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.

Battery Point Community Association

The Battery Point Community Association was founded in 1948 as a member-based community group of the residents, property owners and business owners of Battery Point. By joining the association (for only $10 per year), you have access to community activities, the community hall and community facilities that connect you to fellow locals and their families.

More info: Visit their website to join or contact the association.


Bellerive Community Arts Centre

Bellerive Community Arts Centre offers a range of community arts activities held seven days a week. Workshops include textiles, card making, painting and drawing, and basketry. Membership is $30 per year.

More info: Visit their website, bellerivearts [at] (email) or phone (03) 6245 1036.



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 Tasmania.

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.


Dowsing Point Community Centre

The centre is run by a Coordinator who reports to a Volunteer Management Committee consisting of Defence personnel, Defence spouses and members of the wider community. Some of the services offered include regular craft workshops and playgroups, health and wellbeing programs, work and lifestyle information sessions and workshops, and support and referral services for the Defence and wider community.

More info: Contact the Coordinator by phoning (03) 6237 7471 or emailing dpcctas [at] You can also like their Facebook page for regular updates.


Family Relationship Centre Hobart

The Hobart Family Relationship Centre provides information and referrals for families at any stage of their relationships, as well as individual interviews, information sessions and joint Family Dispute Resolution sessions for separating or separated families as appropriate. Staff at the Centre provide advice on parenting after separation and help parents focus on the needs of their children.

More info: Visit their website or phone 1300 364 277.

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.


Rosny Farm

Rosny Farm is a unique cultural centre in the City of Clarence and is home to the Barn, Schoolhouse Gallery and Rosny Cottage. The Barn plays host to recitals, concerts, exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The Schoolhouse Gallery is the only public gallery on the eastern shore of Hobart and is a venue for exhibitions of contemporary and community art and historically themed exhibitions.

More info: Visit their website, schoolhouse [at] (email) or phone (03) 6217 9606.


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 TAS branch, or find them on Facebook.


Womensport and Recreation Tasmania Inc.

Womensport and Recreation Tasmania is a dynamic group dedicated to improving opportunities in sport and regular physical activity for women and girls. They are committed to promoting and supporting involvement, achievement, excellence and equal opportunity for women and girls in sport and physical activity in Tasmania. Current workshops include women in sport leadership and media skills.  

More info: Visit their website, admin [at] (email) or phone 0422 442 863.  


Youth Arts and Recreation Centre

The Youth Arts & Recreation Centre is a creative, exciting, safe and engaging space for all young people aged 12–25. It’s a great place to meet up with friends, get involved in art, music or recreation workshops, use facilities, check out an art exhibition or see a music gig. Best of all, most things are free!

More info: Visit their website or phone (03) 6231 5150.