Defence Transition Mentor Program

Tranby College is aware of the unique educational needs of students whose parents work within the Australian Defence Force as a result of their mobile lifestyle and long absences due to deployment and training. As a school that strives to help each student reach their full potential, we are very proud to provide specialised support to ADF students and their families within the Tranby College community.

What the Defence Program looks like in the day-to-day life of your child/children at Tranby College:

  • Regular classroom interaction in the Junior School
  • Senior School student support
  • Emotional, social and education support
  • Monitoring student day-to-day social and emotional wellbeing
  • Development of skills such as self-confidence and resiliency
  • Engagement in social events and opportunities

Overall, the Defence Program here at Tranby College seeks to provide personalised support with consideration for your child’s individual needs, by building strong relationships and developing strategies that target the unique challenges ADF students may face during time of parental absence or relocation.

Defence Schools Mentor (DSM)

Shannon Walz

Email –

Phone – 08 9523 3166

 The role of the Defence Schools Mentor is to work holistically with staff, ADF parents and students, as well as the Defence Community Organisation in order to alleviate the concerns and challenges that result, in part due to the unique lifestyle of serving within the Australian Defence Force.  

Our Defence Schools Mentor is available at the College before, during and after school on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as being contactable via email or phone. Please feel free to make contact with me if you have any concerns or for further information about the program.

Other Available Support

The Defence Community Organisation (DCO) offers a broad range of targeted programs and services to support ADF personnel and their families in the hope of relieving the demands and challenges associated with military service and training.

Our local DCO located in Rockingham is available to assist serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families through the provision of:

  • Support in the time of crisis
  • Employment assistance
  • Professional counselling
  • Childcare assistance
  • Information on Defence matters
  • Specialist education advice and assistance
  • Assistance for dependents with relocation
  • Support during deployment and relocation

DCO Rockingham

08 9591 9596

23 Chalgrove Avenue, Rockingham WA 6168

ADF Mental Health Strategy All Hours Support Line

1800 628 036

Defence Family Helpline (DFH)

1800 624 608