Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation Ltd

Kookaburra Kids’ program is dedicated to supporting the unique needs of children from serving and ex-serving ADF families.

Our programs are free for qualifying Defence kids - and content is specific to the experience of Defence families, as we understand they face challenges of transitioning into new schools, parental absence due to postings or deployment, stigma around mental illness and stories of trauma or tragic loss. This can effect their ability to form friendships or know where to seek help.

Our aim is to intervene early through our kid-friendly programs, to help build coping and resilience skills. We facilitate unforgettable experiences for children giving them a break and provide a safe, neutral environment to share their experiences with children living in similar situations.

It is a confidential service, where the identity of the serving/ex-serving member is not disclosed to any external parties.


Children aged 8-18 years who have a family member with a mental illness   


Our camps provide children with an essential break from their carer role, as well as the chance to participate in a range of fun, confidence building activities, such as canoeing, archery, giant swings, go-karts and much more.

Camp also provides the children with an opportunity to form new friendships with kids who are going through similar situations.


Held during the school holidays, Kookaburra Kids activity days are simply a day out to have some fun. They provide a chance for the kids in the program to catch up between camps. They can include trips to the movies, bowling, picnics, surf days, putt putt golf and general outings. 

The Kookaburra Kids Defence Program for serving and ex-serving ADF families has been funded by Department of Veterans' Affairs and Defence Community Organisation.