Supporting the Australian Defence Force Members and their families.


The Hunter Defence Support Network (HDSN) was formed in 2015 as a single-purpose community support and advocacy group focused on improving the lifestyle of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families whilst posted to the Hunter Region.

HDSN works in partnership with the ADF and the Hunter Community to raise support for base programs and activities. We educate the community and advocate for base interests. Each year, HDSN works with Defence leadership to determine specific ways to support the men and women of ADF who serve our country.

The Hunter Community and the ADF have been close neighbours for over 75 years and RAAF Base Williamtown continues to be one of the largest single employers in the region.

Following the successful launch of the network at RAAF Base Williamtown, HDSN will expand its reach to include Lone Pine Barracks at Singleton and Bullecourt Barracks at Adamstown.

HDSN’s ability to assist projects depends on community support and assistance. To that end, HDSN actively seeks financial and in-kind sponsorships.

HDSN is governed by a volunteer board of directors who meet monthly to provide strategic guidance and direction for the organisation. The board is made up of a cross-section of business and community leaders with a diverse mixture of professional disciplines and a unique passion for supporting local ADF members and their families.