Key contacts in region

DHA - Melbourne

Location: Suite 305, Level 3, 120 Bay Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Phone: 139 342


DFA - Victorian 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: Gabrielle Sasse

Email: vic.tas [at]

About Gabrielle
As the spouse of a serving member of the ADF, as well as a career woman and mother, I have a good understanding of some of the challenges facing Defence families. During our married life, we have navigated new postings, relocations, housing issues, and deployments as part of the journey. The ability to adapt to change has been a constant, and we have loved each posting experience we have had along the way. Combining service requirement with supporting the needs of the wider Defence family community are pivotal to a successful ADF, and something I am passionate about. With a background in law, I have spent my working life as a lawyer and legal manager in our posting locations. Having returned home to Melbourne, I am looking forward to assisting to identify local issues affecting families, advocating to mitigate impacts and working for change that will benefit Defence families.

DCO - Melbourne

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: 1st Floor, 661 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3001.

There are outreach offices at:

  • Simpson Barracks: DCO Simpson Barracks Outreach Stevens Street, Building 178 Simpson Barracks, Macleod 3085. (03) 9282 3028 by appointment only
  • RAAF Williams Laverton: Building L425, Charlesworth Parade, RAAF Williams, Laverton, VIC 3028. Located next to the Defence Bank. (03) 9282 3028 by appointment only


Email: DCO.Melbourne [at]

Phone: (03) 9282 3028


Defence Family Helpline
1800 624 608