1 June 2022
Taking Pride in our work
DHA is celebrating Pride Month in June – a time to acknowledge and celebrate diversity, and to reflect on how we can deliver truly inclusive services to all Defence Members.
24 July 2020
New housing option to address ADF changing needs
From 1 July 2020, townhouse style accommodation, known as Townhouse Choice, will increasingly be offered to eligible ADF members in Sydney and Canberra as an alternative to the traditional service residence.
20 February 2020
Arkadia sets the standard for inner-city living
The much anticipated Arkadia Apartments, located in Sydney’s trendy inner city suburb of Alexandria, was officially opened by award-winning developer Defence Housing Australia (DHA) today.
17 October 2019
Torhaven Park wins one award and is nominated for three others
A new Defence Housing Australia (DHA) residential community at Ipswich has been recognised for its treatment of floodplains at Torhaven Park—avoiding the creation of a large, unusable space with bio-retention drain and instead delivering a highly activated community asset.
4 April 2019
DHA appoints new Managing Director
The Defence Housing Australia (DHA) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Mr Barry Jackson as DHA Managing Director for a five year term commencing 13 May 2019.
26 March 2019
Regional spotlight: Hunter Valley
Sydneysiders seeking a change of pace and lower living costs are looking north – and they’re seeing the Hunter Valley.
8 March 2019
International Women's Day 2019 - Amy Cuddihy
DHA Acting Manager, Governance and Legislative Compliance, Amy Cuddihy knows all too well the struggle that some women face trying to find a balance between cementing a place in the workforce and raising a family.
8 March 2019
‘Balance for Better’
International Women’s Day is recognised and celebrated around the globe on March 8 annually to commemorate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women—throughout history and across borders.
7 March 2019
Neighbours unite to celebrate Parks Week at Bluewattle
Residents at Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) Bluewattle development in Rasmussen will come together for dinner under the stars in Jeff Caddies Park as they welcome new neighbours and celebrate the beginning of Parks Week this Friday 8 March 2019.
4 March 2019
Deebing Heights community celebrates newest parkland
Families from all over Ipswich and Springfield have flocked to Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) latest development in Deebing Heights for a free family fun day, celebrating the opening of a new two million dollar park.
13 February 2019
Capital spotlight: Adelaide
When the going got tough, South Australia got growing. Here’s why Adelaide is really looking up.
4 February 2019
Townsville flooding emergency
In the past week Townsville has received more than a year’s worth of rain, resulting in mass flooding and the evacuation of homes.
24 January 2019
Region spotlight: Ipswich
A little slice of south-east Queensland is punching well above its weight. Here’s why Ipswich is on the upswing.
23 January 2019
$15 million northern beaches building boom gathers pace
Darwin’s northern growth area is continuing to dominate the local property market with more than 50 homes worth $15 million currently under construction and dozens more due to be completed throughout 2019.
23 January 2019
Capital spotlight: Brisbane
Brisbane is giving its bigger east-coast city siblings a good run for investors’ money. We find out why its star is rising.
23 January 2019
Regional spotlight: Ipswich
A little slice of south-east Queensland is punching well above its weight. Here’s why Ipswich is on the upswing.
22 January 2019
Capital spotlight: Darwin
Darwin’s property market has been fairly dormant in recent years, but now experts are spotting green shoots. We take a closer look.
21 November 2018
Leasing guru named DHA employee of the year
In 2011, Stephen Bond had never heard of Defence Housing Australia (DHA) nor had any connection to the Australian Defence Force. Seven years later, he has been recognised as DHA’s Employee of the Year at DHA’s annual awards night paying tribute to his natural leadership style and dedicated work ethic.
12 November 2018
Boys in blue buy into Bluewattle
Award-winning developer, Defence Housing Australia (DHA), is pleased to announce the latest residents to move into its Bluewattle development will be the boys in blue!
2 November 2018
Spook-tacular family fun raises money for sick kids
Neighbours from near and far flocked to the newly-opened Wirraway Park in hoards for a ‘frightfully’ good night of fun, food and family entertainment, hosted by award-winning developer Defence Housing Australia.
29 October 2018
Invictus Games shines a light on Australian Defence community
The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 wrapped up on Saturday evening with a sell-out closing ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena. The ceremony marked the end of eight remarkable days of competition that showcased the resilience of the human spirit.
