DHA recognises that not all Service families are the same. While many families will find a traditional suburban home will meet their needs, other families would prefer a property that is closer to restaurants, shops and other amenities or a property that has little to no yard maintenance requirements. In response to this the Department of Defence, along with DHA, has developed a new option to provide members with greater choices for housing their families.
Townhouse Choice provides flexibility to select a home that is closer to social hubs, spouse employment opportunities, or transport routes. Members posting into Canberra and Sydney will have access to the Townhouse Choice program from 1 July 2020. These properties offer you more flexibility in being able to choose your next home with some or all of these features, leaving you and your family more ability to enjoy your free time.
Similar to a Rent Band Choice Property you aren’t obligated to select a Townhouse Choice property. The choice is entirely up to you. Once you move into one of our Townhouse Choice properties we will manage your contributions, just like we do with a Service Residence. You can even select a property that is above your rent band entitlement if you are happy to pay the contribution under the Higher Contribution Scheme. You also have access to DHA’s maintenance contact centre.
Tenant Handbook (PDF 1.4 MB)
Policy relating to Townhouse Choice
Defence Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN), chapter 7
Policy relating to Rent Band Choice (RBCH) is determined by the Department of Defence and is outline in the Defence Pay and Conditions Manual.