Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and what is their role as a developer?

​​DHA was established over 30 years ago to create a better lifestyle for Australian Defence members and their families—to ensure that they have quality homes in proximity to Defence facilities. To meet this requirement, DHA also delivers residential development projects across Australia.

When will the project be completed?

It is anticipated for the currently approved Development Control Plan (DCP) area to be completed in 2022. With the DCP modification, the development completion date will be subject to the extent of the additional residential area approved and market conditions. This may result in the project completion date extending to 2026.


Will all the homes in the Lawson North development be exclusively for Defence families?

No. DHA plans to create a sustainable residential development for Defence families and the local community. Some lots will be retained by DHA on which homes will be built for Defence members and their families, with the remaining lots to be made available for public purchase.


How many land blocks will be created across the Lawson North development?


The proposed development will be delivered over a number of stages:

Stage 1 proposes to deliver a mix of low-density and medium-density residential development, including about 170 residential dwellings on approximately 22 hectares of land.

Stage 2 proposes to expand the developable area by approximately 30 hectares to deliver a mix of low-density and medium-density residential development, including approximately 400 additional residential dwellings. Stage 2 signifies the future proposed development of the site, but this stage may be delivered in a number of releases, depending upon planning approvals and demand.

These combined stages could see the total residential development proposed at Lawson North deliver approximately 570 dwellings. About half of these will be retained for Defence members and their families, with surplus land lots being released for sale.


Will there be any community spaces available? ​

An abundance of open space, parkland and community facilities will be provided for residents and the wider public to enjoy. DHA and the ACT Government are discussing the ownership of the remaining land within Lawson North.

The vision is for the public to be able to access the areas which are currently restricted, through reclassifying them as public open space. The aim is to allow the land fronting Lake Ginninderra to be accessible to the public and connect it to the proposed development area and the surrounding suburbs via walking tracks and cycling paths.


The goal is to deliver a neighbourhood characterised by quality homes that encapsulate innovation and sustainability, tree-lined streets and vibrant community spaces.

*Information correct as at May 2020.