23 October 2018
The DHA pin wall is back
Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) popular pin wall is back as one of two interactive activities for the 2018 Invictus Games Sydney, awaiting a new wave of visitors and creative poses.
22 October 2018
Rex D. Dog set to teach Defence kids a few new tricks at Invictus
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) will play an important role at the 2018 Invictus Games, not only as an official supporter but also by providing entertainment to kids of Defence competitors who have travelled from near and far to support their loves ones.
22 October 2018
Thunderstorms won’t dampen Invictus Games celebrations
The Invictus Games 2018 opening ceremony might have been delayed by thunderstorms on Saturday night, but nothing was going to stop the 500 plus athletes and their families celebrating the beginning of the games down under.
16 October 2018
DHA staff step up to help our wounded warriors
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) staff will play a crucial role in the 2018 Invictus Games, volunteering their time in order to make the games a memorable and inspiring experience for competitors, their families and spectators.
3 October 2018
DHA begins Invictus Games countdown
As an official supporter of the Invictus Games 2018, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has begun the countdown to the launch of the Sydney-based sporting competition.
14 September 2018
Liv comes alive
Defence Housing Australia’s contemporary Liv Apartments complex was officially unveiled today, offering exciting new options for Western Australians seeking a convenient and modern lifestyle, while minimising their footprint on the planet.
13 September 2018
Are you an award-winning investor?
DHA is proudly the 2018 awards partner for Your Investment Property’s Investor of the Year Awards. Each year the search looks to uncover the sharpest and most inspirational property investors from across the country.
20 August 2018
Celebrating 30 years of service
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) staff, Board members and special guests gathered at the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 16 August to celebrate 30 years of service.
31 July 2018
Take a fresh look at the Defence Community Hub
As this year’s posting orders start to roll out, it’s a great time for Defence members and their families to take a fresh look at the Defence Community Hub to learn all about their new posting location.
12 June 2018
Mount Lofty DA lodged
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) lodged a Development Application (DA) with Council today for the development of 344 residential lots, sized from 400m2 to 2400m2, on a 52-hectare section of the former rifle range site at Mount Lofty.
17 May 2018
DHA’s relocation to Gungahlin
The Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP, and Senator for the ACT, the Hon Zed Seselja, announced on 16 May 2018 that the Government will be relocating Defence Housing Australia (DHA) from its head office in Barton to the town centre of Gungahlin by March 2022.
17 May 2018
When it comes to green homes, the proof is in the stars
In 2015 Defence Housing Australia (DHA), Prince Charles’ personal charity, The Prince's Trust, and Renewal SA shook hands on an ambitious project to design and deliver some of the most efficient and sustainable homes in Australia.
16 April 2018
Homes for heroes nearing completion
Upgrade works at Seaward Village, housing Australian Defence Force members at Campbell Barracks, Western Australia, are well underway with 58 houses in stage one nearing completion.
18 March 2018
Tropical Cyclone Marcus
Darwin was subject to severe weather over the weekend due to Tropical Cyclone Marcus, with power, road closures, fallen trees, debris, and housing damage reported across Darwin.
29 August 2017
Torhaven launch taps into local Ipswich history
Award-winning developer Defence Housing Australia (DHA) was today joined by one of Ipswich’s oldest families to officially launch its new Torhaven development in Deebing Heights, Queensland.
23 August 2017
Checkpoints for first time investors
If you are a first time investor, or if you’ve been out of the game for a while, property investment can be like driving through a foreign city without GPS navigation.
22 August 2017
Pooch lovers celebrate Darwin’s first dedicated dog park
Darwin’s first dedicated dog park is expected to attract hordes of pet lovers and their best friends in the coming weeks after it was officially opened today by the City of Darwin Lord Mayor, Katrina Fong Lim.
2 August 2017
Arkadia aspires to redefine city living in Alexandria
Residents in Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) visionary new development located in Sydney’s stylish inner west will have the opportunity to harvest and cook their breakfast without having to leave their building.
14 July 2017
What’s the catch? Debunking the rental guarantee myths
While it’s true that rental guarantees aren’t unique to DHA, it’s the structure and conditions of DHA’s rental guarantee that are. We spoke to DHA’s Director of Investor Sales, Chris Perry, to find out what sets DHA’s rental guarantee apart from the others.
