Defence Community Organisation (DCO)

The Defence Community Organisation (DCO) offers a broad range of programs and services to support ADF families in balancing military life with personal and family commitments.

DCO Cairns assists Defence families in meeting the challenges of the military way of life by providing support at times of crisis, building skills and connecting them with their local communities. DCO works with Defence families and community organisations and groups to develop projects, ideas and initiatives which help build a strong, connected and resilient Defence community.

The DCO team is staffed by Social workers, a Military Support Officer, Regional Education Liaison Officer, Family Liaison Officer and Administration Officer who can help you and your family with a range of services including:

Crisis/Emergency support

  • Intervention and referral for personal and family problems
  • Relationship counselling
  • Information and referral to local services and facilities
  • Education advice and assistance
  • Employment assistance
  • Child Care
  • Health concerns
  • Information on general Defence matters
  • Remote Area Visits – Weipa, Thursday Island & Mt Isa

To ensure that you are notified of upcoming DCO events please register your contact details: e-mail: dco.cairnsfunctions@defence.gov.au or phone: 07 4053 9300

Online Resources and Support

DCO Cairns Office

The DCO Cairns office is located at 97 Spence Street, Cairns.  Office hours are 0830 – 1700 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Ph: 07 4053 9300       Fax: 07 4032 1340      E-mail: dco.cairns@defence.gov.au

In the event of an emergency after hours please contact the NWCC on 1800 801 026.


This service is confidential and provided free of charge to Australian Defence Force personnel and their families