In late 1993 a small group of families, each caring for someone with special needs came together to form the Defence Special Needs Support Group. During 1994, this small group spread its wings across Australia and now as we enter our 20th year of operation, we continue to provide support, information and assistance to ADF Families with Special Needs both here in Australia and overseas.
The Defence Special Needs Support Group has groups right across Australia. Even if we do not have a group in your town or city, please contact our national office on 1800 037 674 to find out more information on DSNSG activities near your area.
IMPORTANT BUSH FIRE INFORMATION
Information for Defence Families in need of help during bush fires
With these bushfires and many Defence Families posting around Australia there is no doubt some of our ADF families are part of those affected. Below is some information that may be of some assistance.
Defence Community Organisation
ADF families affected by bushfires can access a range of support through Defence as well as federal and state government, and non-government organisations. Defence Community Organisation can provide advice and connect you with emergency, legal and financial support, mental health services and support services including for those with special needs. Call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for detailed information and follow DCO on social media for regular updates.
Visit the DCO website for detailed information, including handouts on bushfire support and coping in an emergency: www.defence.gov.au/DCO/emergency
Payments from Services Australia (Centrelink) Assistance is available if you can show you lost income or have been adversely affected as a direct result of the bushfires. Bushfire-affected Australians in declared regions are able to claim disaster payments from the Services Australia (Centrelink). Impacted people can call 180 22 66. Information on eligibility is available from the Advice for providers
If you are a provider and have been contracted to deliver services to a participant immediately before, during or after the emergency.
The priority is to ensure that disability supports meet the immediate needs of NDIS participants. Please deliver the services required and following the disaster contact the NDIA contact centre on 1800 800 110 or and include Natural Disaster in the subject line. The NDIA will arrange for an urgent plan review post the disaster event.
We understand that natural disasters like bushfires can cause stress and anxiety for many families, especially those who are moving to a new location.
The safety of members and their families is of our utmost concern. If you have any concerns about your upcoming move please do not hesitate to contact us on 139 342.
If any members or their families have any questions about their removal, travel or temporary accommodation we ask that they please contact Toll Transitions on 1800 819 167