Ex-service organisations

These Queensland-based organisations work to support serving and ex-serving personnel of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF), their dependants and direct family members.

Ex-Service Organisation Directory

The Ex-Service Organisation Directory is a listing of organisations within Queensland that exists to assist current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families.

Bravery Trust

Bravery Trust assists current and former ADF members and their families who are suffering illness or injury with financial support.

Defence Community Organisation (DCO) Transitions

DCO Transitions provides a range of support services to ADF members leaving Defence to make the transition to civilian life as smooth and successful as possible.

Veterans' Support Group QLD

This group provides legal support to past or present members of the ADF who have been wounded or have suffered an injury or illness and are experiencing difficulty dealing with a claim.

Vietnam Veterans Association Australia Queensland (VVAA)

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Queensland Branch Inc. provides many support programs throughout Queensland for the benefit of current and ex-service personnel and their families.

War Widows Guild

The War Widows Guild aims to protect the interests of war widows by providing friendship and comfort to those in similar circumstances, particularly during their time of loss of a partner.

Returned Services League (RSL)

RSL (Queensland Branch) is committed to supporting current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families. They offer:

  • counselling
  • visits to the wounded, injured and ill
  • housing and crisis support
  • professional advice on accessing entitlements.

Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)

TPI Queensland is dedicated to a single purpose in building better lives for Australia’s disabled veterans and their families.


Provides services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.

Young Diggers

Young Diggers provides a variety of support services and programs to help serving and ex-serving personnel of the Australian Defence Force, their dependants and direct family members.

Defence Welfare Association (DFWA)

Promotes and protects the interests of serving and former members of the Australian Defence Force.

The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (PVA)

The PVA QLD Inc. was established with the aim of helping partners of veterans. This ‘partner-to-partner’ support is the keystone of the association’s local Queensland groups.

Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia (VVFA)

The VVFA maintains centres of excellence throughout Australia, providing cost-free quality advice and assistance to war veterans, peacekeepers and peacemakers, and all current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

The Naval Association Queensland

The Naval Association is not just a social club, although mateship is at the core of its ethos, but a dynamic and contemporary organisation supporting the naval family in a wide range of ways.

The RAAF Association Queensland

The aim of the RAAF Association is to foster the spirit of friendship formed on service and to perpetuate the honour and ideals of the Royal Australian Air Force and other designated services.

Queensland Men’s Shed Association

Men’s sheds have sprung up across Queensland, providing a space where men from all walks of life can work together on meaningful projects within their communities, or simply share some time and a cuppa.

Defence Families of Australia

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Supporting current and ex-serving ADF members and their immediate families who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service.

Other help

You can also refer to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) listing of ex-service organisations for national services.