Please note:

This website was set up to get parcels to Australian Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen/Airwomen deployed overseas.

You are welcome to cut and paste information and use it to support sending parcels to our service members serving overseas, however, when you do cut and paste please link back to Ocean Sky & Khaki to acknowledge OSK, and so that people can find the blog themselves.

If there are questions one of us will answer if you comment on a post at the blog.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Christmas Mail - open from 1 November to 9 December 2013

Please remember, keep the parcels unisex (don't specifically make them for male or female), and don't send any treats or food for the dogs.

The address is:

An Australian Defence Member
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

More information here.

We hope this will be the last time for a while that we need to send packages to support our troops deployed overseas!

(Although there will always be service personnel deployed overseas for various reasons, just not in the numbers we have in one place at the moment.)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Operation ASTUTE officially ended

The Australian Defence Force has formally concluded Operation ASTUTE in Timor-Leste, with all troops and equipment returned to Australia.

Read more here.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 April 12 ANZAC Day Parcel Delivery Deadline

The deadline for mail to Operation Slipper for ANZAC Day is 12 April, 2013.
For members of the public wishing to send parcels to deployed personnel for Anzac Day 2013, the Australian Forces Post Office box address below will be open until 12 April.

An Australian Defence Member
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
In order to ensure an equitable distribution of parcels it is requested that all donations be gender-neutral, and be addressed to ‘An Australian Defence Member’, not to a specific job title, trade or unit member.
Please note Defence can not accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to strict care requirements relating to both their diet and their training programs.
Link to DOD Press Release regarding ANZAC Day parcel deadline.

Thanks to Julieanne!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

East Timor security deployment ended

Australia officially ends the military security mission in East Timor today, with 400 troops set to return home
Australia has quietly ended its military mission in East Timor, with the flag officially lowered on the 13-year deployment at a ceremony in Dili.

The deployment officially ends on Thursday, although Australian personnel will remain through to April next year to return equipment to Australia, close bases and return property and buildings to the East Timor government.

Australia will maintain an ongoing defence relationship by way of the Defence Cooperation Program. As well, Australian Federal Police (AFP) will continue to support local police.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2012 Christmas Mailing deadline 7 December 2012

Here are the details about the 2012 Christmas Mailing. Please note the information about sending food to the Detection Dogs.

 of Defence site, link here.

Please note that there are special addresses for Christmas Mail so that they know it is Christmas Mail!

Christmas Mail will be able to be sent from 22 October 2012 until 7 December 2012.

Here is a cut and paste from the link:

A number of community-based organisations and community members have expressed a wish to send care packages to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving on overseas operations on Christmas Day. In response to this generosity, the ADF has established special mailing addresses. These will operate from 22 October 2012 until 7 December 2012.

If you would like to support our service men and women, you are able to send parcels through Australia Post provided they meet the following guidelines:
  • for postal security reasons, you will need to present a photographic identification;
  • you can post parcels weighing up to a cubed weight of two kilograms in a ‘BX2’-sized Australia Post carton free of charge;
  • if your parcel exceeds this limit, you will need to pay the full cost;
  • articles must be packed in durable packaging, which is suitably secured, to withstand a large volume of weight and handling;
  • postal addresses will be active from 22 October 2012 until 7 December 2012 and packages will be distributed throughout the operational areas;
  • care package items most appreciated include uniquely Australian treats such as Tim Tams, lollies, magazines, books and DVDs. (Please note that any food stuffs should be non perishable in nature and sealed in commercial packaging.); and
  • some items must not be sent including cigarettes, alcohol, perfumery products and pornography.

Care Packages for Military Dogs and Explosive Detection Dogs


The Australian public have expressed their support not only for our ADF members, but also their four-legged partners.
Unfortunately, care packages for explosive detection dogs and military dogs, containing items such as toys and food cannot be used by the dogs. The dogs cannot play with the toys, as their tennis ball toy is a key part of their training and the food can’t be used due to the dogs’ strict diets.
Defence would like to thank the public for their generous and kind support for our explosive detection dogs and military dogs and ask that you consider making a donation to your local animal welfare shelter on behalf our dogs.
Please address your parcel to one of the following:

Middle East
An Australian Defence Member
Goodwill Mail
Middle East Operations
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

East Timor
An Australian Defence Member
Goodwill Mail
East Timor Operations
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

Solomon Islands
An Australian Defence Member
Goodwill Mail
Solomon Islands Operations
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

Helpful links and notes:

What to Send/What not to Send, please note above in blue, no food to be sent to K9s. Food is anything that they can eat. No toys or balls for the dogs, as this interferes with their training. The Department of Defence has requested that donations be made to your local animal shelter in lieu of sending things for the dogs.
Department of Defence site, link here.