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

Housing in Melbourne

As Melbourne grows, the council and town planners are turning to high density living to provide housing in suitable locations. High density means building on smaller blocks of land, or building up. Examples of strata living include free standing dwellings in a gated community, duplexes, apartments and townhouses. Approximately 15% of DHA properties in Melbourne are part of a strata plan.

If you are new to strata living, please consider the by-laws and/or house rules that are available against the property in Online Services, and DHA's need to comply with legislation when deciding if a property is right for you.

VIC Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in VIC during 2019 and 2020.

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).



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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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