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Housing assistance review
The annual review of housing assistance has now been completed, the new rates will be published in early 2018.
The annual review of service residence and rental allowance contributions involves assessing the national average rent for Defence houses in each rent band. This results in contributions being calculated on actual rent changes.
Acting 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 2017 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.
PostingConnect – pilot program now active
Defence has been developing a new tool, PostingConnect, which aims to improve the posting process for Australian Defence Force members and their families. PostingConnect was launched to a pilot group on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Access was granted to approximately 226 members and 48 nominees who are currently posting from Queensland, Nowra (NSW) and the ACT.
If you would like more information, please reach out to the PostingConnect team at posting.improvement [at] defence.gov.au