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					Defence Housing Australia
                                                                                               Rental accommodation in the
                                                                                                                        Sydney region




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APPROxIMATE DISTANCE TO DEFENCE LOCATIONS              Sydney is Australia’s largest city and provides many options for living
City to Liverpool                        40kms         and recreation. Please take care when selecting your housing location
City to Glenbrook                        60kms
                                                       as travel across the city and suburbs may take 90 minutes or more by
City to Richmond                         62kms
                                                       car and significantly longer by public transport.
Richmond to Liverpool                    53kms

Richmond to Glenbrook                    33kms
                                                       The following websites have further information on      Many members find it difficult to secure
Glenbrook to Liverpool                   50kms
                                                       living in Sydney:                                       housing due to the availability of properties,
                                                       > Defence Housing Australia                             competitiveness of the market, lack of rental
                                                                                                               properties accepting pets, and the requirement to
                                                       > Department of State and Regional Development          inspect the property before a tenancy application
                                                                                                               is accepted. The Department of State and Regional
                                                       Finding a property                                      Development website may help with some of the
                                                       Sydney consists of four Defence rental areas:           rental issues specific to Sydney.

                                                       > Sydney Central which includes the City and            NOTE - Ceiling increases to cover any rent above
                                                         suburbs up to 30km from your base location.           the ceiling entitlement is not guaranteed, and must
                                                                                                               meet the requirements as set out in the Defence
                                                       > Liverpool is located to the south west of Sydney      Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN). You should
                                                         and includes surrounding suburbs to 30 km.            check your eligibility before submitting a request.
                                                       > Glenbrook is located in the Lower Blue Mountains
                                                         and includes surrounding suburbs to 30 km.            Townhouses and units
                                                                                                               The eastern half of Sydney has a very high
                                                       > Richmond is in the north-west of Sydney and
                                                                                                               proportion of medium density dwellings (flats, units
                                                         includes surrounding suburbs to 30 km.
                                                                                                               and townhouses), whereas the western suburbs
                                                                                                               have higher proportions of free-standing houses.
                                                       IMPORTANT – Each of these localities has its own
                                                                                                               Dwellings in the inner suburbs of the city are usually
                                                       rent ceiling and you should discuss this with your
                                                                                                               small with limited outdoor space compared to those
                                         MAP           relocations consultant before committing to housing
                                                                                                               found in other urban areas.
        A map of Sydney can be found on the            or enrolling your children in schools.
                                                                                                               Townhouses and units are subject to Body
    Defence Housing Australia (DHA) website            The inner, eastern and northern suburbs are
                                                                                                               Corporate rules. Please ask your landlord or real
                          and Google Maps              more expensive than the outer lying areas. The
                                                                                                               estate agent for details. The ability to keep pets in
                                                       different rent ceilings take this into consideration,
                                                                                                               townhouses is limited and you should check with
                                                       but selecting a rental property in these suburbs
                                                                                                               the landlord or real estate agent in regards to this.
                                                       does not mean you will have an entitlement to a
                                                                                                               Dogs must also be registered. If you have a pet may
                                                       ceiling increase.
                                                                                                               find it easier to find a rental property in the outer
                                                                                                               suburbs.



  PHONE              139 DHA (139 342)           FAx           Sydney Office (02) 8836 5790                              www.dha.gov.au
Defence Housing Australia
                                                                                              Rental accommodation in the
                                                                                                                         Sydney region




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   House hunting trips                                                            Health care
   House hunting trips are subject to approval. If you wish to apply for a        The Department of State and Regional Development
   house hunting trip please refer to PACMAN for your entitlements                has comprehensive advice on health care.
   or alternatively, contact DHA on 139 DHA (139 342).
                                                                                  Sport
   Utilities                                                                      For a complete list of sport, leisure and other social outlets see
   You will need to arrange your own utilities such as electricity, gas, pay      the Department of State and Regional Development website.
   TV, internet services or telephone. You should contact your local service
                                                                                  Water restrictions
   providers, or you may like to take advantage of the free Fast Connect
   service, where they will arrange for the disconnection and reconnection of     Water restrictions apply in Sydney. For details, please see the
   utilities on your behalf – you can contact them on 1300 661 464 (local call    Sydney Water website.
   cost) or access the service via the DHA website.
                                                                                  Public holidays
   Public transport                                                               The Department of State and Regional Development website
                                                                                  has a full list of public holidays.
   Sydney is Australia’s largest city; it may take 90 minutes or more to cross
   by car and significantly longer by public transport. The following websites    Where can I find more information?
   are good sources of information on public transport in Sydney:
                                                                                  The Defence Community Organisation (DCO) website has
   > NSW Transport Information                                                    frequently asked questions about housing and relocations.
   > Department of State and Regional Development                                 DCO has also produced comprehensive welcome guides for
                                                                                  the Sydney region:
   Schools                                                                        > Sydney guide | > Richmond guide | > Liverpool guide
   Sydney has a wide range of public and private schools.
   It is important that you decide on your housing arrangements before            Other useful sources of information include:
   finalising schools. Remember that it may prove impossible to locate suitable   > Visit NSW
   housing in particular suburbs, and Defence does not regard a choice of         > SydneyAustralia.com
   school as grounds to limit your search for a property.
                                                                                  > Department of State and Regional Development
   Visit the Department of Education website for information about NSW
   public schools.                                                                Climate
   The following websites have further information on private schools in NSW:     Sydney experiences a temperate climate with four main seasons
   > Association of Independent Schools of NSW                                    and members will notice significant differences from other parts of
   > Catholic Education Commission NSW                                            the country. The Department of State and Regional Development
                                                                                  website has more information.
   > Private Schools Guide

                                                                                  Contact DHA
   Child care
                                                                                  > DHA (139 DHA)                                                        139 342
   There is a wide variety of child care providers in Sydney. Some useful
                                                                                  > Sydney Office Fax                                             02 9761 5862
   contacts are:
                                                                                  > sydneyRAteam@dha.gov.au
   > Family Day Care Australia                                  1800 621 218
   > ABC Learning Centres                                       1800 222 543      > www.dha.gov.au
   > Child Care Access Hotline                                  1800 670 305
   > Department of Defence Child Care Centres
   > Australian Child Care Index




  PHONE          139 DHA (139 342)              FAx            Sydney Office (02) 8836 5790                               www.dha.gov.au