Commonwealth
Government Business Enterprises

 

 Defence Housing Australia (DHA)

https://www.dha.gov.au/

DHA sits within the Defence Portfolio, reporting to the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Finance as joint Shareholder Ministers.

Corporate form

DHA is:

  • a statutory agency for the purpose of the Public Service Act 1999 and
  • a Corporate Commonwealth Entity for the purposes of the PGPA Act.

Enabling legislation

The enabling legislation for DHA is the Defence Housing Australia Act 1987 (DHA Act). The DHA Act:

  • establishes the main function of DHA in providing adequate and suitable housing for, and housing-related services to members of the Defence Force and their families, which contribute to Defence retention, recruitment and operational goals 
  • establishes subsidiary functions in the provision of suitable housing and related services to officials of non-Corporate Commonwealth entities
  • confirms a broad range of powers for DHA which are relevant to its function
  • sets a maximum limitation on DHA’s capacity to enter into a contract without the prior written approval of the Shareholder Ministers
  • authorises Shareholder Ministers to issue directions to DHA, which must be complied with
  • authorises the Board to establish committees to assist in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers,
  • establishes the DHA Advisory Committee an advisory committee which includes, among others, persons appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force; and
  • notes that staff shall be engaged under the Public Service Act 1999

Constituent documents

DHA does not have any separate constituent documents.

Capital structure

DHA is wholly-owned by the Commonwealth.

DHA does not receive funding directly from the Federal Budget. DHA has access to a government-provided debt facility and funds its operations through:

  • the receipt of fees and charges from Defence for its services
  • generating revenue from:
    • selling and leasing back properties through its Sale and Leaseback Program
    • the disposal of excess land and completed properties from its developments
    • the disposal of properties that no longer meet minimum Defence standards or requirements.