Scouts & Defence Force Families

Scouts Youth having fun at an event. Arms wide and smiling.

Did you know Scouts Australia and Defence Force Families signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2008?

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) and Scouts Australia engaged in a partnership with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) community by mutually supporting a program to support Defence Forces families engage in the Scout Program in the context of the unique transient lifestyles of ADF families.

  • Branches receiving transfers in of youth members and leaders waive membership fees for the remainder of that Branch’s financial year when the transfer of youth members and leaders occurs within a Scout Financial Year.

On average, there are 24,000 Defence Forces postings each year, with the majority being families with dependents.

Scouts WA aims to support youth at a local level by ensuring there is a clear, simple pathway for membership for DFA families.

Young people are encouraged and facilitated to join their local Scout Group either as new members or to continue their Scouting experience. The agreement aims to lessen the impact of translocation and engagement in a new community for young people and their families overall.

Our partnership also has the potential to provide benefits for parents, carers and other Defence Forces members who may wish to engage in their community as members of the Scout Group Committee and as Leaders.

This is a program to support Defence Families and local Scout Groups to engage together in Scouting in a local community. It is not a program run by the National Team.

For more information on this initiative, please contact us: