benjamin Ricketts.
Hosted by Defence Community Organisation, the events will showcase local community and government services, and provide information about education, partner employment assistance, recreation and support services available in the new-posting area.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said each year ADF members took up new postings across Australia for promotions, career development or new opportunities and that welcome events were a great opportunity for defence families to meet each other and get to know their new local area.
“Each of the local Defence Community Organisation offices across Australia works with 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.
Mr Chester said for more information about events and the support services available to ADF members and their families, visit the Defence Community Organisation website [where you will find no link (that I could find) to the subject events] or call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.