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.

Housing in Canberra

As Canberra grows, the council and town planners are turning to high density living to provide housing in suitable locations.  High density means building on smaller blocks of land, or building up. Examples of strata living include free standing dwellings in a gated community, duplexes, apartments and townhouses. Approximately 24% of DHA properties in Canberra are part of a strata plan.

It is important to understand that there may be additional rules and regulations associated with strata living, compared to living in a traditional free standing home. Additionally, ACT legislation prescribes that tenant details, including name and telephone number, must be provided to the strata manager upon occupation.

If you are new to strata living, please consider the by-laws and/or house rules that are available against the property in Online Services, and DHA's need to comply with legislation when deciding if a property is right for you.

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.

2020 Annual Review of ADF Accommodation assistance and contributions

The outcome of the annual review of ADF members’ accommodation assistance and contributions is anticipated to be reflected in members’ salaries during February 2020.

Members may see an increase or decrease in their Defence accommodation related contributions and allowances for Service Residences, Living-in accommodation, Rent allowance, meal allowance and other allowances and charges.

Members will be notified of any changes prior to their salary changing through a range of Service notification channels including Service Newspapers, Defgram and Signal.

Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy, Mr Derek Cox, acknowledged the importance of this annual review.

“Defence undertakes the annual review to ensure the Defence requirement of sharing the national cost of housing with ADF members on a 50/50 basis is met each year,” Mr Cox said.

These annual changes to contributions and charges are based on movement in the broader rental market, Consumer Price Index and national average meal costs.

Members with questions about the annual review of accommodation assistance and contributions should speak to their chain of command or visit the Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN).



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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