Community groups and centres

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.

Leichhart One Mile Community Centre

Leichhardt Community Group was originally established in 1984 to provide a means of assistance to wives who had husbands serving in the RAAF. Later the service was expanded to include all members of the local community in and around the suburbs of Leichhardt, One Mile and Wulkuraka, and has continued to provide this support and welfare services ever since. The Amberley Playgroup runs from the Leichhart One Mile Community Centre. 

More info: Visit their website, LOMCC [at] (email) or phone (07) 3812 1270.  


Amberley Defence Families

Amberley Defence Families is a Facebook page that has been created for families of Defence members based at Amberley. There is no pre-requisite to join – your family can consist of babies, young children, teenagers or no kids. The group offers the opportunity to chat and meet with other Defence families online.


Autism Queensland

Autism Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for a life of participation, opportunity and choice for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide specialised education, therapy and support services for people of all ages with ASD and their families and are Queensland's longest serving and most experienced agency in the delivery of early intervention, education and training, therapy and respite care. 

More info: Visit their website to connect with their many offices throughout QLD. 


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 the Ipswich region.

More info: You can contact the DSNSG National Office on 1800 037 674 or national.coordinator [at], or visit their website for more details.


**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.


Ipswich Civic Centre

Since 1975, the premier cultural destination for Ipswich has been a focal point for the culture, community and corporate life of the region. Today, it has grown to become a centre of excellence in events, entertainment, exhibitions and even more.

More info: Visit their website to learn what’s on at the Civic Centre.


RSL Queensland

RSL Queensland has evolved to be the largest ex-service organisation in the state, with over 240 Sub Branches across 10 districts offering practical assistance including: Assistance with DVA claims; emergency financial assistance; home and hospital visits; short-term emergency accommodation; low cost housing; bereavement assistance; comradeship and mateship and connections to other ex-service organisations.

Their staff and volunteers work to: Provide ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services; provide welfare and support for the wounded, injured and ill and their families; honour the memory of those who have served through commemorative events; preserve the spirit of mateship within the ADF community and promote the interests of veterans and ADF members to Government and the wider community.

More info: Visit their website or call (07) 3634 9444.

Little Blessings Toy Library - Amberley

The Amberley Toy Library is a service for parents and their kids to use toys and games they may not otherwise be able to afford, or use large toys they may not have the room to store. They lend to people in temporary accommodation including civilian and Defence families. The toy library is also ideal for mother’s groups and birthday parties where a few extra toys could be handy.

More info: Visit their website, littleblessingstoylibrary [at] (email), phone 0448 617 990 or follow their Facebook page.


New Residents Orientation Tours

Moving into a new area is very exciting, and to help you settle in, Ipswich City Council would like to invite you and other members of your family to join them on a free orientation tour of Ipswich.                

More info: Visit their website, or to make a booking call the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre on (07) 3281 0555.


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 QLD branch, or find them on Facebook.


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!


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. 

More info: Check out the VVCS Group Programs and VVCS Group Programs calendar.