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This Determination amends the Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service to make routine adjustments to education assistance.
Administered by: Defence
Made 01 Feb 2018
Registered 05 Feb 2018
Tabled HR 06 Feb 2018
Tabled Senate 07 Feb 2018
Date of repeal 09 Feb 2018
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
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Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Education assistance and reunion travel) Determination 2018 (No. 9)

I, FIONA LOUISE McSPEERIN, Assistant Secretary, People Policy and Employment Conditions, make the following Determination under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903.

Dated   1 February 2018                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F L McSPEERIN

Assistant Secretary
People Policy and Employment Conditions
Defence People Group

 

 

 


Contents

1......... Name............................................................................................................................... 2

2......... Commencement............................................................................................................... 2

3......... Authority......................................................................................................................... 2

4......... Schedules......................................................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1— Education assistance amendments                                                                          3

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service                                                                 

Schedule 2— Overseas education assistance amendments                                                      5

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service                                                                 

Schedule 3—Overseas education assistance and reunion travel amendments         11

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service                                                                 

 

 

 


 

1  Name

                   This instrument is the Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Education assistance and reunion travel) Determination 2018 (No. 9).

2  Commencement

                   This instrument commences on 8 February 2018.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

 


Schedule 1—Education assistance amendments

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service

 

1
Subsection 8.4.10.3 (Face-to-face tutoring)

 

Omit "$96", substitute "$100".

2
Subsection 8.4.11.5 (Web-based tutoring), calculation example table

 

Omit calculation example table, substitute.

 

Step

Action

1.

The child has studied maths before. The maximum limit is in Item 1 of the table in subsection 6, and is $1,403.

2.

The child only has one subject recommended, and had the coaching.

3.

Multiply outcome of Step 2 by outcome of Step 1:

$1,403  x  1 =  $1,403

4.

The child had 4 hours of face-to-face tutoring.

 

4 hours face-to-face tutoring x $100 an hour  = $400

5.

$1,403 – $400 = $1,003

6.

The member may be reimbursed up to $1,003 for web-based tutoring.

 

3
Subsection 8.4.11.6 (Web-based tutoring), tutoring limits example table

 

Omit the tutoring limits example table, substitute:

 

Item

If the subject...

and the child...

then the maximum limit is...

1.

is offered at the new school

has studied the subject before

$1,403.

2.

has not studied the subject before

$2,605.

3.

is not offered at the new school

meets both of the following conditions:

1. The child is in Year 10, 11 or 12.

2. The child needs to study the subject, as it is essential to their career aims.

Example: A student wishes to pursue a career in music. Music courses are not available at the new school.

$5,210.

 


 

 

4
Subsection 8.4.14.3 (Children with special needs), table

 

Omit the table, substitute:

 

Item

If the special needs child requires...

then the benefit is...

1.

a therapy service or tuition not provided at the school, but critical to educational progress

one hour a week for 14 weeks, at a maximum of $100 an hour for each service needed.

2.

an assessment of the need, critical to the development of an educational program

a private assessment of the need, up to $737.

 

5
Subsection 8.4.14.5 (Children with special needs)

 

Omit the subsection, substitute:

5.

The CDF may approve attendance at a private school to access a special program. If approved, the member may receive the cost of compulsory tuition fees up to $27,542 a year. A member contribution of $361 a year is required.

6
Subsection 8.4.15.4 (CDF discretion to extend education assistance)

 

Omit "$96", substitute "$100".

7
Subsection 8.4.21.1 (Rates of reimbursement), table

 

Omit the table, substitute:

 

Item

The maximum reimbursement or upfront payment over a 12 month period is...

after the member has first paid...

Compulsory tuition fees

1.

The cost of compulsory tuition fees to a maximum of $27,542

$361.

Accommodation

2.

If in boarding school or a commercial establishment, the cost of board to maximum of $24,865

$3,033.

($2,616 if the first year of boarding)

3.

If accommodated privately, the cost of board to a maximum of $15,766

Example: A lodger boarding in a private home.

 

8
Subsection 8.4.25.1 (Rate and period of assistance)

 

Omit "$360", substitute "$363".

 

 


Schedule 2—Overseas education assistance amendments

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service

 

1
Section 15.6.2 (Member this Part applies to)

 

Omit the section, substitute:

15.6.2   Member this Part applies to

 

A member is eligible for education assistance under this Part if the member meets all of the following conditions.

 

a.

The member is on a long-term overseas posting.

 

b.

The member has a child who is a dependant.

 

c.

The child meets one of the following conditions.

 

i.

The child is enrolled in pre-school and is at least 3 years of age.

 

ii.

The child is enrolled in full-time primary school.

 

iii.

The child is enrolled in full-time secondary school.

