Key contacts in region

DHA - Adelaide

Location: Level 1, 1 Main Street, Mawson Lakes, Mawson SA 5095

Phone: 139 342


DFA - South Australian 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: Melissa Hughes

Email: sa [at]

About Melissa
Our family of five has been a part of the Defence family for six years now, and what an amazing experience it has been. We have had postings to Albury Wodonga, Brisbane and now we are currently based in Adelaide. I love what this lifestyle can bring to our family; friends all over the country, travel opportunities and sense of family even when you may be states away from your own. My husband serving in the Army has allowed me to fulfil my dream of being a stay at home mum and caring full time for our three sons. During this time I have been able to study and I now take on this opportunity with DFA to support and advocate for Defence families. I am excited to be here in South Australia and look forward to working closely with families and Defence members. Together, I believe we can make the best of this lifestyle and grasp each opportunity by both hands. Please email me if I can assist you with any local issues or if you have any concerns that you think needs to be raised.

DCO - Adelaide

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: Building 60 Keswick Barracks, Keswick SA 5035.

DCO Adelaide also has an outreach office at:

  • RAAF Base Edinburgh: Chapliancy Centre, West Ave, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA 5111. (08) 8305 6231 by appointment only.


Email: DCO.SouthAustralia [at]

Phone: (08) 8305 6231


Defence Family Helpline
1800 624 608