DHA officially began operations on 1 January 1988, over the next five years we focussed on acquiring new housing stock, selling, upgrading or demolishing houses that didn’t meet community standards. However, emphasis was also placed on the emotional role homes played in the lives of Defence members.
- Established as a statutory authority, and assumed responsibility for more than 23,000 properties Australia-wide (76 per cent of the Defence housing requirement) with about 17,000 of these requiring replacement or refurbishment to bring them up to an acceptable community standard.
- Implemented administrative structures including appointment of a Board of Directors, Managing Director, small Head Office in Canberra and a network of regional Housing Management Centres.
- Developed consultative arrangements with the Australian Defence Force, Defence personnel and their families, and other interest groups such as the National Consultative Group of Service Spouses.
- Embarked on a considerable capital works, upgrade, and improvement program with Government commitment of not less than $750 million (in 1986 dollars) for capital expenditure over 10 years.
- Initiated corporate planning, including the development of strategic objectives and performance indicators, as well as strategies to:
- pursue large residential development and construction projects in collaboration with the private sector
- access commercial borrowings
- establish long-term leasing arrangements with individual and institutional investors.