 

iv.

The child is enrolled in full-time tertiary education.

 

d.

The member is accompanied.

Exception: The CDF may approve education assistance for unaccompanied members who have primary parental responsibility or care of a dependant.

2
Subsection 15.6.10.3 (Education assistance benefit – general), table

 

Omit the table, substitute:

 

Item

School level

Annual contribution in AUD

1.

Pre-school

481

2.

Primary school

164

3.

Secondary school

382

 

3
Subsection 15.6.22A.5 (Education assistance – Cherbourg)

 

Omit "370", substitute "382".


 

4
Subsection 15.6.23.1 (Purpose)

 

Omit the subsection, substitute:

1.

The purpose of this Division is to assist an eligible member with the costs associated with their child who is a dependant, to study or attend school in Australia while the member is posted overseas.

See: Division 1
Section 15.6.5, Reimbursement
Section 15.6.6, Up-front payment

5
Section 15.6.24 (Member this Division applies to)

 

Omit the section, substitute:

15.6.24   Member eligible for education assistance – primary or secondary student

1.

To be eligible for education assistance for a child enrolled in a primary school or secondary school under this Division, the following conditions must be met.

 

a.

The member is on a long-term overseas posting.

 

b.

The member's child is a dependant and the child meets all the following conditions.

 

i.

The child is normally part of the member's household.

 

ii.

The child is eligible for removal as a dependant of the member.

 

iii.

The child remains in Australia to attend primary or secondary school.

 

iv.

The accommodation the child mainly lives in during their study is not the family home.

2.

An eligible member will continue to receive education assistance for the child until the child completes secondary school.

See: Section 15.6.27, Period of education assistance

15.6.24A   Member eligible for education assistance – tertiary student

1.

To be eligible for education assistance for a child enrolled in a tertiary institution under this Division, the following conditions must be met.

 

a.

The member is on a long-term overseas posting.

 

b.

The member's child is a dependant and the child meets all the following.

 

i.

The child will turn 18 years of age on or after 1 December of the year following the child's completion of secondary school.

Example: The member's child completes secondary school in October 2018. The child meets this criterion if their 18th birthday is on or after 1 December 2019.

Non-example: The member's child completes secondary school in October 2018. The child turns 18 on 8 November 2019. The child does not meet the criterion for education assistance at a tertiary institution and education assistance ceases at the end of the child's completion of secondary school.

 

ii.

The child is normally part of the member's household.

 

iii.

The accommodation the child mainly lives in during their study is not the family home.

 

iv.

The child is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate course at a tertiary institution within Australia.

 

v.

The child must physically attend the tertiary institution for face-to-face teaching to meet the requirements of the course.

Note: Education assistance is not restricted if some subjects are available online.

2.

Assistance is limited to accommodation costs under subsection 15.6.25.1, table items 2 and 3. The member is not eligible for assistance with tuition fees under this Division.


6
Subsection 15.6.25.1 (Rates of assistance)

 

Omit the subsection, substitute:

1.

The following table provides both the following.

 

a.

The annual maximum reimbursement or up-front payment amount for a child's compulsory tuition fees and accommodation costs (including meals and laundry).


 

 

b.

The contribution that a member is required to make towards the tuition fees and accommodation for their child who is a dependant.

 

See: Division 1
Section 15.6.5, Reimbursement
Section 15.6.6, Up-front payment

 

Item

The maximum reimbursement or upfront payment over a 12 month period is...

after the member has first paid...

Compulsory tuition fees

1.

AUD 27,542 for the cost of compulsory tuition

AUD 164 if the child is in pre-school or primary school.

AUD 382 if the child is in secondary school.

Note: No assistance towards tuition fees is provided for a child enrolled full-time in an undergraduate course at a tertiary institution.

Accommodation

2.

AUD 24,865 for the cost of accommodation charged by a boarding school, a tertiary institution or a commercial establishment

Note: The accommodation fees may cover additional services such as meals, laundry or internet usage. Items not included in accommodation fees are not reimbursable. The total fee is reimbursable up to the limit above.

the greater of the following.

a.

AUD 3,033 (AUD 2,616 if the first year of boarding).

b.

The annual cost incurred by the member for the child's accommodation that was current on the day before the date the notice of posting was issued to the member.

Note: If the child lives in the family home, no assistance is provided under this Division.

3.

AUD 15,766 for the cost of private accommodation

Example: A lodger boarding in a private home.

the greater of the following.

a.

AUD 3,033.

b.

The annual cost incurred by the member for the child's accommodation that was current on the day before the date the notice of posting was issued to the member.

Note: If the child lives in the family home, no assistance is provided under this Division.

