Situated 320 kilometres south of Darwin on the banks of the Katherine River, Katherine is the third largest town in the Northern Territory. The Katherine region is fondly known as ‘Adventure Territory’, boasting the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, the Katherine Hot Springs, and the Katherine Low Level Nature Reserve. Katherine has a modern air-conditioned shopping centre, hospital, sports grounds, parks and gardens, and a range of Commonwealth and Territory Government services. Katherine is the closest major town to RAAF Base Tindal, located only 17 km south east. Defence families posted to Tindal can access education, health, local government services and employment opportunities in Katherine. Looking for information on Alice Springs or Darwin?
Suburbs of Katherine
Katherine is quite a large town by its land area despite a combined population of around 10,000 people. The Katherine Town Council zone extends from Flora River Junction in the west to Maranboy in the east and from the Fergusson River in the north to the Sturt Plateau in the south. Other shire zones in the Katherine Region are the Victoria Daly and the Roper Gulf Shires.
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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