Home' Army News : June 29th 2017 Contents The Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) is proving to be a popular benefit
for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. The Director of Relocations and Housing
Mr Tony Job said, "Interest in the scheme remains positive and is now paying a monthly subsidy
to more than 21,000 ADF Members."
The initial term for the DHOAS Home Loan Providers is due to expire on 30 June 2017. In
anticipation of the expiry, Defence initiated a project to re-test the market through an open
tender process for the provision of home loan provider services.
A Request for Tender was released on 25 October 2016 and tenders closed on 28 November
2016. Tender responses were received and evaluated by a tender evaluation team comprising
representatives from the Services, Estate and Infrastructure Group, Defence People Group,
CASG and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
"Whilst Defence was satisfied with the overall level of interest and number of responses to the
tender, we were disappointed that there was no interest shown by any other major lenders", Mr
As a result of a competitive evaluation of tender responses, Defence determined that a panel
comprised of the following home loan providers represented the best overall benefit for ADF
Members as well as value for money for the Commonwealth:
» Australian Military Bank
» Defence Bank
» National Australia Bank
The three successful home loan providers are the current DHOAS providers to Defence. The
new panel will commence from 1 July 2017, and the process for members to apply for DHOAS
remains unchanged. "I am confident that ADF members accessing a DHOAS subsidised loan
will continue to obtain quality service and competitive rates", Mr Job said.
Defence and the home loan providers have committed to apply continuous improvement and
innovation to ensure business processes and home loan provider products and services are
optimised to meet ADF member requirements and service expectations throughout the duration
of the new deeds.
Further information can be accessed on the DHOAS website (www.dhoas.gov.au) or by
speaking with a DHOAS consultant on 1300 4 DHOAS (1300 434 627).
after a successful
first 10 years
June 29, 2017
Maj Cameron Leckie
WHEN Brisbane resident Pauline
Whitby became the unlucky recipient
of shonky workmanship, she received
a welcome visit from 11 soldiers from
1 Sig Regt, Legacy Brisbane staff and
Legatees to give her the garden she
should have received.
Through its Backyard Assist pro-
gram, Legacy coordinated supplies from
Tradelink and approached 1 Sig Regt for
Georgina McKenzie, of Legacy
Brisbane, said the organisation was
grateful for the support shown by
Brisbane-based units towards the
Backyard Assist program.
"The program focuses on providing
a safe, accessible and easily maintained
yard environment for Legacy families,
especially elderly and isolated depend-
ants," Miss McKenzie said.
"The backing of the program by cor-
porate partners is equally matched by the
enthusiastic response from Army units
such as 1 Sig Regt, 6RAR and 8/9RAR."
Starting early, the Backyard Assist
team pruned, mulched, mowed, whipper-
snipped, renovated and cleaned the
garden and patio area, leaving behind a
happy Mrs Whitby.
OIC of the 1 Sig Regt contingent
Lt Matthew Tollenaar said it was a pleas-
ure to help Mrs Whitby, whose husband
Ivan served with the 2nd AIF in New
Guinea during WWII.
"The opportunity to come together as
a team with Legacy and help someone,
who has sacrificed so much for our com-
munity was fantastic," Lt Tollenaar said.
"Doubly satisfying was the chance
to help rectify the mess and leave Mrs
Whitby with a result better than the
Legacy expects to complete 13 yard
transformations in 2017, with Army units
ready to support them all.
Capt Anna-Lise Rosendahl
SOLDIERS of 6RAR celebrated
the battalion's 52nd birthday in
style on June 3 with a regimen-
tal parade and ball at Gallipoli
Veterans, friends and families
of the battalion gathered to watch
the trooping of the unit's regimental
colour on the parade ground, with
Colonel-Commandant of the RAR
Maj-Gen Mark Kelly the reviewing
CO 6RAR Lt-Col Jim Hunter
said he was proud of the soldiers
who worked hard during the week-
"It's a mark of their discipline
and their commitment to the organi-
sation and I know the soldiers go
onto the parade ground dedicated to
ensuring they uphold the legacy and
reputation the battalion has forged in
the past," he said.
6RAR has had a proud his-
tory since it was raised on June 6,
1965, with tours to Vietnam, East
Timor, Solomon Islands, Iraq and
Afghanistan. It has received battle
honours for fighting at Long Tan and
earned a meritorious unit citation for
distinguished service in Afghanistan
Pte Joel Johanson, of 6RAR's
Support Coy, was one of about 280
Soldiers dig in
1 Sig Regt soldiers were happy to help fix the garden of Pauline Whitby,
whose late husband served with the 2nd AIF in New Guinea during WWII.
Colonel Commandant of the RAR Maj-Gen Mark Kelly inspects the
troops with CO 6RAR Lt-Col James Hunter (right). Photo: Sgt Mick Bott
6RAR soldiers honour their heritage in Brisbane
soldiers on parade and enjoyed see-
ing veterans in the crowd.
"It was good seeing the old
boys out there as well, to pay them
respect," he said.
Battalion mascot Sgt Ridgeleigh
Blue III stole the show, however,
nipping at the heels of the troops as
they marched off the parade ground.
"The battalion's mascot cer-
tainly adds a touch of spice to the
parade," Lt-Col Hunter said. "As a
cattle dog he likes to round people
up and unfortunately the RSM does
most of that for him, so he voices
his displeasure whenever he gets the
The soldiers finished the day
with a regimental ball at 6RAR's
Long Tan Lines complete with fire-
works and entertainment from the
Australian Army Band -- Brisbane.
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