7 June 2017
The habits of tax smart property investors
With the end of financial year fast approaching we turned to the Australian Taxation Office to learn about the traits of tax-smart property investors. Do you do all seven?
1 May 2017
DHA appoints Cockram for Arkadia
Award-winning developer Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has appointed leading Australian builder Cockram Construction to complete its landmark Arkadia apartment project in Alexandria.
7 February 2017
Wirraway sizzles as new residents welcomed
Development in the lower Hunter continues to flourish, with one of the region’s up-and-coming communities, Wirraway in Thornton, welcoming new residents over the weekend at its annual community barbeque.
6 February 2017
DHA announces plans for Mount Lofty residential development
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is excited to announce it is commencing the masterplanning process for the development of the former Defence rifle range site, located on the corner of Rifle Range Road and Martini Streets, Mount Lofty.
25 October 2016
DHA completes 1,000th MCA property
Award-winning developer Defence Housing Australia (DHA) today celebrated the completion of its 1,000th Members Choice Accommodation (MCA) apartment.
11 October 2016
Clunies-Ross project completed
Award-winning developer, Defence Housing Australia (DHA), today celebrated the completion of a new Defence residential housing development at Enoggera, adjacent to Gallipoli Barracks.
13 September 2016
DHA gets green light for Alexandria project
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has been given the green light from the City of Sydney for a $60 million residential development in Alexandria, with construction set to commence early next year.
25 August 2016
Careful restoration of Palm Beach site underway
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has started work on transforming a prime site at Palm Beach in Rockingham into a new and innovative residential development for both Defence members and the wider community.
25 August 2016
Park names honour community spirit
The community-nominated names of two new parks at Bluewattle, Rasmussen, were revealed at the official parks opening event on Saturday, 13 August.
12 August 2016
Premium land lots hit the market at Sale
Fourteen premium land lots will be released to the public this Saturday, 13 August, at the official launch of Woondella Stage Six, on the outskirts of Sale.
4 August 2016
Local Adelaide company to build Prince’s Terrace
Local family-owned company Palumbo Pty Ltd has been selected by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) to build The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide—the first residential project in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star design rating, an achievement that signifies world leadership in sustainability.
12 July 2016
Defence apartments star in the race for green living
Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) new Shout Ridge project at Crimson Hill, in Sydney, showcases the first apartments in Australia to receive a prestigious 6 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential Design V1 certified rating. This rating represents “world leadership” in environmentally sustainable design from the Green Building Council of Australia.
10 June 2016
Digger comes home to Fremantle Cottage
Former Fremantle and Beaconsfield digger Ernest Aberle MM. BEM. is the last of 10 First World War soldiers to be honoured in Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) restoration of Fremantle’s historic Gunners’ Cottages.
6 June 2016
East coast storm update
Across the last three days parts of the east coast of Australia have been subject to severe storms.
22 April 2016
Alawa couple wins Breezes Muirhead’s prize
When Chris McGuire called his wife Katie to tell her they had won a $50,000 prize package in a promotion at Breezes Muirhead, she was excited and very surprised.
19 April 2016
Crimson Hill apartments sell out
Despite talk of a slowing residential market, buyers have embraced Defence Housing Australia’s Crimson Hill project in Lindfield, with all apartments now sold out.
20 March 2016
Freo Gunners’ Cottages heritage restored
A wonderful piece of architectural and military history has been unveiled as the latest jewel in Fremantle’s heritage crown. The Gunners’ Cottages, a series of 10 cottages along the Queen Victoria Street entrance to Fremantle, have been given a multi-million dollar facelift by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) following its purchase of the site in 2013.
19 February 2016
Growing success in the Top End
A Defence Housing Australia (DHA) sponsored program established in the Northern Territory (NT) continues to provide a pathway to qualifications for Indigenous people.
17 February 2016
DHA invites proposals for childcare centre
DHA has released a request for proposal (RFP) inviting proposals for the acquisition of land and development and operation of a childcare centre and neighbourhood facilities at Muirhead NT.
