Step 1: Check your eligibility

Service Residences - Who is eligible?

Service Residences (SR) are generally provided to Members With Dependants (MWD).
You are eligible for a SR if you fit into any of these groups:
  • You have a spouse, recognised interdependent partner or children who live with you
  • You have other Defence recognised dependants who normally live with you, or
  • You are a member with dependants (unaccompanied) and your dependants need housing.

What type of Service Residence will I be offered?

The SR offered to you is dependent on:

  • The SR classification (this is based on the market rent value of the property) and your Group Rank Entitlement (GRE) according to the Defence Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN), Chapter 7
  • The gender, ages and number of dependants (child or adult), and
  • Your posting locality.

If you own a home in your current posting location and it is suitable for you to live in, you will not be eligible for SR.

Rent Band Choice - Who is eligible?

Rent Band Choice is a housing option for Members With Dependants (MWD). You are eligible for a RBCH if you fit into any of these groups:

  • You have a spouse, recognised interdependent partner or children who live with you
  • You have other Defence recognised dependants who normally live with you, or
  • You are a member with dependants (unaccompanied) and your dependants need housing.

If you own a home in your current posting location and it is suitable for you to live in, you will not be eligible for a RBCH property.

What type of Rent Band Choice property can I choose?

As it is your choice to select a RBCH home you are able to select a property that is either at your Group Rank Entitlement (GRE) according to the Defence Pay and Contributions Manual (PACMAN), Chapter 7 or a RBCH home that is in the rent band above or below your GRE.

If you choose a RBCH home that is above your GRE you will pay the RBCH contribution calculated based on the Higher Contribution Scheme.

If you choose a RBCH home that is in the rent band below your rank group you will pay the RBCH contribution amount that the RBCH home you have chosen is in.

What do I pay?

You pay a contribution towards the cost of your SR or RBCH on a fortnightly basis. If you choose an SR or RBCH from a higher rent band than your GRE, you will pay an additional contribution.

View the Member Entitlement Policy (MEP).

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