Alice Springs, or ‘The Alice’ as the locals call it, is the second largest town in the Northern Territory outside of the Darwin/Palmerston metropolitan area. A 13 hour drive will connect you from Alice Springs to Katherine and Tindal in the south of the NT, while 16 hours on the road will connect you to Darwin in the north. Looking for information on Darwin or Katherine?
From Alice Springs you can explore the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and many spectacular gorges and waterholes. The Alice is full of friendly people and has shopping, bars, cafes, restaurants, markets, live entertainment, a casino and an arts and convention centre.
Did you know? Alice Springs is one of seven Australian regions participating in the Australian Government’s Solar City program, and with an average of 300 sunny days a year the town is well on its way to becoming a solar energy model for the rest of Australia and the world.
NT 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.
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