20 January 2016
Last chance to buy at Crimson Hill
Only 11 Crimson Hill properties remain on the market as the sales success of the first Defence Housing Australia (DHA) apartment development continues.
21 December 2015
Buyers snap up completed apartments at Crimson Hill
The release of completed apartments in Tubbs View and Dunstan Grove has been incredibly well received with two-thirds of the 50 apartments now sold since their launch to market, with a total value of more than $30 million.
17 December 2015
Shout Ridge takes shape at Crimson Hill
Shout Ridge is starting to reveal itself with the distinctive curves of the balconies taking shape and the soaring front balconies being formed up.
16 December 2015
Defence Housing Australia property – get the facts
There has been a lot of differing media commentary over the years about Defence Housing Australia (DHA) as an investment option. This article explores the common misconceptions about DHA property investments.
2 December 2015
Physical security training takes out top gong
An effort to ensure the safety of Defence Housing Australia (DHA) staff has been awarded top honours at this year’s Australian Institute of Training and Development Excellence Awards.
1 December 2015
Keeping in touch over the holiday period
It’s that time of the year when Defence families across the country are packing up their belongings and preparing to post to their next home. With this in mind, and the quickly looming Christmas and New Year holiday period, we want to make sure you know how to get in contact with us during this busy time.
16 November 2015
Breezes takes out two UDIA NT awards
Our Breezes Muirhead residential development in Darwin’s northern suburbs has taken out two awards at the 2015 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Northern Territory Awards for Excellence.
30 October 2015
DHA wins customer service gongs
DHA has taken out two awards at the Customer Service Institute of Australia (CSIA) Australian Service Excellence Awards in Melbourne this week.
30 September 2015
Bluewattle helping to build futures
Defence Housing Australia’s residential development ‘Bluewattle’ is helping to build futures in Rasmussen, proudly supporting Gtec’s Building Our Future program to create a community garden at the Upper Ross Community Centre.
27 August 2015
DHA NT projects win excellence awards
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has once again proven its standing as one of Australia’s premier residential developers, winning three awards at the annual Master Builders NT (MBANT), Excellence in Building and Construction (EBC) Awards.
23 July 2015
Program assists in keeping Top End green
Six locals have joined the growing list of green graduates in the Northern Territory, after completing the most recent round of Greening Australia’s program to up skill indigenous youth.
5 July 2015
Wirraway wings its way into the community
The Hunter Valley’s newest development is beginning to look like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, after a challenging start. Stage one civil works are nearing completion at Wirraway Thornton, a Defence Housing Australia (DHA) residential development, after the site was effected by the storms that hit the area in April.
24 June 2015
Breezes on Australia's Best Houses
As one of the newest and most innovative communities in Darwin, our award-winning development Breezes Muirhead featured on the television show 'Best Houses Australia’. This television series showcases some of the most exciting and visually stunning housing projects in Australia.
20 May 2015
DHA Chair welcomes no sale
Defence Housing Australia’s Chair, the Hon. Sandy Macdonald, has welcomed the announcement by Government that it will not proceed with a sale.
13 May 2015
Much anticipated land auction at Fetherston Ridge
If you dream of finding your own little pocket of serenity, right in the heart of Canberra, your new address awaits you at Fetherston Ridge. But you might have some stiff competition as registrations for the upcoming land auction are going through the roof.
11 May 2015
No sale of DHA
The Federal Government’s announcement to scrap the privatisation of DHA could not have come at a better time for those looking to invest in the property market in Australia. Our investment product has always been low-risk and Government-backed.
23 April 2015
Important storm update
Across the last three days much of the east coast of NSW has been subject to severe storm conditions. One of the worst hit areas has been the Hunter region, but also affected are homes in Sydney and the Illawarra regions.
20 April 2015
Spread your wings at Wirraway
The first release of land at the Hunter Valley’s newest residential development is about to take flight.
14 April 2015
What do you look forward to?
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is asking all Australians, ‘what do you look forward to?’ through its latest marketing campaign. The integrated campaign highlights the security and guaranteed rental return of investing in DHA property.
5 March 2015
Wonder Dog honoured in Brisbane
A very special war hero, with a story that will be passed down through the ages, was honoured this week at Warner Lakes The Reserve.
