Childcare and schools

School kids

Child care

Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here

More childcare resources
The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family:


Defence School Mentors

The Defence School Mentor Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly when changing schools on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school mentors in primary and secondary schools are funded by the Department of Defence through Defence Community Organisation (DCO). They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.


Primary schools with Defence School Mentors


High schools with Defence School Mentors

VIC School Terms

Click here to see school terms for Victoria for 2019 - 2025.


DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

All Victorian children aged between six and 17 must attend school. Grade ‘Prep’ (preparatory year) to Grade six attend primary school. Victorian secondary school is from Year seven to Year 12. To attend a government school in Victoria, your child must be five years of age by 30 April of the year they start school.

Enrolment Information

  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for VIC primary & secondary schools

VIC School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in VIC during 2018.



There is a range of tertiary institutions in Melbourne including: