Defence School Mentor Program

​​​ Transition program makes school integration process easy for ADF families

Catholic schools are passionate about supporting our Defence force families and proudly participate in the Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program.

Based in our schools located close to Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, and RAAF Base Amberley, Ipswich, DSM​ aides (primary school) and mentors (secondary school) understand the issues Defence families face when transitioning to a new school.

Aides and mentors work with principals and staff to build school capability to support Defence families through direct and flexible on-site assistance to students, parents, teachers and other support services.


Their roles include:

  • Helping with enrolment procedures
  • Obtaining resources to ensure your child/children arrive at school with the correct uniform, books and stationery
  • Referring your child/children to services or school and community programs that meet their needs
  • Providing support to your child/children during times of parental absence
  • Assisting your child/children to develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience
  • Monitoring the social, emotional wellbeing and personal issues of your child/children, such as friendships, peer groups and classroom difficulties
  • Enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools
  • Organising various activities including ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day


BCE schools close to RAAF Base Amberley:


BCE schools close to Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera:


*schools with Defence School Transition aides/mentors