Community groups and centres

Useful links

Defence maintains community centres and neighbourhood houses around Australia, where community group meetings or family-orientated activities can be held. Information on community groups and centres in the area is available from Your Community on the DCO website.

Australian Air Force Cadets - 332 'City of Wagga Wagga' Squadron

AAFC provides an opportunity for young people aged between 13 and 18 to meet new friends, build confidence and leadership skills, while experiencing a variety of activities both in the air and on the ground.Australian Air Force Cadets 332 Squadron is not parading due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Where: RAAF Base Wagga via Don Kendall Drive gate
When: Tuesdays 6-9.30pm (during school terms)
More information: send an email 
co.332sqn [at] () or visit


Australian Army Cadets - 219 Cadet Unit Wagga Wagga

The Australian Army Cadet provided teenagers with opportunity to develop skills including leadership, initiative, teamwork and problem solving in a safe, challenging and fun environment. 219 Army Cadet Unit is not parading due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Where: 1/19 RNSWR Reserve Depot, Dobbs Street, Wagga Wagga
When: Thursday 6-9pm (during school term)
More Information: or Facebook 219ACU – Wagga Wagga

Kapooka Neighbourhood House

The Kapooka neighbourhood House is all about giving you the opportunity to meet, mingle, socialise, gain friends, share skills, participate in activities and events. We provide the opportunity and venue for you and your family to get involved in a range of exciting activities like book club, study groups, playgroups, social dinners (child free), special guest speakers and seminars, health and fitness groups, holiday activities and youth club. We look forward to seeing you, so come along to the Kapooka Neighbourhood House and join in the fun!

More info: Visit them on Facebook, email kapookaneighbourhoodhouse [at], phone (02) 6971 2015 or visit Kapooka Community Centre Sturt Ave, Kapooka NSW 2661.


Australian Military Wives Choir – Wagga Wagga

The Choir is a place for fun, friendship and the sharing of music. No experience necessary!

More info: Visit their website, contact them via amwc.wagga [at] (email) or follow them on Facebook.



Defence Special Needs Support Group
Defence Special Needs Support Group

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG) provides peer support and a range of programs to support Defence families with special needs. DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia including here in Wagga.

More info: DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia. To find a coordinator near you visit their website.


**Defence families with special needs**

Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides practical assistance to Defence families who have dependants with special needs. This assistance especially focuses on reducing the impact of relocations and minimising any interruption to specialist services that the dependant needs. In order to receive any of the assistance and support services available, you will first need to have your dependant with special needs formally recognised by Defence. Forms and details can be found on the DCO website.


Defence Shed Wagga Wagga

Defence Shed Wagga Inc is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing support and services to current and ex Australian Defence Force personnel, First Responders, and their Families.

DSWW helps fill the gap by offering a community workshop space where members can learn and develop useful skills for hobbies or employment. 

Working closely with TAFE NSW and other valued organisations, DSWW works to develop a number of skill-based workshop courses where members can create and collaborate together.

Based on, and supported by, the highly successful Australian Mens Shed Association framework, DSWW is a community organisation run by and for the community.   

DSWW actively networks with a wide range of support services and Ex-Service organisations to provide members with difficult to reach support. 

More info: Visit or follow on Facebook


The RANCH (RAAF, Army, Navy Community House)

The RANCH is a tri-service community group that aims to provide a friendly environment for Defence spouses and families to socialise and make new friends while posted to Wagga. They organise community activities such as boot camps, first aid, cooking, paint ball, discos, ladies’ nights, family BBQs and lots more!

More info: Join the Facebook group or send them an theranchwagga [at] (email).

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

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.

More info: Check out the Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling website and group programs.

Soldier On – ‘Helping our wounded warriors’

Soldier On provides a suite of services and access to partner organisations to meet the needs of our wounded serving and ex-serving men and women so that they can start their journey on their road to recovery. They offer support staff, psychological assistance, links with local services and a support network of other veterans and families.

Soldier On also has Reintegration and Recovery Centres throughout Australia as part of its Reintegration and Recovery Network. These centres are located in Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast.

More info: Visit their website, phone 1300 620 380 or like their Facebook page to find a centre near you and learn how to get involved. Soldier On are always looking for volunteers to fundraise and spread the good word!


The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia

The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (PVA) is a nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the ADF, offering support, friendship, information and understanding. PVA believes there is a great need for support for all partners/carers, widows/widowers and families of Australian veterans, both now and in the future.  

More info: Visit their website to connect with your local NSW branch, or find them on Facebook.


PCYC Wagga

PCYC Wagga offer a great range of fun and safe activities for the whole community. They love working with the local community to provide quality opportunities for young people to succeed, be it in a sporting or recreational activity or just at being a great citizen. They also have a great group of volunteers that help out at the club and are always on the lookout for more if you’re interested!

More info: Visit their website, waggawagga [at] (email) or phone (02) 6921 5873.