Defence Force Transition Aide (DSTA)

A DSTA is employed at Safety Bay Primary School to facilitate the best possible educational outcome for dependants of Australian Defence Force Members, (ADF).

The DSTA provides direct and flexible assistance to children, parents, teachers and other support services at the school.


The DSTA works under the guidance of the Regional Educational Liaison Officer, (REDLO) to help address the negative impact mobility, deployments, absence from home of one parent and the transitional life have on the Defence student.


The DSTA role includes:

  • Assist the school to understand the needs of ADF families.
  • Provide educational, social and emotional support to ADF students.
  • Act as a Liaison between the Defence Force, the family and the school.
  • Be a point of contact for new and existing ADF families at the school.
  • Assist parents and children to integrate into the school community
  • Inform the school and support families when ADF family members are deployed.
  • Organise activities which welcome and farewell ADF families.
  • Provide individual class support within teaching hours.
  • Provide a common meeting place whereby students can join in various activities, such as craft, games and cooking.
  • Answer basic questions about the school and link families to services provided by the school as well as the ADF services in their locality.
  • Assist families on leaving the school, with collection of work, portfolios and academic records for the new school.
  • Work closely with other DSTAs.
  • Liaise with Defence School Transition Mentor’s (DTM’s) at secondary schools to facilitate the transition from primary to secondary education.


Further information can be obtained by contacting the school or DSTA directly.


The DSTA is available at Safety Bay Primary School on the following days during the school

term:     Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.


You can:

  • Make an appointment to see me
  • Drop by the school office        
  • Contact me by phone    08 9528 3680
  • Send an email

DSTA Newsletter - Term 3


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