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FULL rent allowance is now avail-
able to ADF members without
dependants who had been eligible
for only partial rent allowance before
This change is expected to ben-
efit more than 800 members.
Assistant Director Military
Conditions and Housing Policy
Bruce Jackson said Defence was
constantly reviewing and updating
its policies regarding service condi-
tions and housing policy.
"These changes will enable
members who are renting to live in
housing that better meets their needs
and expectations," Mr Jackson said.
Before July 1, some members
without dependants were provided
with only partial rent allowance due
to a combination of their rank and
years of service.
Their contribution and rent ceil-
ing were half the rate of a member
entitled to full rent allowance.
Following this policy change, all
eligible members without depend-
ants will receive the full rate of rent
allowance and make corresponding
Members who are sharing
accommodation receive the appro-
priate shared amount.
Unless there is a service require-
ment to relocate, there is no remov-
al benefit for a member seeking to
relocate to a different residence as a
result of the change in policy.
Eligible members do not need to
take any administrative action.
Changes to the rent allowance
rates occurred automatically and will
appear in members' pay on July 18.
Boost to rent
HOUSING SUPPORT: Personnel without dependants are now eligible
for full rent allowance instead of the original partial amount.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
Increase to loan subsidy
THOSE applying for a home loan
subsidy through the Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme
(DHOAS) will have access to an
increased assistance amount this finan-
Since July 1 the primary index used
by the DHOAS has been set at $520,271.
Director Military Conditions and
Housing Policy Peter Redston said this
was an increase of $36,831 from 2012-13.
"Taking account of the movement
in house prices each year is one of
the strengths of the Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme," Mr
The primary index for the DHOAS
is the average house price, which covers
house prices across Australia during a
This is used to calculate the subsi-
dised loan amounts under the scheme
and is derived from Australian Bureau of
Statistics published data.
The three home loan subsidy values
under the scheme are based on a per-
centage of the average house price.
Tier 1 - 40 per cent of the average
Tier 2 - 60 per cent of the average
Tier 3 - 80 per cent of the average
The Department of Veterans' Affairs
is the administrator of the DHOAS and
should be contacted by members with
More information can be found at: www.
There is a small group of mem-
bers who will not immediately bene-
fit from the change to full rent allow-
These members would have
received a lower rate of rent allow-
ance after July 1 than they were
receiving before that date.
To ensure no detriment to these
members, they have retained their
pre-July 1 rent allowance amount
until their situation is resolved.
Defence Housing Australia is
managing the rent allowance chang-
es including contacting members
before July 1 to explain their options
If members believe they are in
this group and have not been con-
tacted, they should contact their
local Housing Management Centre
or ring Defence Housing Australia
on 139 342.
For more information see DEFGRAM
339/2013 or email Housing.
THE new living-in accommodation
for single ADF members at HMAS
Coonawarra was officially opened
at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin on
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said
Project Single Living Environment
and Accommodation Precinct (Single
LEAP) Phase 2 would deliver improved
accommodation across 14 bases around
"Single LEAP is a great project
which acknowledges that many of the
ADF's single members are looking for
quality accommodation close to their
work," Mr Snowdon said.
"This important project will deliver
a total of 3015 units at 14 bases across
every mainland State and Territory and
will offer independent living styles for
long-term living-in accommodation for
"Particularly in places like Darwin
where the rental market is tight, provid-
ing quality accommodation on-base can
help to free up properties for the civilian
The accommodation features self-
contained apartments with telephone and
internet access, secure storage for per-
sonal possessions, personal balcony and
undercover parking for motor vehicles
and associated recreational facilities.
These will be sited near the messes for
each rank group.
"By improving the on-base living
standard we will also assist with both
attracting and retaining Australians in
the Defence Force for many years to
come and provide single Service men
and women with a place to call home,"
Mr Snowdon said.
A total of 232 units will be deliv-
ered at Coonawarra by the end of the
month and 686 units will be delivered at
Robertson Barracks by March 2014.
OFFICIAL OPENING: Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon speaks at the opening of the new living-in accommodation for single
ADF members at HMAS Coonawarra.
Photo: Peter Ellis
CALCULATIONS: The primary index for the Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme is the average house price.
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