Home' Army News : August 15th 2013 Contents Mr Phillip Nelson
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Army August 15, 2013
THE Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) has been
running for five years and helped more
than 24,000 current and former ADF
members and their families buy homes.
Defence launched the scheme on
July 1, 2008 as a recruitment and reten-
It pays a monthly subsidy into eligi-
ble members’ DHOAS home loans and
is designed to reward loyalty by offering
higher subsidy payments the longer a
person has served.
Directorate of Relocations and
Housing senior contracts manager Tony
Job said the scheme had proved very
“When DHOAS turned five on July
1, it had issued more than 40,000 sub-
sidy certificates,” he said.
In June, subsidy payments were
made into more than 17,500 DHOAS
home loans provided by one of
three Defence-nominated home loan
providers – ADCU, Defence Bank or
“Members who have taken up
DHOAS are from across all the ser-
vices and ranks, and from throughout
Australia,” Mr Job said.
The most popular locations for
DHOAS home loans are Queensland
“DHOAS keeps pace with current
housing costs by paying subsidies on
loan limits that are reviewed every year
in line with changes in Australia’s medi-
an house price,” Mr Job said.
“This financial year, the median
house price increased to $520,271, a
substantial increase from $483,440 last
financial year, and a low of $429,073 in
Defence marked the scheme’s fifth
birthday with the launch of DVA’s new
The site provides information in
easy-to-follow steps, to help members
to learn more about the scheme. It also
includes additional search options on
the home page, such as key issues high-
lighted in the rolling banners and other
At the five-year milestone, Defence
confirmed the continued appointment of
the DVA as scheme administrator.
DVA helps members with their appli-
cations for subsidy certificates and pays
the monthly subsidies.
For more information contact DHOAS on
1300 434 627 or email email@example.com
Five years providing
low-cost home loans
DPCU maternity wear more comfortable than polys
Cpl Nick Wiseman
“THEY are the most comfort-
able clothes I currently own,” says
AHQ’s Maj Rebecca Lacey about
her maternity camouflage uniform.
The new maternity DPCU is indi-
vidually tailored and allows women
to remain in their dress of the day
throughout their pregnancy instead
of having to wear the polyester
At first glance the uniform is
identical to the standard DPCU.
Discrete velcro tags on either side
of the shirt allow it to be adjusted
throughout the pregnancy for the
According to Maj Lacey, the
DPCU maternity pants make the big-
gest difference. Like civilian mater-
nity pants, they now feature a cotton
and elastic waist allowing a comfort-
able fit throughout the pregnancy.
Maj Lacey said she was surprised
at how practical the uniform was
when she wore it for the first time.
“They have been very well
TO GET maternity DPCU members
must obtain a medical certificate
(PM101) confirming their pregnan-
cy. A member can start the process
of ordering the maternity uniform
when eight weeks pregnant.
The PM101 should be pre-
sented to any area clothing store as
early as possible after eight weeks
for the ordering process to begin.
It is suggested women order
their normal size of DPCU or one
size up. The uniform can also be
specifically made to measure.
In the future, personnel will be
able to log onto the DRN and order
maternity DPCU online by search-
ing for “Project COOL” at http://
After completing the ordering
process a member should receive
the uniforms in six to eight weeks.
For more information contact the Army
point of contact for clothing issues, WO2
Greg Hays, on (03) 9282 6602 or email
designed and are better than most
of the civilian maternity clothing I
own. The one size will last through-
out your pregnancy and it really is a
great design,” she said.
“I want to get the word out there
as many women still don’t know
about the maternity cams even
though they have been available for
issue since the start of this year.
“It’s great to be able to continue
wearing the same uniform as eve-
ryone else in the workplace. Some
people hadn’t even noticed I was
pregnant until recently and I’m only
a month out from my due date.”
Pregnant women are entitled to
two sets of maternity DPCU even
if they have been previously issued
maternity polyester uniforms.
HOW TO ORDER THE UNIFORM
House hunt: DHOAS has helped 24,000 ADF personnel buy homes since its
inception five years ago.
Good fit: Maternity DPCU is hard to distinguish from the standard uniform and includes several features
for comfort and expandability.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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