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.

NT Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in the NT 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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Sourced from www.abs.gov.au

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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