4 March 2015
Location and lifestyle lure buyers at Breezes
Chen Guo is so impressed with Breezes Muirhead that he purchased a second land lot in the neighbourhood on Saturday, securing a 654 m² lot in the newly released Euros neighbourhood.
17 February 2015
Greening Australia board visits Breezes Muirhead
Greening Australia’s National Board of Directors was among a group of approximately 30 conservationists that visited Breezes Muirhead last week, to learn about the successful cooperative conservation activities under way on the site.
12 February 2015
New life for historic cottages
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has commenced the first stages of work on the restoration of the historic ‘Gunners’ Cottages’ in Fremantle.
29 January 2015
Fetherston Ridge gains momentum
Stakeholders of one of Canberra’s newest developments ‘Fetherston Ridge’ in Weston have had the opportunity to walk through a selection of new homes this week, as Defence Housing Australia (DHA) showcases its premier ACT site to the community.
17 December 2014
MCA celebrates 500 property milestone
Friday 12 December marked an exciting milestone for our Members Choice Accommodation (MCA) program as the 500th property entered the property portfolio.
12 December 2014
AE2 residents celebrate end of year
On Saturday 6 December, residents came out to enjoy the 'community end of year party' at the AE2 residential development in Ermington. The community event was to celebrate one year since AE2 welcomed its first residents and the final completion of all 210 townhouses this year.
10 December 2014
Market makes noise as Shout Ridge apartments sell out
First home buyers, downsizers and young families – almost of third of whom had already purchased at DHA’s Lindfield development Crimson Hill on Sydney’s leafy North Shore - were among those to buy out the final stage of one and two-bedroom apartments at the development this week.
1 December 2014
Buyers rush to get a piece of Crimson Hill
Buyers snapped up the latest release at Defence Housing Australia's (DHA) Crimson Hill development, Shout Ridge, on the weekend, with only a few apartments still available.
24 November 2014
Partnership with local builder wins award
DHA’s partnership with Darwin builder PTM Group has seen its leading residential development in Darwin, Breezes Muirhead, take out top honours at the premier building industry awards recently.
24 November 2014
Breezes Muirhead community raises money for sick kids
The Breezes Muirhead community has raised $9,000 for Royal Darwin Hospital at their annual Family Fun Day, enabling the Hospital to purchase a state-of-the-art portable ultrasound for its Paediatrics Ward.
16 November 2014
Help make Breezes Muirhead people's choice
DHA’s premier residential development in Darwin, Breezes Muirhead, is a finalist in the Northern Territory Natural Resource Management (NRM) awards for its Indigenous training program.
21 October 2014
DHA Lessors get the inside word
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) lessors have gathered in Canberra and Sydney in October to get the Inside Word on their DHA property investment.
21 October 2014
Cuts to red tape to save DHA approximately $15 million
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has welcomed key changes to the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme, which will allow the award-winning developer to save approximately $15 million across a 12-month period and open its construction tenders to multitude of small businesses across the country.
16 October 2014
DHA increases its services to investors
Investors looking to sell their Defence Housing Australia (DHA) properties mid-lease will now be able to access a bank of qualified real estate agents, and keen investors, as part of a new panel arrangement.
15 October 2014
Maddi and Lloyd judge the best of Bluewattle
Award-winning developer, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) officially launched its Bluewattle Builder Display Village to the public in Townsville over the weekend.
13 October 2014
Orchard Rise sells out in two hours
It took just two hours on Saturday for all 27 land lots in the first release of Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) Orchard Rise to sell out.
10 October 2014
DHA delivers for Qld housing
A recently completed apartment complex in Stafford was handed over by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) to the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works today.
7 October 2014
Orchard Rise newest offering in Kellyville
Home buyers are encouraged to get in quick and register their interest with leading for the opportunity to purchase one of 31 highly-anticipated land lots within Kellyville’s latest residential development – Orchard Rise – ahead of the official land release on Saturday 11 October 2014 at 10am.
19 September 2014
Kids put green thumbs to work at Crimson Hill
Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) award-winning development Crimson Hill had a visit from 30, year one, Lindfield Public School students yesterday as part of an environmental sustainability program.
12 September 2014
Inaugural DHA summit proves successful
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) joined with other organisations that provide support services to Defence to discuss the future of aligned, cooperative and consultative defence/industry partnership.
