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help gets a lift
THOSE applying for a home loan
subsidy through the Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme will
have access to an increased assistance
amount this financial year.
Since July 1 the primary index
used by the Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) has
been set at $520,271.
Director Military Conditions and
Housing Policy Peter Redston said
this was an increase of $36,831 from
“Taking account of the movement
in house prices each year is one of the
strengths of the DHOAS,” Mr Redston
The primary index for the DHOAS
is the average house price, which cov-
ers house prices across Australia dur-
ing a 12-month period. This is used to
calculate the subsidised loan amounts
under the scheme and is derived from
Australian Bureau of Statistics pub-
The three home loan subsidy val-
ues under the scheme are based on a
percentage 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
Information on the scheme and tier sub-
sidy levels is at: www.dhoas.gov.au/www/
More paid full
Members without dependants to receive revised allowance
FULL rent allowance is now avail-
able to ADF members without
dependants who had been eligi-
ble for only partial rent allowance
before July 1.
The change is expected to benefit
more than 800 members.
Assistant Director Military
Conditions and Housing Policy Bruce
Jackson said Defence was constantly
reviewing and updating its policies
regarding service conditions and
“These changes will enable mem-
bers who are renting to live in hous-
ing that better meets their needs and
expectations,” Mr Jackson said.
Before July 1, some members with-
out dependants were provided with
only partial rent allowance due to a
combination of their rank and years
Their contribution and rent ceiling
were half the rate of a member entitled
to full rent allowance.
Following this policy change, all
eligible members without dependants
will receive the full rate of rent
allowance and make corresponding
Members who are sharing accom-
modation receive the appropriate
Unless there is a service require-
ment to relocate, there is no removal
benefit for a member seeking to relo-
cate 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.
There is a small group of mem-
bers who will not immediately benefit
from the change to full rent allowance.
These members would have received a
lower rate of rent allowance after July
1 than they were receiving before that
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 changes
including contacting members before
July 1 to explain their options to them.
If members believe they are in this
group and have not been contacted,
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.PolicyInquiry@defence.gov.au
Scheme upgraded: Eligible members without dependants can now receive the full rate of rent allowance.
New accommodation opens at Larrakeyah
THE NEW living-in accommoda-
tion for single ADF members at
HMAS Coonawarra was officially
opened at Larrakeyah Barracks in
Darwin on June 12.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said
Project Single Living Environment
and Accommodation Precinct
(Single LEAP) Phase 2 would deliv-
er improved accommodation across
14 bases around Australia.
“Single LEAP is a great project,
which acknowledges that many of
the ADF’s single members are look-
ing 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 inde-
pendent living styles for long-term
living-in accommodation for ADF
“Particularly in places like
Calculations: The primary index for the Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme is the average house price.
Photo by Cpl Aaron Curran
of Plenary Group,
speaks at the
opening of the living-
for single ADF
members at HMAS
Photo by Peter Ellis
Darwin, where the rental market
is tight, providing 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,
personal balcony and undercover
parking for motor vehicles and recre-
ational 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.
The builder for the site and
Robertson Barracks will have
delivered 232 units at HMAS
Coonawarra by this month at a cost
of $72 million. A total of 686 units
will be delivered at Robertson by
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