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Division 5: Rent band choice homes

7.6.18 Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Division is to provide housing assistance that makes a wider range of housing choice available for members.

  2. Rent band choice allows a member to choose a residence in a better location to suit their lifestyle. The member chooses to occupy a rent band choice home that does not meet the minimum standard for a Service residence, but is in an attractive location.

    Examples: Rent band choice accommodation includes homes such as inner urban apartments, townhouses and flats.

7.6.19 Rent band choice

  1. Rent band choice is off-base accommodation made available by Defence Housing Australia that meets the following conditions.

    1. It falls outside the minimum standard required for a market-rent-based classification.

      See: Division 3, Market rent-based classification of a Service residence

    2. It is not classified as an amenity-based Service residence.

      See: Division 4, Amenity-based classification of a Service residence

    3. Annex 7.B provides a rent band for its location.

      See: Annex 7.B, Regional rent bands

    4. Its market rent falls into one of the rent bands set for its location.

  2. A rent band choice home is classified under the rent band that the home's rent falls into.

    See: Division 1 section 7.6.3, Definition of rent range

  3. A member may be offered an available rent band choice home that corresponds to their rank group and a rent band in the table.

    Rent band
    Item If a member has a rank in this group... then their rent band is...
    1. Corporal or lower
    Sergeant
    Staff Sergeant
    Second Lieutenant
    Lieutenant
    1
    2. Warrant Officer Class 2
    Warrant Officer Class 1
    Captain
    2
    3. Major
    Lieutenant Colonel
    3
    4. Colonel
    Brigadier
    4
  4. If a member accepts the offer of a rent band choice home, then that offer is taken to be a reasonable offer of a suitable Service residence, regardless of the rent band that the home is in.

  5. A member who refuses a rent band choice home offered to them is taken not to have rejected a reasonable offer.

7.6.20 Member living in a rent band choice home above their rank group

  1. The CDF may offer a member a rent band choice home that is in a rent band above the one specified for the member's rank group in the table in section 7.6.19.

  2. If the member accepts the offer of a home under this section, they must pay their contribution under the choice contribution scheme listed for their rank group and the rent band that the rent band choice home is in, under Part 2 of Annex 7.A.

    See: Part 2 of Annex 7.A, Contributions for Service residence or rent band choice accommodation

  3. Exception: The member is on a flexible service determination (weeks per month pattern of service). The member's rate of contribution is set out in the following table.

    Item If the member's pattern of service over each four week period is… the member's contribution is...
    1. one week working, three weeks not working, 150% of the rate that applies to them under Annex 7.4.B.
    2. two weeks working, two weeks not working, 100% of the rate that applies to them under Annex 7.4.B.
    3. three weeks working, one week not working,

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 7.6.20.1 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:

  • Team Leader in the Housing Contact Centre
  • Regional Housing Specialist in the Housing Management Centre
  • Housing Contact Centre Manager
  • Regional Director in a Housing Management Centre
  • National Housing Manager
Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

7.6.21 Member living in rent band choice home below their rank group

  1. The CDF may offer a member a rent band choice home that is below the rank group specified for the member in the table in section 7.6.19.

  2. If the member accepts the offer of a home under this section, they must pay the contribution for the rent band that the rent band choice home is in, under Part 1 of Annex 7.A.

    Exception: The member is on a flexible service determination (weeks per month pattern of service). The member's rate of contribution is set out in the following table.

    Item If the member's pattern of service over each four week period is… the member's contribution is...
    1. one week working, three weeks not working, 150% of the rate that applies to them under Annex 7.4.B.
    2. two weeks working, two weeks not working, 100% of the rate that applies to them under Annex 7.4.B.
    3. three weeks working, one week not working,

    Note: This contribution is listed under a lower rank group.

    See: Part 1 of Annex 7.A, Contributions for Service residence or rent band choice accommodation

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 7.6.21.1 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:

  • Team Leader in the Housing Contact Centre
  • Regional Housing Specialist in the Housing Management Centre
  • Housing Contact Centre Manager
  • Regional Director in a Housing Management Centre
  • National Housing Manager
Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

7.6.22 Transfer to Sydney apartment trial

  1. This section applies if both the following conditions are met.

    1. A member is living in a rent band choice home in a Sydney suburb listed in Annex 7.C.

      See: Annex 7.C, Sydney apartment trial suburbs

    2. The home is an apartment that meets the apartment minimum standards set for the Sydney apartment trial.

      See: Division 10 section 7.6.68, Apartment minimum standards

  2. The member is taken to be part of the Sydney apartment trial. The member is taken not to be living in a rent band choice home.

    See: Division 10, Sydney apartment trial

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.



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