Situated on the beautiful Shoalhaven River, Nowra is a major town on the New South Wales south coast and is close to the many popular natural and cultural features of the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands districts. Nowra’s bustling commercial centre provides a nice contrast to the pleasant laid back lifestyle enjoyed by locals. As the region's commercial and administrative centre, Nowra hosts a major rural business district and a diverse population in its suburbs and many satellite villages.
Suburbs of Nowra
The regional centre of Nowra is located approximately 165 km south of Sydney and 215 km north east of Canberra. It is part of Shoalhaven City on the South Coast.
NSW Public Holidays
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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.