Welcome to Wagga Wagga

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Located in southern New South Wales, Wagga Wagga is a vibrant regional city nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River. With an urban population of more than 64,000 people, it is the largest inland city in New South Wales. As the capital of the Riverina region, Wagga offers an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors.

Suburbs of Wagga

The rental market can be difficult to enter during the peak posting season as Wagga is not only home to Defence but also Charles Sturt University. Wagga has 21 suburbs which all offer something different depending on what type of lifestyle you are looking for. There is significant growth occurring in the outer suburbs of Wagga. Popular suburbs are Tatton, Bourkelands, Forest Hill, Estella and Lloyd. Kapooka is also popular for families posted to Blamey Barracks as it located directly outside the front gate of the base. Travel time from any of the suburbs to another is no greater than 20 minutes by car.

NSW Public Holidays

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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

Victory Memorial Gardens, National Glass Art Gallery, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, Lake Albert, Temora Aviation Museum, Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Downside Bush Dance

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