2 September 2014
90,000 reasons to buy a badge
We are proud to support Legacy Week, an annual national appeal that raises awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.
31 August 2014
Rex D. Dog visits The Willows State School in Kirwan
The children of Defence families at The Willows State School got a very special visitor, with Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) favourite fury friend Rex D. Dog dropping by to help the school’s librarian read his book, Sticking Together, to a group of more than 80 Defence kids.
30 August 2014
Invest in your future
Generally speaking, your 20s are about career development, with a focus on building assets and wealth.
29 August 2014
Bluewattle is an award-winner
DHA’s Bluewattle residential development has yet again proved why it is the one of the most exciting new developments in Queensland, securing a Master Builders Far North Queensland Housing & Construction Award.
5 August 2014
Advisers appointed for scoping study
The Minister for Finance Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann has today announced the appointment of business and legal advisers for the scoping study into the future ownership of Defence Housing Australia (DHA).
1 July 2014
Donations still open
On 19 June, Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) Managing Director, Peter Howman joined more than 1,000 CEO’s across Australia spend a night sleeping rough, to experience homelessness first-hand for the 2014 St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleepout.
8 June 2014
Where should i buy next?
Property investors often want to know where to buy next, but sometimes in their search for the next hotspot they're missing some important variables.
4 June 2014
DHA to be a part of scoping study
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has been announced in the Federal Budget as one of the government agencies to be a part of a privatisation scoping study. The results of this study will determine if and when DHA will be sold.
23 May 2014
DHA supports Raiders' Women in League luncheon
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) acknowledged the important role of women in the rugby league community recently during the National Rugby League (NRL) Women in League round.
22 May 2014
Crimson Hill now a touch greener
The Crimson Hill residential development, located alongside Sydney’s Lane Cove National Park, is now boasting a green tinge of its own with the announcement it has received the esteemed EnviroDevelopment green tick of approval from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
21 May 2014
Rex D. Dog—one in a million paws
On Sunday 18 May, DHA’s favourite friend Rex D. Dog joined a crowd of more than 10,000 animal lovers and their furry friends at the Million Paws Walk in Canberra.
16 May 2014
Dr Katrina Warren to launch book for Defence kids
TV vet, and mother of one, Dr Katrina Warren will launch the second in a series of books aimed at kids of Defence force families on Sunday 18 May at Gold Creek Station, Hall. The book, Sticking Together, is a light-hearted story aimed at four to eight-year-olds.
25 April 2014
Raiders supporters wear DHA beanie with pride
Easter Sunday saw Canberra Raiders supporters head in droves to GIO Stadium to see their team take on Melbourne Storm and enjoy the fun and festivities of DHA’s match day entertainment.
17 April 2014
Canberra Raiders and DHA extend agreement
The Canberra Raiders and Defence Housing Australia (DHA) are proud to announce that they will extend their marketing agreement into the 2015 season, making this a three-year agreement.
8 April 2014
5 things lenders want to see on an application
There are a number of things that are a big tick for lenders when it comes to home loan applications. Many of them are simple changes you can make, but the result can be extremely rewarding.
26 March 2014
Green tick of approval for former industrial site
Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) new residential development Bayriver located in Largs North is the first South Australian project for the innovative developer to receive the esteemed EnviroDevelopment green tick of approval from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
18 March 2014
No cash? No problem
Building your portfolio can come to a halt if you have trouble saving for a deposit. You may not be able to generate your deposit through cash savings, but there are still ways to speed up the process of getting into your next property
5 March 2014
Bluewattle to leave a green legacy
The Bluewattle residential development in Townsville, is the first Queensland project for DHA to receive the esteemed EnviroDevelopment green tick of approval from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
27 February 2014
Community celebrates new housing in Yamanto
Last week we invited the community to celebrate our residential development in Yamanto, Ipswich. With stage two nearing completion, the celebration kicked off with stakeholders attending an official event to showcase the new housing.
24 February 2014
Tell us your story and get a free photo shoot
Moving a family around the country from one posting cycle to the next is a challenge that every Defence family faces, but doing so when you have big family and several pets creates a whole new meaning to the word challenge.
29 January 2014
DHA staff member awarded Australia Day honour
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) staff member Jon Barnes, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution and performance with an Australia Day Achievement Medallion.
