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 Parramatta, 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.

NSW Public Holidays

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

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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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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