Department of Defence
The primary role of the Department of Defence is to defend Australia and its national interests, promote security and stability in the world and support the Australian community, as directed by the Government.
Defence Housing Australia provides housing and related services for Defence members and their families. Defence Housing Australia aspires to not just build quality housing but also build communities in the development areas.
The Department of Defence, Directorate of Relocations and Housing, has overarching responsibility for housing and relocation services being delivered to Defence members and families. The Bundock Street Housing Redevelopment is being initiated, planned and delivered by the Directorate of Relocations and Housing, in partnership with Defence Housing Australia, to supply a proposed 62 houses to Defence families on Bundock Street at the Randwick Barracks.
In April 2023, the Government released its Strategic Defence Review. This resulted in a reprioritisation of the Sydney Live-In Accommodation (LIA) project, which was proposing to construct 991 single-bedroom accommodation units at Randwick Barracks. The LIA project will not be proceeding at this time. The Bundock Street Housing Redevelopment Project is unaffected by the Defence Strategic Review and will proceed.
History of Randwick Barracks
The Randwick Barracks site has a long and interesting history. It was part of the traditional lands occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal people. The site usage has changed over time from being used as an informal rifle range to becoming the operational barracks that it still is today.
Original land of the Eora nation Bidjigal & Gadigal people
Land was used for church and school use
Randwick Rifle Range and School of Musketry
End of long-range target training. Small Arms School established
Royal Australian Navy stores and buildings constructed. Used by the Australian and Allied armed forces during WWII. Sand mining and infill activities
Development of housing for Defence families adjacent to Bundock Street and other areas within Randwick Barracks
160 Defence Housing Australia dwellings - Moverly Green, South Coogee.
Quarters housing development
Demolition of naval stores and former married quarters
Barracks Master Plan and Randwick City Council’s Development Control Plan (E1 Bundock Street DCP)
Randwick Environment Park and Community Centre delivered by Defence
Navy Training Systems Centre.
Joongah Street housing development for Defence families
Planning for Randwick Barracks Sydney Live-in Accommodation* and Bundock Street Housing Redevelopment
*In April 2023, the Government released its Strategic Defence Review. This resulted in a reprioritisation of the Sydney LIA project, and it will not be proceeding at this time.