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July 13, 2017
MEMBERS applying for home
loan subsidy assistance through
the Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) will
have access to an increased assis-
tance amount during the financial
As of July 1, the primary index
used by the scheme has been set at
"This is an increase of $38,588
from the 2016-17 figure," Acting
Director Military Conditions and
Housing Policy Derek Cox said.
"Taking account of the move-
ment in house prices each year is
one of the strengths of DHOAS."
The primary index for DHOAS
is the average house price, which
covers house prices across Australia
during a 12-month period. This is
used to calculate the subsidised loan
amounts under the scheme and is
derived from Australian Bureau of
EACH year, Defence supports
National Families Week in recogni-
tion of the important role families
play in supporting military members
and the work they do in serving our
Throughout May, Defence
Community Organisation (DCO) hosted
family events around the country with
a wide range of activities designed
to bring Defence families together to
Area Manager of Defence Commun-
ity Organisation North Queensland,
Rachel Baker, said the events were
a great opportunity for families to
spend time together in a fun, relaxed
"National Families Week highlights
the important role families' play in
Australian society and we also want to
recognise the important role military
families have in supporting our mem-
bers," Ms Baker said.
"Our Townsville members and their
families had a fun day out enjoying bar-
ramundi fishing and waterpark obsta-
cles at the Barra Fun Park. It was lovely
to see families taking some time out to
"Families really enjoyed the oppor-
tunity to spend time together and catch
Flt-Lt Stephanie Anderson
RAAF Amberley units 9FSB and
6ESR opened their doors recently
to Defence members working
on the base to show them what
they're made of.
The open day was held ahead of
the units' family day the following
day, an activity put together for the
families of Army personnel deploy-
ing on exercise, including Exercises
Brolga Strike and Talisman Sabre.
The open day included displays
from each of the units, including
two of the camel mascots of 26
CO 9FSB Lt-Col Andy Harrison-
Wyatt said having the open day was
just as important to base personnel
as it was for families.
"We're one Defence and it's
becoming more important as we're
moving into a joint environment in
the future, and away from single
service lines," he said. "It's good to
have an awareness of what people
do around base and that we're not
just the Army people in the corner.
It's about breaking down the barriers
of uniform colour."
9FSB is working towards operat-
ing with Air Force at Amberley, par-
ticularly 295 Sqn; the battalion has
a good working relationship with
Air Force units at RAAF Richmond
through 176 AD Sqn.
"We need to ensure integration
at every rank level, not just at the
commander and headquarters level,
and we all need an appreciation of
the important roles everyone does,"
Lt-Col Harrison-Wyatt said.
"We need to be interoperable at
home, so when we're on deployment
together, it's not new, it's normal."
9FSB and 6ESR will be work-
ing closely with Air Force for
Talisman Sabre in Rockhampton
and Williamson Airfield. During
the exercise, 6ESR will be working
with, and reinforcing, the 65 Sqn
capabilities, including airfield and
logistics support, and providing
guidance to USMC engineers.
CO 6ESR Lt-Col Nicholas Bosio
said 6ESR was fortunate to be based
at Amberley as the regiment could
work with Air Force and rely on the
logistics capabilities and air assets.
"6ESR is a logistics-dependant
regiment, being so close to heavy
airlift and 9FSB is important as it
allows us to achieve what the gov-
ernment requires of us, and we're
starting to develop air deployment
plans with the C-17s and how we
can fit our plant into the airframes,"
"Having the open day is good to
help Air Force understand what we
can bring to them, and in the long
run having these kinds of activities
highlights the options available to
Air Force planners, letting them
know what kind of support they can
ask, form, and receive from 6ESR."
at every rank
Army units open their doors to RAAF Amberley
Pte Maddison Ready (right), of 9FSB, describes the capabilities of the Cargo Delivery System to
Joint Logistics Unit members LACs Daniel Nathan and Seung Oh.
Photo: Sgt Christopher Dickson
WO2 Stephen Mlikota racing his daughter Hannah up the climbing wall at
Latitude Aerial Park in SA.
Boost for home loan assistance
access to an
Statistics published data. The three
home loan subsidy values under the
scheme are based on a percentage of
the average house price as follows:
Tier 1 -- 40 per cent of the aver-
age house price.
Tier 2 -- 60 per cent of the aver-
age house price.
Tier 3 -- 80 per cent of the aver-
age house price.
The Department of Veterans'
Affairs is the administrator of the
If a member has a query on the
scheme they should contact the
Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Information on the scheme and tier subsidy
levels is at: dhoas.gov.au/calculate-subsidy.
up with other Defence families."
Singleton families celebrated the
week at the Hunter Valley Zoo, while
families in South Australia enjoyed an
active morning, climbing and bouncing
at Latitude Aerial Park.
Visit the DCO website for more family activities
in your area or call the all-hours Defence Family
Helpline on 1800 624 608 for information
about DCO and its range of support services.
to spend time
together and catch
up with other
-- Rachel Baker,
DCO North Queensland
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