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Army June 7, 2012
DEFENCE families from across Australia gathered
at Darling Harbour in Sydney to explore the future
of military family support at the 2012 Defence
Family Forum held from April 30-May 2.
The forum, hosted by Defence Community
Organisation (DCO), was an opportunity for families to
shape the support they would need from Defence and
the community, and to identify practical solutions to the
demands of service life.
Opening the forum, CDF Gen David Hurley
acknowledged the commitment, support and sacrifices
made by Defence families.
"The Defence Family Forum marks an important
step in Defence's cultural evolution and is an oppor-
tunity for us all to capture that which makes Defence
families strong and make the most of these strengths,"
"Engaging with Defence families in this meaningful
way will both improve the quality of Defence's current
programs of support and also help us reach out to the
Based on the theme "Strong families, strong com-
munities, strong Defence", the forum examined how
Defence families could overcome challenges and make
the most of the opportunities presented, as well as their
role connecting with and leading the wider Australian
Several special guests gave presentations including
Gen Hurley's wife, Defence community patron Linda
"Every posting has been a matter of adapting and
reinventing my life," Mrs Hurley said.
"I encourage families to be proactive -- it takes cour-
age, but it leads to a sense of belonging, not only in the
Defence family, but in our community."
Through a series of workshops and discussions,
forum participants developed a range of ideas and strat-
egies for supporting military families, some of which
will be turned into projects and developed over the
The project ideas included building a centralised
website to help families become familiar with new
posting locations, establishing a group of experienced
Defence partners to mentor newer Defence partners and
building community gardens for mobile families.
Later this year DCO will host the Defence
Community Forum to build on the projects and ideas
established during the Defence Family Forum.
For more information on the 28 projects planned at the forum, go
to www.defence.gov.au/dco/ and click on Defence Family Forum.
Forum held in Sydney
Top cover: CDF Gen David Hurley opens the
Defence Family Forum at Darling Harbour.
of military life
during a panel
LAC David Said
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