Key contacts in region

DHA - Hunter

Location: Suite 2, 45D Fitzroy Street, Carrington NSW 2294

Phone: 139 342


DFA - Central and Northern NSW Delegate

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official body appointed by government to represent the views of Defence Families. Its aim is to inform government and Defence on the needs of the family. Its goal is to ensure quality of life for all Defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that directly affects families.

Contact: Toni Purton

Email: central.nsw [at]

About Toni
I am excited and privileged to be given the opportunity to be part of the DFA organisation for a second term as the Central & Northern NSW Delegate. My husband and I have been part of Defence life for 25 years now. Like all of us, that equates to a number of postings, setting up new homes, new schools and making new friends. I am mum to two and step mum to one. We are currently posted to Sydney. The majority of my working career was in Administration and Project Management. Since making the decision to be a stay at home mum, my time has included working on my own small business and volunteering on Kindergarten and School Committees in all our posting locations. I look forward to continue working closely with Defence families to support and advocate for those in this region and to continue the work with the DFA team from around Australia for the benefit of all our families. If you have an issue or concern you would like to raise, please send me an email.

DCO - Hunter/Williamtown

DCO provides assistance for partner’s employment, help with childcare assistance for dependants with special needs, social worker support, support for community groups, help for families during crisis and emergencyeducation support for children and assistance for members leaving the military. Your local DCO office can provide you with local information, access to support and information services, and organises events and get-togethers for Defence families.

Location: RAAF Base, Building 527, McNamara Drive, Williamtown NSW 2314


Email: DCO.HunterRIMS [at]

Phone: (02) 4034 6973 or 1800 624 608


DCO Singleton

Location: Customer Service Centre, Symons VC Drive, Singleton NSW 2331


Email: DCO.HunterRIMS [at]

Phone: (02) 4034 6973


Defence Family Helpline
1800 624 608