Welcome to Melbourne

Australia’s second largest city is a place of contradictions and hidden charms. Situated on the Yarra River, it is cosmopolitan, cultivated and football crazy. Residents experience excellent shopping, markets, restaurants and nightlife. With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, home-grown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it’s no surprise Victoria’s capital is regarded the world’s most liveable city. Looking for information on Mornington Peninsula?

Suburbs of Melbourne

Service residences in Melbourne are generally found in the north around Simpson Barracks, or in the west around RAAF Base Williams. Residences are also scattered in the Melbourne CBD. Information about Puckapunyal (north of Melbourne) and HMAS Cerberus, south-east of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula can be found from the 'Welcome to Victoria' menu. Both regions are at least an hour from Melbourne's CBD.

Around Simpson Barracks

Around Simpson Barracks there are the following local councils providing a range of services, local information and things to see and do -

  • Banyule: includes the suburbs of Bundoora, Greensborough, Viewbank, Macleod, Watsonia and Yallambie
  • Whittlesea: includes the suburbs of Epping, Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang and Doreen
  • Moonee Valley: includes the suburbs of Ascot Vale, Keilor East, Niddrie and Moonee Ponds
  • Moreland: includes the suburbs of Glenroy, Brunswick and Pascoe Vale

Around RAAF Williams

The following council areas provide a range of services, local information and things to see and do:

  • Hobsons Bay: includes the suburbs of Altona, Newport, Seabrook, Williamstown and Spotswood
  • Wyndham: includes the suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Sanctuary Lakes and Tarneit
  • Maribyrnong: includes the suburbs of Yarraville, Seddon, Edgewater and Footscray

VIC Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in VIC 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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Approximately 4.087 million.
Sourced from www.abs.gov.au

Major Attractions

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Shrine of Remembrance, City Circle Tram, National Gallery of Victoria, Block Arcade, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), The National Sports Museum, The Regent Theatre.

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