Family Support

The Family Assistance Support Team – or ‘FAST’ – is a meeting of a diverse mix of like-minded people from a range of organisations with one clear goal in mind – to provide support to and build resilience in our Defence members and their families while posted to Blamey Barracks.

The bi-monthly FAST meetings are the forum in which representatives from all of the Blamey Barracks Units get to discuss family-related matters with representatives from the Defence Community Organisation (DCO), Defence Families Australia (DFA), Riverina Community College (RCC), Estate Services – Wagga (ES-W), Kapooka Neighbourhood House (KNH), Kapooka Early Learning Centre and the Defence Schools Transitions Aides / Mentors from Kapooka Primary, Kooringal Primary and High Schools and Wagga Christian College.

ARTC maintains strong partnerships with the Riverina Community College, Charles Sturt University, Riverina TAFE and Legacy, in which the Kapooka Military Areas Charities Committee funds a range of VET-based and Tertiary Education Scholarships to selected people with demonstrable links to Army and Kapooka.

The Commandant of ARTC has recently awarded two “Kapooka Spouse Ready for Work” Scholarships this year. These scholarships are made to spouses of 1 RTB members, and assist in their completion of a Certificate Level III or higher training course conducted at the Riverina Community College. The two scholarships were awarded to Mrs Arlene Phillips, wife of SSGT Barry Phillips from the Central Q Store, and Ms Alison Law, wife of SGT Jay Chapman from Echo Coy.

In March, the Commandant also launched his Base Resilience Plan. This booklet is intended to provide information to Defence families about the support mechanisms and opportunities that exist to enhance connectedness and cohesion in order to create and support a resilient Defence community. Copies are available by emailing artc.reception@defence.gov.au