A number of online and community networks have been established in South Australia and nationally to support and provide advice to current-serving families. These groups are managed by Defence spouses and family members to facilitate local connections within the community.
Defence Kidz was created to recognise, empower, and celebrate defence and veteran children. It not only advocates for positive change but also creates and distributes ADF specific resources and activities for defence and civilian families who want to learn more about defence life.
South Australia also boasts an extensive network of ex-service organisations that provide a range of specialised social connection, health and wellbeing programs as well as support for children of current and former-serving Defence families.
Legacy works to ensure that families where the veteran mother, father or partner has passed away or is ill or injured as a result of service can access support including income support, school-age and tertiary education support and socialisation activities.
MESHA offers a range of programs to support military members, emergency service personnel and their families to successfully transition to civilian life, understanding identity, improving mental health, overcoming injuries and more.
Kookaburra Kids delivers services to young people impacted by family mental illness with the aim of empowering them to build resilience, lifelong knowledge and abilities to help them reach their potential. The program provides free recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet others in similar family circumstances and develop new friendships.