 

7
Subsection 15.6.25.2 (Rates of assistance)

 

Omit the subsection.

8
Subsection 15.6.27 (Period of reimbursement)

 

Omit the subsection, substitute:

15.6.27   Period of education assistance

1.

For this Division, education assistance begins on the earliest of the following dates.

 

a.

The first day of the member's posting period.

 

b.

The first day of the next school term, after the member begins duty at the posting location.

 

c.

The first day of any assessment period to gain entry for the next year of schooling.

2.

For a primary or secondary student the period ends on the last day of the school year after the end of the member's posting period.

Exception: If the child is in the final two years of secondary school, the period ends on the last day of the child's secondary schooling, after the end of the member's posting period.

3.

Despite subsection 2, the period does not extend beyond the last day of the school year during which a member’s posting ends, unless the child meets both the following conditions.

 

a.

When the posting ends, the child is attending a secondary school in Australia.

 

b.

The child meets the requirements of the following table.

 

Item

If the child is in...

then the child must have attended secondary school in Australia...

1.

the first year of secondary school

from the beginning of the school year.

2.

any other year of secondary school

for at least four school terms before the day on which the posting ends.

 

4.

For a tertiary student the period ends when the child turns 18 years of age.

5.

The period also ends if a parent permanently leaves the posting location to return to Australia and lives at the location where the child is studying.

Exception: The CDF may decide that this subsection should not apply for a fixed period where it is not reasonable for the child to live with that parent.

Example: A child is attending boarding school in Brisbane during a member's long-term posting. The member's spouse becomes seriously ill and returns from the post to Australia for urgent medical treatment. Although the spouse is living in the family home in Brisbane, the child continues to board at the school because the spouse is unable to provide day-to-day care. The CDF approves that this section should not apply during the period of the spouse's medical treatment.

6.

If any assistance continues after the end of the posting period, the assistance is provided only for the school the child attended immediately before the end of the posting period.


 

9
Section 15.6.28 (Approval only in special cases if parent lives with child in Australia)

 

Omit the section, substitute:

15.6.28   Approval only in special cases if parent lives with child in Australia

 

This section applies if a parent continues to live with the child in Australia after the period of assistance begins. The member is not eligible for education assistance under this Division.

 

Exception: The CDF may approve education assistance if the CDF is satisfied that it is impracticable for the child to continue to attend the school that the child attended immediately before the period of assistance began.

10
Section 15.6.29 (Child taken to live at home in Australia)

 

Omit the section.

 

 


Schedule 3Overseas education assistance and reunion travel amendments

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service

1
Subsection 15.3.10.2 (Purpose)

 

After the subsection, insert:

3.

Reunion travel, or escort travel where applicable, must be taken by the most economical means and direct route.

2
Subsection 15.3.12.1 (Number of reunion visits to overseas posting location)

 

After the subsection, insert:

1A.

The CDF may authorise additional reunion visits for a member posted to Cherbourg, France, who has a child who is a dependant enrolled in boarding school at St John's College, Southsea, England.

3
Subsection 15.3.15B.6 (Costs for escort for child – Cherbourg)

 

Omit the subsection, insert:

6.

Return travel between France and England must be by ferry between the ports of Cherbourg and Portsmouth.

7.

If the ferry service between the ports of Cherbourg and Portsmouth is unavailable, a member must use an alternative form of travel by the most economical means.

 

Example: The ferry service between the ports of Cherbourg and Portsmouth is cancelled due to extreme weather. An alternative form of travel may be by car or train.

8.

If continuation of travel is not practicable under subsections 6 and 7, overnight accommodation may be permitted for those travelling.

 

Example: A member has a child boarding at St John's College. The member travels to the college to collect their child. Due to extreme weather conditions it is not practicable for the member to continue their journey. The member books one night's accommodation at a hotel. The weather improves and the next day the member is able to continue their journey and return with their child to Cherbourg.

 

Note: Meals and incidental costs will not be paid under this section.

4
Subsection 15.6.22A.2 (Education assistance – Cherbourg)

 

Omit " or 12 at the school", substitute ", 12 or 13 at the college".

5
Subsection 15.6.22A.2 (Education assistance – Cherbourg), example

 

Omit the example, insert:

 

Example: The child is falling behind in learning because they are struggling to adjust to the school life in Cherbourg due to language differences.

6
Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark Schools)

 

Omit table Item 8, insert:

 

8.

France

 

 

 

– Paris

International School, Paris

International School, Paris

International School, Paris

– Cherbourg

_

L'ècole Gibert Zola

Le Collège Bucaille – Charcot

Le lycée Victor Grignard

– Other

EPIM School, Aix-en-Provence

EPIM School, Aix-en-Provence

EPIM School, Aix-en-Provence