To The Oasis Crew, Thank you for everything.

You are welcome anytime.

Love from the Cox's "Warnambool Downs" (Nov 2018)

Achievements to Operation FARMER ASSIST VI:

Hours of Labour: 3,917

Value of labour: $163,045

Veterans: 40

Family Members of Veterans: 4

Spouse of a Veteran: 1

Serving ADF Members: 4

Civilians: 4

Operation FARMER ASSIST is on hold due to COVID-19 until further notice

What's this about?


Operation FARMER ASSIST provides members of the ex-ADF community and current serving members of the ADF a platform to use the skills, knowledge and experience they gained during their service.   It's about empowering them to give back and continue to serve their community.  Giving them a sense of purpose, belonging and achievement.  

We take about 12 participants and it's over before you want it to be - in about a week. 

The program enhances healthy lifestyles, through physical activities by volunteering for general labouring, repairs, concreting, fencing and refurbishment and any other task you can think of.   It's about being part of a team and having a good time. The expeditions to western Queensland are about veterans and their friends (including those who are considering transitioning out).


We achieve a WIN-WIN. Firstly, we give desperately needed help to our friends on the land, and secondly, we help veterans build community identity outside the ADF.  The camaraderie, teamwork and reward for hard work are hallmarks of what is achieved. In achieving this we have learnt we need to diversify the group from just veterans and so we include in the team mix: veterans' family members and our veterans' civilian mates. The expeditions have also proven very helpful for some serving ADF in supporting their transition into the community. 


If you want to bring a close mate we'll accommodate them too.  It's all about connection and integration with community. 

Are You:

  • a veteran?

  • currently serving in the ADF?

  • someone that has served our community (Fire, Police, Ambo, Nurse, SES etc...)?

  • a civilian just wanting to make a difference?

  • a mate of any of the above?


Do You:

  • Need something to do? (without quals)

  • Need to get away?

  • Want to make a difference?

  • Want to be part of a small team of like-minded people

  • Come out West with us for a week, helping our farmers doing jobs they struggle to get to!

Past Expeditions:
FARMER ASSIST VIII (25 Aug - 1 Sep 2020)
FARMER ASSIST VII (25 Jul - 1 Aug 2020) 
FARMER ASSIST VI (2 - 9 September 2019)

  • Wando Station

  • 7 major property tasks completed

  • 441 volunteer hours

  • $18,399 value of labour

  • Participation:

    • 6 veterans​

    • 1 serving ADF

    • 1 veteran family member

    • 2 civilians

FARMER ASSIST V (2 - 10 July 2019)

  • Relocating dinosaur tracks and a bullring of other community tasks/activities (completing MX track, Cotswold Station, and lambing at Goolma)

  • 1170 volunteer hours

  • $48,812 value of labour

  • Participation:

    • 7 veterans​

    • 1 serving ADF

    • 1 veteran family member

    • 2 civilians

FARMER ASSIST IV (19-26 May 2019 )


  • Cotswold Station

  • Dismantling and rebuilding a family room and laying lino in two rooms

  • 392 volunteer hours

  • $16,354 value of labour

  • Participation:

    • 6 veterans​

    • 1 veteran family member

FARMER ASSIST III (23-30 April 2019)


  • Community project to help lift the spirits of local families

  • 728 volunteer hours

  • $30,000 value of labour

  • Participation:

    • 6 veterans​

    • 2 serving ADF

    • 1 veteran family member

    • 5 civilians

FARMER ASSIST II (November 2018)

  • Warnambool Station

  • 2 major tasks completed that had been outstanding for many years

  • 618 volunteer hours

  • $25,783 value of labour

  • Participation:

    • 8 veterans​

    • 1 civilian

FARMER ASSIST I (October 2018)

  • Goolma Station

  • This was the inaugural expedition and in many ways, a test run to ensure the activity was as valuable we thought. It was a great success! And lots learned.

  • 4 major Tasks Completed that had been outstanding for over 5 years

  • 568 volunteer hours

  • $23,695 value of labour

  • 8 veterans participated


The Oasis Townsville Limited, a public benevolent institution, is endorsed to access the following tax concessions:

  • Income Tax Exemption under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

  • GST Concessions under Division 176 of 'A New Tax System' (Goods and Services Tax) 1999

  • FBT Exemption under Section 123C of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986


For the benefit of members of the

Ex-ADF Community

in Townsville.

©2019 by The Oasis Townsville