Recruit School Support Services


The RAN Recruit School has a Navy Chaplain on staff. The Chaplain is available to provide confidential spiritual and emotional support to recruits, and to assist with the transition from civilian to sailor.


Defence Community Organisation (DCO)

The Defence Community Organisation provides social work, professional assistance to families, and other practical support to recruits and their families on referral by Divisional Staff.

Defence Community Organisation website (external link)


Defence Psychologist

Recruits have access to a full range of psychological support services provided by full-time civilian psychologists at HMAS Cerberus. The primary role of the Defence Psychologist is to assist with matters that arise in the course of training. Recruits may also be referred to a psychologist by Divisional Staff for other matters, such as time management and study technique assistance. Recruits may also refer themselves to the psychologist by submitting a written request to their Divisional Staff.


Health Centre Cerberus (HCC)

The Cerberus Health Centre is a fully equipped medical facility providing medical and dental support to all ADF personnel in the local area. The facility includes a 30 bed ward for in-patients, an outpatients clinic and support services such as x-ray, physiotherapy, podiatry and a pharmacy. The facility is staffed by a combination of Defence and civilian personnel.

Recruits who are unwell attend HCC at programmed times, though those requiring urgent attention can attend at any time on informing Divisional Staff or the Duty Instructor.