7.6.4 Suitable Service residence
Example for table item 6: an elderly parent or a member's live-in carer.
Example 1: A member has a spouse, daughters aged 14 and 11, and a son aged 6. The member's father-in-law is a recognised dependant.
The member and spouse share a bedroom.
The elder daughter is in school year 9, and gets her own bedroom.
The younger daughter is in school year 6 and the son is in school year 1. As they are different genders they get a bedroom each. (If the children were the same gender, the five year age difference would also usually mean they get a bedroom each.)
The member's father-in-law gets his own bedroom, as he is an adult dependant but not a spouse or partner.
The member requires a five-bedroom Service residence.
Non-example: A member has a spouse, a 12 year old son and a six year old daughter. The member has a resident child carer. The resident child carer is not considered as a factor when deciding whether a Service residence is suitable. The member is not eligible to a four- bedroom Service residence, a three-bedroom Service residence is considered suitable for the purpose of assessing eligibility for housing assistance.
Example: Factors that the CDF may take into consideration when assessing the suitability of a Service residence might include either of the following.
The member or a dependant has accessibility requirements.
The member needs to be located close to rehabilitation facilities.
Example 2: In Example 1, the member moves to a posting in a very small town. There are no Service residences with five bedrooms and no homes of that size for rent in the town. The member accepts a four-bedroom Service residence. Two of the children share a room. The Service residence is considered suitable.
7.6.5 Classification of Service residence and rent band choice accommodation
7.6.6 Members with special needs dependants
Example: A child in a wheelchair may be able to live in a Service residence if ramps are installed and a shower is modified.
Non example: The parents of a hyperactive child may prefer the child not to share a bedroom. However, that does not give rise to an additional bedroom benefit.
A member who is recognised as having a dependant with special needs should write this on their 'Application for relocation (PDF 218KB)' form. The member must attach a copy of their special needs assessment of assistance letter. This will alert the Defence Housing Australia so they can offer a Service residence that meets the need.
Note: Special needs assistance for housing is coordinated by the Housing Management Centre, with help from the Defence Special Needs Support Group or the Defence Member and Family Support. Details can be obtained through the Defence Family Helpline on telephone 1800 624 608 or through the Defence Service Centre on telephone 1800 333 362.