20 January 2014
Housing finance through the roof
Home loan approvals in November reached their highest level in more than four years, according to new data released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
13 January 2014
Housing approvals rise again
New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows approval growth was strongest in Queensland, up 4.9 per cent, followed by South Australia, up four per cent.
12 December 2013
Top environmental rating achieved at Breezes
Breezes Muirhead is the first residential community in the Northern Territory to achieve the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment rating for excellence in sustainability, one of only nineteen residential communities in Australia to have received accreditation across six areas.
9 December 2013
Neighbours celebrate start of construction with street cricket
The new residents of Heartwood, Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA’s) residential development at Voyager Point, enjoyed a chance to meet their neighbours recently and enjoy a game of street cricket to celebrate the start of construction at the site.
21 November 2013
AE2 sets new standard for green communities
Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) newest residential development AE2, located 5km east of Parramatta CBD and 15km west of Sydney CBD, marks the first DHA development to be awarded Urban Development Institute Australia’s (UDIA) esteemed EnviroDevelopment certification.
17 November 2013
DHA to make its home in Newcastle CBD
Award-winning residential developer Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is moving its Hunter Valley operation into the CBD, as it prepares to extend its residential developments in the burgeoning city.
10 November 2013
Search on for Victoria Cross descendants
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is searching for the descendants of seven recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC) medal from the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915.
29 October 2013
Investors urged to rethink rates
With rate hikes on the horizon, investors should reconsider their current loan facilities, a mortgage adviser company has urged.
27 October 2013
Olympian’s former home to house Defence families
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) launched its latest residential development at Ermington, NSW. The Ermington site, which was also the home to Olympian and Australian legend Betty Cuthbert, includes 47, two and three-bedroom townhouses
22 October 2013
Families frolic at Twilight in the Park
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is moving into the Rasmussen community and recently held a Twilight in the Park event to introduce itself to its new neighbours.
21 October 2013
Heartwood snapped up in four hours
Four hours was all it took for the last release of Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA’s) Heartwood residential development to sell out on the weekend.
9 September 2013
One chance left to secure Heartwood
Time is running out to make your home in Heartwood with only one block remaining in the second release of the sought-after Defence Housing Australia (DHA) residential development.
2 September 2013
New LIA BAS rolls out
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is now providing Living In Accommodation (LIA) bookings in South Queensland. This is the first stage of the new LIA arrangements which will be gradually rolled out across the remaining regions by mid-2014.
26 August 2013
NT Property market on the up
The latest House Price Index points to increased confidence in the greater Darwin property market.
20 August 2013
DHA launches property fund
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has today announced the launch of DHA Investment Management Limited (DHA IML), and its first residential property fund.
20 August 2013
DHA goes mobile
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is on the road to mobile technology with the introduction of the latest mobile devices. Theses devices will allow DHA staff to provide more efficient service to Defence members and their families.
7 August 2013
DHA wins planning award
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has won an Engineering Excellence Award for its future development at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal in the Northern Territory.
7 August 2013
Crimson Hill auction this weekend
The opportunity to secure land and build your own home at Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA’s) Crimson Hill residential development is coming up fast with the auction of 10 land lots this weekend.
31 July 2013
DHA to give Indigenous trainees hands-on experience
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) will team with Greening Australia to provide hands-on horticultural experience to local Indigenous students. Through DHA’s residential development at Breezes Muirhead, the Breezes Muirhead Indigenous Training Program will deliver on-site training aimed at Indigenous participants in the local area.
30 July 2013
Land sales boom continues at Muirhead
In late July, the latest land release at Breezes Muirhead, Aquilo, sold out in hours. All 52 land lots, with a combined value in excess of $15 million, sold to buyers eager to claim a stake in the sought-after residential development. This is the fourth consecutive land release at Breezes Muirhead to sell out.
29 July 2013
Heartwood second release selling fast
The second release of DHA's residential development, Heartwood at Voyager Point is selling fast with deposits taken on 17 of the 27 land lots released last week.
28 July 2013
Work starts on Crimson Hill community centre
Bricks are being laid and buildings are starting to appear at DHA’s Crimson Hill residential development in Lindfield NSW. DHA recently began construction of the new community centre at the development which will represent the heart of Crimson Hill in Sydney’s leafy North Shore.
