Staffed by social workers, teachers, and Military Support Officers, DCO provides:
critical incident support for death or illness of ADF members;
short-term counselling and referrals for family and relationship issues;
specialist relocation and posting support - preparing for and making moves, connecting with the community, advice on schools and support available to Defence children
deployment and managing absence support-how to assist children and families managing the Defence lifestyle, scheduling of support events
advice on DCO National Programs in relation to education assistance, child care, partner employment, community grants
support to units on base.
DCO provides a 24 hour emergency hotline for currently serving members and their family.