Welcome to Sydney and regions

Sydney is Australia's largest and oldest city and provides many options for living and recreation. Sydney is among the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are great places to check out for locals and visitors alike.

Suburbs of Sydney and surrounding regions

If you are being posted to Sydney, your posting location will determine the housing solutions that will be offered. There are three main areas of Sydney where Defence members tend to live:

Liverpool/Wattle Grove

South west Sydney includes the areas of Campbelltown, Bankstown, Liverpool and Fairfield.

Penrith/Blue Mountains

Located at the foot of the picturesque Blue Mountains, Penrith is about 73 kilometres by road from Sydney CBD. Richmond is located 20 kilometres to the north of Penrith.

Areas close to the CBD

Sydney CBD extends about 3 kilometres south from Sydney Cove. It is bordered by Farm Cove within the Royal Botanic Garden to the east and Darling Harbour to the west. Suburbs surrounding the CBD include Woolloomooloo and Potts Point to the east, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst to the south, Pyrmont and Ultimo to the west, and Millers Point and The Rocks to the north.

Housing in Sydney

As Sydney 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 55% of DHA properties in Sydney 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, NSW 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.

NSW Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in NSW during 2019 and 2020.

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).


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Major Attractions

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardens, Luna Park Sydney

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