22 July 2013
Crimson Hill starting to take shape
DHA’s landmark development Crimson Hill on Sydney’s leafy North Shore is starting to take shape with the news that the first two builders have signed contracts to start work on three of the five precincts at the residential development.
14 July 2013
Artistic minds to intersect at Weston
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has today announced that its Fetherston Ridge residential precinct will be a literal intersection of artistic minds.
4 July 2013
5 keys to successful property investing
Nila Sweeney, managing editor of Your Investment Property magazine, says there’s so much ‘noise’ in the property market that if you followed all the ‘chatter’ and prognostications you would be scared to make a move. She offers five tips on what to do.
2 July 2013
Property preferences are changing
A barometer of property trends for 2013 shows increasing buyer interest in new properties as well as an 8% increase in investor interest to purchase.
23 June 2013
Properties selling faster
Residential properties across Australia are spending less time on the market than at this time last year.
21 June 2013
DHA to expand its role with Defence
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and the Department of Defence have signed a contract to provide a Living In Accommodation (LIA) Booking and Allocation Service to the Department of Defence for a period of five years.
20 June 2013
Housing grants remain in SA Budget
The South Australian Government has extended its cash grant of $8500 for anyone buying or building a new home until the end of the year.
12 June 2013
Quick ways to get your SMSF ready for property
Paul Cahill, CEO of ‘Club Plus Super’, the superannuation fund set up for Club Industry employees in New South Wales and ACT, suggests five steps investors can take to prepare themselves for SMSF property investing.
4 June 2013
Invest now but be cautious
Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) reports that while property investment opportunities are the best seen in years, potential buyers should remember to differentiate between advisers and marketers.
28 May 2013
Defence families urged to have a voice
Defence members and their families should let their voices be heard by participating in the Defence Families of Australia (DFA) family survey. The survey, which measures effectiveness of existing services as well as what needs are not being met, is produced annually.
28 May 2013
Buyers snap up tranquil Heartwood at Voyager Point
Eager buyers keen to have a tranquil piece of land to call their own have snapped up 21 of 26 land lots on offer in Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) Heartwood, residential development at Voyager Point.
10 May 2013
Darwin set for further growth
Major resource projects are likely to further reinforce the Northern Territory’s economic position and demand for housing.
9 May 2013
DHA to build new accommodation in Queensland
Approximately 49 apartments will be constructed for Defence Force members in the suburbs of Everton Park, Chermside and Stafford, as part of a new agreement between Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW).
4 May 2013
New community the heart of Voyager Point
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has today announced the release of its latest residential development in the heart of Voyager Point. Heartwood, is a masterplanned community, that will offer Sydney-siders a safe, peaceful and affordable corner to call home.
12 April 2013
Rates have hit the bottom
Interest rates appear to have bottomed out, causing analysts to wonder if investors should now be bracing for increases?
2 April 2013
Crimson Hill Community Centre given the go ahead
Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA’s) Crimson Hill development, in Lindfield, met a major milestone this week with the approval of its development application for a multi-purpose community centre.
20 February 2013
DHA wins UDIA Award for Excellence
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is honoured to accept the 2012 UDIA Queensland Boral Awards for Excellence for Gordon Olive Estate in Brisbane.
3 February 2013
DHA welcomes new Managing Director
Defence Housing Australia today announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, Mr Peter Howman. Mr Howman has worked at DHA for the past five years in the role of Chief Operating Officer.
29 January 2013
Apply for RA online
You can now apply for RA via Online Services - leaving the old paper application behind and allowing you to apply directly to the HMC. You can also update your domestic circumstances details and cease your RA via Online Services.
9 January 2013
DHA awards FMIS tender
Defence Housing Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of TechnologyOne to supply and implement a new finance system for the business enterprise.
15 October 2012
Gordon Olive Estate wins UDIA Award
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is honoured to accept the 2012 UDIA Queensland Boral Award for Excellence. At the awards ceremony on 12 October, DHA's Gordon Olive Estate in Brisbane was awarded first place in the Small Residential Subdivision.
17 July 2012
DHA and Raiders join forces in 2013
The Canberra Raiders are proud to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Defence
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