Welcome to Canberra and regions

As Australia’s capital city, Canberra is home to a diverse community who enjoy a large range of local family friendly attractions, events and activities. Canberra’s proximity to the mountains and the coast provides the best of both worlds for those who enjoy the outdoors. Canberra is home to Australia’s premier university, the Australian National University, one of five universities located in the nation’s capital. An active city, Canberra also has a wide range of sporting facilities and is home to the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra is also home to a number of national treasures, with renowned galleries, museums and wineries in the surrounding region. The result is a small but cosmopolitan city with a great food scene and plenty of creative flair.

Suburbs of Canberra

Canberra is divided into four main town centres: Woden, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen. A number of ACT/NSW border cities and towns have a significant Defence presence as well as a variety of amenities and local events.

The city of Queanbeyan and the surrounding suburbs of Jerrabomberra and Googong are located just over the ACT/NSW border, about a 15-20 minute drive from the Canberra CBD. It’s quite common for Defence families to live in NSW, some only a few minutes from the border and some in a more rural setting at Murrumbateman, Royalla, Bungendore or Yass.

ACT Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in the ACT during 2019.

NSW Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in NSW during 2019.

Housing assistance review

The annual review of housing assistance for 2019 has been completed by the Department of Defence, with the new rates now published in Online Services. The annual review of service residence and rental allowance contributions involved assessing the national average rent for Defence houses in each rent band, which has resulted in contributions being recalculated based on actual rent changes.

Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy, Derek Cox said providing housing assistance to ADF members was a longstanding policy. "The annual review is undertaken to ensure the Defence requirement of sharing the national cost of housing with members on a 50/50 basis is met each year," Mr Cox said. "The rent band method offers transparency for calculating contribution increases based on actual rental increases rather than forecasts."

Member contributions for living-in accommodation will be adjusted in line with the September 2018 rents and utilities subcomponents of the consumer price index. Casual meal rates and the fortnightly meal contribution will also be reviewed to ensure any revised rates are based on the reasonable recovery of actual national average costs incurred by Defence in providing meals.

The new rates will be reflected in members' salaries in February 2019.


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Approximately 400,000.
Sourced from www.abs.gov.au

Major Attractions

Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, Australian War Memorial, ANZAC Parade Walk, National Gallery of Australia, National Arboretum, National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Royal Australian Mint, National Zoo and Aquarium, Questacon.

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