About us

Thank you for considering a career with Defence Housing Australia.

We were established as a statutory authority in 1988 and became a Government Business Enterprise (GBE) in 1992, to undertake business activities on behalf of the Australian Government.

Our main function is to provide housing and related services to Defence members and their families in response to Defence requirements. In fulfilling this role, we contribute to Defence retention, recruitment and operational goals.

We are active in Australian residential housing markets, construction, purchasing and leasing houses for Defence personnel.

DHA staff member and Defence personnel member sitting smiling at an office desk

We are a large property manager responsible for managing the allocation of dwellings to Defence members and the resulting tenancies.

We are also a major land developer. We acquire and develop land to build enduring and sustainable communities of mixed military and private owners.

We finance our activities by selling and leasing back dwellings through our Property Investment Program (PIP), the sale of land and dwellings from major developments and the disposal of surplus properties.

Our values - what we look for

DHA operates in a complex and dynamic environment. We look for and value employees that demonstrate behaviours that align to our values:


We are ambitious, innovative and engaged in what we do.

  • Seek and create change and innovation
  • Work positively and enthusiastically
  • Find and create opportunities for growth
  • Be ambitious and creative
  • Empower individual decision making and performance


We value, trust and recognise our people, customers, clients and stakeholders.

  • Recognise and support the role of Defence members and their families
  • Value each individual’s role, experience and contribution
  • Keep people and customers at the centre of decision making
  • Harness the contributions and strengths of different industries and sectors


We are bold in what we seek to achieve, constantly learning and aiming to be leaders in every way.

  • Aim big to be the best we can be
  • Be leaders at every level
  • Seek personal growth and learning
  • Engage thoroughly and thoughtfully
  • Do what it takes
  • Strive for high performance


We do what we say we will do with professionalism, efficiency and diligence.

  • Consistently meet agreed targets
  • Seek professional excellence and industry leadership
  • Be open and transparent in communications
  • Overcome challenges and find solutions
  • Express and receive feedback
  • Act ethically and honestly


We strive to develop sound relationships and collaborate to achieve our core purpose and build strong communities for our people, customers, clients and stakeholders.

  • Work together to achieve clarity and purpose
  • Build strong communities
  • Share generously and help each other
  • Be inclusive and value diversity
  • Help each other


We are focussed in all of our efforts, balancing long and short term work, family, profit and social aims.

  • Promote wellbeing and care for people
  • Make sound, balanced decisions that consider competing priorities and timelines
  • Trust and support people
  • Be flexible and responsive to individual needs
  • Take actions that are enduring, efficient and add value

What we offer

Defence Housing Australia offers employees an attractive suite of employment conditions including:


Learning and development

Structured on the job training plus a year round calendar of professionally facilitated relevant courses.


Study leave / study options

Up to $7,500 a year of study assistance and three hours per week paid study leave.


Life balance

Flexible working arrangements, employee wellness programs and employee assistance programs.


Performance management

Achieve results through performance management. Everybody at DHA has a Performance Development Agreement.


Rewards and recognition

DHA recognises that high performing staff are the key to our success, that’s why employees who perform well are rewarded for their efforts through a formal reward and recognition process.


Christmas shutdown

DHA offices are closed from COB on the last working day before Christmas to the first working day after 1 January, giving employees a break and a chance to spend some time with family and friends. DHA uses skeleton staffing for two days during the Christmas shutdown period, some operations staff such as Property Managers are rostered to assist with our peak posting period.


Generous leave entitlements

DHA’s current Enterprise Agreement sets out some attractive leave entitlements.


Careers with us

Looking for an opportunity with DHA?

Applying for a job with us

Career opportunities at DHA are advertised on this website, as well as on the APS Jobs website, and can also be located on career search websites by utilising key word searches Defence Housing Australia and DHA.

The Australian Public Service Commission has a published a useful guide Cracking the code to assist people in applying for jobs in the public service.

Employees are engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 and conditions of service and salary scales are set out in the DHA Enterprise Agreement 2015 (PDF 845 kB).

Working for Defence Housing Australia requires the highest standards of conduct. Exemplary ethical conduct on the part of our employees contributes significantly to the standing of DHA with our shareholders, customers and clients.

Employees are required to uphold the Australian Public Service (APS) Values and DHA Values, and comply with the APS Code of Conduct.


Australian Citizenship is required for employment with DHA. The Public Service Act 1999 provides that an agency must not employ a person who is not an Australian citizen as an APS employee; unless it is considered appropriate to do so. However a waiver may be appropriate in exceptional circumstances where it is essential to the efficiency and effectiveness of DHA’s operations and non-citizens who are in the process of obtaining citizenship may be appointed to positions within DHA.

Security clearances

All positions at DHA require you to have a security clearance.

At DHA the two most common levels of security clearances required are Baseline and Negative Vetting Level 1.

Baseline is the minimum clearance required to work in DHA. It allows access to classified information and resources up to and including PROTECTED level. It requires at least a five year background check.

Negative Vetting Level 1 allows access to classified information and resources up to and including SECRET level. It requires a 10 years background check.

More details about security clearances and how the process works can be found on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency website:

Essential formal qualifications

If your position requires you to have a formal qualification, you will need to provide proof of your academic/professional qualifications.  Any claims you make with regard to academic and/or professional qualifications must be true and be capable of being verified with the relevant institution.

More information

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