Welcome to Darwin

Darwin is a vibrant tropical city surrounded by the sea, world heritage national parks and the outback. Darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city. A diverse cultural background provides some of the best and most varied food experiences in Australia. Many new comers are surprised to find that it has eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities comparable to what you’d find in the southern cities. Looking for information on Alice Springs or Katherine?

Suburbs of Darwin

All Darwin and Palmerston suburbs are located within 30 kilometres of the Defence bases and are therefore convenient locations for housing. Palmerston is just a 15 minute drive south-east of Darwin, and is one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.

Housing in Darwin

As Darwin 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. Over 20% of DHA properties in Darwin are part of a strata plan.

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.

NT Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in the NT 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

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Mindil Beach, Darwin Military Museum, Charles Darwin National Park, Fannie Bay Gaol, Bicentennial Park, Skycity Darwin

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