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.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND CONNECTIONS FOR FAMILIES POSTING
NATIONAL HELPLINES:

Defence Special Needs Support Group Inc 1800 037 674
Defence Community Organisation 1800 624 608
Defence Families Australia 1800 100 509
Kookaburra Kids 1300 566 525 or 02 9525 7474
Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling (VVCS) 1800 011 046
Lifeline 13 11 14
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) 1800 277 328
Autism Advisory and Support Service 02 9601 2844
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre 1800 052 222
Centrelink Financial Assistance 13 27 17
Housing Support risk of homelessness NSW: 1800 152 152 NT: 1800 682 288  SA 1800 003 308 TAS 1800 800 588 VIC 1800 825 955 WA 1800 199 008

Samaritans Disability Service 1300 656 336 NSW Area

Defence Care: 02 8088 0388

The Royal Australian Air Force Welfare Trust Fund: 02 6265 4632

Army Relief Trust funds: 02 6265 3715

All programs, with the exception of Posting Plans and the Family Emergency Care Plan, will cease being available between 30th November 2018 till 1st February 2019.