DCO Welcome Day - Tasmania
Where: Dunn Place (off Davey St), Hobart, TAS 7000
When: Sunday, 25th February 2018, 10:00am - 1:00pm
RSVP: By Friday 16th February 2018 to chris.hannan [at] defence.gov.au or 03 6237 7135
More info: www.defence.gov.au/dco
The Defence Community Organisation is hosting a family fun morning at Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
ADF Members and their families are invited to join us for a morning of family fun. A range of community groups and organisations will provide information about support, assistance and activities available in the area. We will have displays by local groups combined with a variety of fun activities for all ages. Please come along and meet your local DCO Team.
Welcome events are a great opportunity for Defence families to get to know their local area. They are always relaxed social occasions during which Defence families can meet each other and get to know more about the services and support in their local area.
DCO’s welcome events help our families build community and social networks, gain information about Defence and community-based services, and enjoy a day out with the family. Although welcome events focus on new families posting into the area, they are open to all ADF members and their families.
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Housing assistance review
The annual review of housing assistance has been completed with the new rates being published in early 2018.
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.
Acting 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 2017 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.