Welcome to Perth and regions

Situated on the sleek Swan River, Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, is home to soft-sand beaches, scenic parks, and a CBD thriving with small bars, creative restaurants and unique street art. From Perth you have prime access to 80 kilometres of stunning beaches, nearby Rottnest Island, and Swan Valley wine tours. For local culture, check out the portside streets of Fremantle or Perth’s museum and gallery precinct.
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Suburbs of Perth

Swanbourne – Campbell Barracks

Swanbourne is located on the edge of Campbell Barracks. Homes in the surrounding suburbs are sought-after due to proximity to the inner city and the beach.

Karrakatta - Irwin Barracks

Karrakatta is located within the City of Nedlands and 7 km west of the CBD. The Irwin Barracks are located north of the Fremantle railway line, which passes through the suburb.

Rockingham – Fleetbase West

Rockingham is 10-15 minute drive from HMAS Stirling and is a relatively large city which includes the suburbs of Secret Harbour, Port Kennedy and Baldivis. Rockingham is predominately a ‘blue collar’ area and has a medium to high-level of rental properties available to suit all budgets.

Bullsbrook – Pearce

Located in the Chittering Valley, Bullsbrook is a rural township only minutes from RAAF Base Pearce. Outer suburbs within the Pearce posting locality provide a diverse lifestyle to suit all families.

Pilbara region

Defence postings in the Pilbara and northern WA area include RAAF Base Learmonth (Exmouth), Geraldton and Karratha (Pilbara). The Karratha Visitor Centre is a useful resource that provides regional information, attractions, activities and things to do in the West Pilbara coast and Karratha region.

WA Public Holidays

Click here to see the public holidays observed in WA during 2019.

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 1.834 million.
Sourced from www.abs.gov.au

Major Attractions

Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Kings Park War Memorial, Swan River, Little Ferry Co., The Perth Mint, Fraser Avenue Lookout, South Perth Foreshore, Perth Zoo, Art Gallery of Western Australia

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