Father and Son

Parenting Support

Council has several departments that are dedicated to ensuring our community has access to quality services to support the needs of families and children within the municipality. 

SmallTalk Playgroups and Home Coaching

The SmallTalk Playgroup program is delivered by a qualified Playgroup facilitator during a Supported Playgroup (usually two hours per week), implementing evidence-based strategies and resources that are shared with parents.  Some parents are eligible for In-Home parenting support to help implement the strategies learnt in their homes.

Maternal and Child Health

The City of Greater Dandenong Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service is a free, confidential service providing child health and developmental checks, information, advice and support to families with young children from birth until 6 years of age. 

New Directions Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program resources

The New Directions Program funded by the Federal Government focuses on providing improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and mothers. Information and resources created for this program can be found below. 

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Immunisation Services

Immunisation is a free service provided by the City of Greater Dandenong to protect the health and wellbeing of your children. Immunisation not only protects your child from serious diseases, but also other children in the community. 

For more information about New Directions Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program resources:

Youth and Family Support Team

The Youth and Family Support team work with families referred through Child FIRST, and focus on building parenting skills that promote the ongoing safety, stability, wellbeing and development of your children. Youth and Family Support staff work with you and your children in a case management approach. They can also refer you to the right services and groups that will support the individual needs of your family.

For further information about parenting support services, please contact Customer Service on 8571 1000, or email: council@cgd.vic.gov.au

For external support regarding After Hours Parenting, please refer to the list below. 


After Hours Parenting Support


Health Support

Maternal and Child Health Line
Phone: 13 22 29
Qualified Maternal and Child Health nurses provide information, support and advice to Victorian families with children from birth to school age (5 years old) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Nurse on Call
Phone: 1300 60 60 24
This telephone service provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Poisons Information Centre
Phone: 13 11 26
24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week advice on poisoning, bites and stings.

Breast Feeding Help Line
Phone: 1800 686 268
The Breastfeeding Helpline is available seven days a week. It is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system in their own homes.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

Phone: 1300 224 636
Information and support about depression.

Phone: 13 11 14
Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service. They are a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support.

Parent Line
Phone: 13 22 89
This parenting telephone counselling service is available to parents and carers of children aged from birth to 18 years throughout Victoria. (The service does not provide legal or medical information). 8am-midnight, 7 days a week.

Phone: 9791 6111
Assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to improve their life circumstances by providing access to stable, affordable and safe accommodation.

Family Violence Support

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Phone: 8413 6800
Gives voice and provides culturally sensitive services, statewide, to meet the needs of women and children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CALD) backgrounds affected by domestic violence. The service operates Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Safe Steps 
Phone: 9322 3555/1800 015 188
24 hour phone line service for women and children experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner, another family member or someone close to them.


Phone: 1800 737 732 (24 hours)
Support for family violence and sexual assault.

Women’s Legal Service Victoria:
Phone: 8622 0600
Free legal services for disadvantaged women to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence.

Orange Door:  The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

The New Directions Program funded by the Federal Government focuses on providing improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and
Maternal and Child Health is a free service for families with young children from birth until school age.
Playgroups provide a social opportunity for families with children aged 0-5 years to meet, play and learn.