Community groups and centres

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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.

Cedar Community Centre

Empowering the community with flexible and quality training, resources and workshops, Cedar Centre offers a range of courses designed to assist students of all ages and backgrounds reach their full potential. Cedar Centre also delivers the Engaging Communities for Learning Project which offers extra support and opportunities for those people who need a second chance or a bit more help.  

More info: Visit their website, info [at] (email) or phone (07) 4512 6770.


East Creek Community Centre

East Creek Community Centre is a catalyst for community development. Their dedicated staff provide services, support, advice, advocacy and professional development. East Creek’s programs are for everyone - children, adolescents, young adults, seniors, people with disabilities, multicultural groups and those who are socially isolated.

More info: Visit their website or phone (07) 4639 2755 to learn more about getting involved.


Highfields Community and Cultural Centre

The Highfields Cultural Centre is only a short 10 minute drive north of Toowoomba. The centre houses the local council service centre and is adjacent to Highfields Fitness and Recreation, pool and local library.

More info: Visit their website or phone (07) 4699 6500.


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
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 the Toowoomba region.

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.


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.

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.


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 or phone 1300 620 380 to find a centre near you and learn how to get involved. Soldier On are also 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 QLD branch, or find them on Facebook


Toowoomba Buddhist Centre

The Toowoomba Buddhist Centre provides a series of courses aimed at introducing people to Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation and its application in Western life. Friends night is held every Thursday evening and womens medication class is held weekly on Tuesday mornings.

More info: Visit their website, tbc [at] (email) or phone (07) 4564 9636.


Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association

Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association (TDFSA) is a support network that organises playgroups and activities for local Defence and civilian families. The Community House also provides a drop-in facility during the week.

More info: Like their Facebook page to learn more.