Cairns is located on the north east coast of Queensland; a two-hour flight from Brisbane, or three-hour flight from Sydney. As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, Cairns pulses with energy.
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Living here you will discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe or cruise around the marina. Energised by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the relaxed, tropical lifestyle which enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year.
Suburbs of Cairns
The majority of suburbs in Cairns are an ideal location to live. There are many suburbs located at the foot of the rainforest overlooking stunning beaches or close to the heart of the city. To find out more about suburbs in Cairns from the northern beaches to the southside, click here.
QLD Public Holidays
Click here to see the public holidays observed in QLD during 2018.
Housing assistance review
The annual review of housing assistance will be completed next month, with the new rates published early next year. The annual review of service residence and rental allowance contributions involves assessing the national average rent for Defence houses in each rent band. This results in contributions being calculated 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.