Remote west and far north Queensland


The remote west and far north Queensland region with its perfect ‘winter’ weather, features spectacular sunsets, amazing wildlife and natural landscapes. The friendly communities in the region warmly welcome new residents and invite them to join them in a variety of outdoor sport and hobbies like camping, four-wheel driving and fishing. The region is also a good base to explore the natural wonders of Cape York.

Mt Isa, Thursday Island, Weipa, Tully, Mission Beach and RAAF Base Scherger

Mount Isa, dubbed the ‘Oasis of the Outback’ is nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichardt River. Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry, being home to one of the most productive single mines in the southern hemisphere. The city covers an area of over 43 310 square kilometres, making it geographically the second largest city in Australia to Kalgoorlie-Boulder WA. Mount Isa is a major service centre for North West Queensland, and a thriving city well equipped to satisfy residential, business and industrial needs.

Thursday Island is a welcoming island community located off the northern coast of Cape York Peninsula. The colourful tropical region is home to the Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders whose culture is rich in the arts and whose lifestyle has evolved from the sea. It is the main island in the Torres Strait region which includes over 20 islands and a population of over 25 000.

Weipa is a mining town on the Gulf of Carpentaria coast of the Cape York Peninsula. Being the largest town in the Cape, Weipa is a small but vibrant coastal community in an area rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. It is situated on the western coast of Cape York Peninsula approximately 200 kilometres from the ‘tip’ of Cape York. It is less than 200 kilometres across to the east coast of the Cape and approximately 800 road kilometres and 580 air kilometres from Cairns.

Tully is a town in the Cassowary Coast Region, adjacent to the Bruce Highway approximately 140 kilometres south of Cairns by road and 220 kilometres north of Townsville. Surrounded by bananas, sugar cane plantations and world-heritage rainforest, Tully is one of greenest and wettest towns in Australia. Tully’s landmarks are scenic Mt Tyson and the Tully River is one of the best white-water rafting spots in Australia, with grade 3-4 rapids and stunning views of world heritage-listed rainforest. A sealed road leads to the Tully Gorge National Park, 50km west of Tully.

Mission Beach, known as a tropical holiday destination 165km south of Cairns and 235km north of Townsville, has world-heritage rainforests, idyllic beaches, island getaways and adventure activities. Its four villages – Bingil Bay, Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach - are linked by 14km of palm-fringed beaches. Mission Beach enjoys beautiful weather all year round with temperatures up around 26 degrees in winter (the dry season of May to October) and 30 degrees in the wet season (November to April). It also offers a wide range of activities from Great Barrier Reef trips, fishing and sea kayaking to extreme sports including tandem skydiving and white-water rafting.

RAAF Base Scherger is located approximately 36 kilometres east of Weipa.  The Base is spread over 13,210 hectares.

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).


Sourced from

Mt Isa – 18,899

Thursday Island – 25,000 (over a number of islands)

Weipa – 4,077

Tully – 2,390

Mission Beach – 4,000

RAAF Base Scherger - 4 RAAF Caretaker personnel (Plus dependents) and one contractor.

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