Dads in Distress

Free help for separated dads. 100% no catch. We are dads, helping dads.

Keeping dads alive and in their kids lives since 1999.

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HELPLINE - 1300 853 437

National support line, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm AEDT, Saturday 10am-5pm AEDT (closed Sunday)

Physical Peer-Support Groups


Thursday 6pm

The Family Place, 35A North Road, Woodridge, QLD 4114

"down the driveway beside the park, in the community centre called 'the family place'"

Tuesday - 6:30pm

Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Third Ave, Palm Beach, QLD 4221


Tuesday - 7pm

2nd floor, 48 Chippen St, Chippendale NSW

CLOSED Re-opens 19th Jan

Tuesday - 6:30pm

22 Earl St, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

Wednesday - 7pm

St Peter's Anglican Church Hornsby, 207 Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby, 2077

Wednesday - 7:30pm

Swim Club (above sea pool), bottom of carpark off Lumsdaine Dr, Freshwater


Tuesday - 7:30pm

Glen Park Community Centre, 30 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North, 3153


Wednesday - 7:30pm

Orwil Street Community House,
16 Orwil Street, Frankston, 3199

Thursday - 7:30pm

Warragul Community House,
138 Normanby St, Warragul, 3820


  • All dads regardless of location are welcome to join any/all online meetings

  • These meetings are conducted secure online video conferencing

  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting

  • On a mobile? Click this link, rotate mobile into landscape view, select 'agenda'


  • Some in-person groups are currently suspended due to COVID-19

  • These groups meet at local venues, typically once a week

  • Calendar shows start times based on your device timezone setting

  • On a mobile? Click this link, rotate mobile into landscape view, select 'agenda'

About Dads in Distress

Every second weekend

2010 Tropfest Australia Finalist film (6min 9secs)

Steve, one of our dads talks about his experience with DIDs

What do people say about us?

Best of all, we didn't ask or pay them to say it either :)

Support Helpline

National support line, call 1300 853 437, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday), 09:00-17:00 AET, or email us on

24/7 Online Chat & Forum

Jump on to our Virtual Verandah, a private online platform allowing you to get & give help to dads nation-wide. Operates via browser or mobile app.

Online Support Meetings

Talk live with dads just like you across Australia. Check the calendar below, select a date that works, click to register. You'll be emailed details how to join.

In-person Support Groups

Some community based groups & mentors are active now! But some are still temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. See calendar below.

Separation Checklist

Where to start? What are all the things you wish you knew about now, but that you might not think about before it's too late? Here's a good place to start.

External Support Links

A bunch of links to services most dads we support would probably want to know about. If any are missing, let us know and we'll get them added.