Ways to invest

Buy a DHA investment property

You can buy a property we own and lease it back to us.

Find out how to buy a DHA investment property. 

Lease your property to DHA

If you own a property, ask us if we would like to lease it. 

See where we are currently looking for properties.

Understand your return on investment

For all of our properties, we say what "gross yield" you can expect. Gross yield is how much income an asset will produce each year (before taxes and expenses are deducted), as a percentage of the property price. 

You can work it out this way: Weekly rental income x 52 weeks / property price x 100.

Where possible, we also say what expenses you can expect for each property.

Find out what you can afford

We have compiled a list of resources to help you decide if a DHA investment is right for you.

See our investment calculators.

Who can be a DHA investor

Almost anyone can buy a DHA investment property or lease their property to us. You don’t have to be a Defence member, most of our investors don't have a connection to Defence.

Keep in mind your entitlements may be affected if you post to the same location as your investment property.

You can invest with us if you live overseas.

You must:

  • have an Australian bank account
  • be eligible to invest in Australia

The Foreign Investment Review Board provides information on who can invest in Australia. You should also seek advice from a financial expert.

 You can invest with us through a:

  • company
  • trust
  • self managed super fund

Many of our properties are purchased by entities such as these. They benefit from our long lease terms, reliable rental income, and property care agreements.

Rent may be subject to abatement under certain circumstances such as loss of enjoyment or amenity, or breach of lease terms. Rent is paid where the property is habitable. Should a property become uninhabitable during the term of the lease, or lessor breaches the lease terms, the rent may cease or abate and lease may be terminated by DHA. Guaranteed rent is subject to the terms of the lease. DHA does not take into account an investor’s objectives or financial needs. Investors should always seek appropriate independent advice before making any investment decisions with DHA.