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Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service

made under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903

Compilation No. 119

Compilation date:  1 February 2024

Includes amendments: Defence Determination 2024/1

 

This compilation is in 4 volumes

Volume 1  Chapter 1 – Chapter 5

Volume 2  Chapter 6 – Chapter 11

Volume 3  Chapter 12 – Chapter 17

Volume 4  Endnotes

Each volume has its own contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1/2/2024 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the Register for the compiled law.

Selfrepealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

 

Contents

Chapter 12: Overseas conditions of service – overview

Part 1: General information on Chapters 12 to 16

12.1.1    Member Chapters 12 to 16 apply to

12.1.2    Member Chapters 12 to 16 do not apply to

Part 3: Definitions for Chapters 12 to 17

12.3.1    Definitions

12.3.2    Accompanied member

12.3.3    Allowable travel cost

12.3.5    Dependant

12.3.9    Long-term posting overseas

12.3.14A    Post index

12.3.16    Posting period overseas

12.3.18    Short-term duty overseas

12.3.19    Time zone hour

Annex 12.3.B: Post index locations

Part 4: Service with the United Nations

12.4.1    Purpose

12.4.2    Period of service with the United Nations counts as service

Division 1: Member remunerated by the UN

12.4.4    Purpose

12.4.5    Member this Division applies to

12.4.6    Allowances and benefits not payable

Division 2: Member remunerated by the ADF

12.4.7    Purpose

12.4.8    Member this Division applies to

12.4.9    Allowances and benefits payable

12.4.10    Leave arrangements during the period of service with the United Nations

Part 5: International travel and isolation periods

12.5.1    Purpose

12.5.2    Persons this Part applies to

12.5.3    Cost of isolation accommodation

12.5.4    Alternative accommodation

12.5.4A    Accommodation at end of duty overseas – quarantine residence

12.5.5    Meal supplement allowance – outside of Australia

12.5.6    Incidentals – outside of Australia

12.5.7    Meal supplement allowance – in Australia

Part 6: Imprisonment, detention and custody overseas

12.6.1    Purpose

12.6.2    Member this Part applies to

12.6.3    Member this Part does not apply to

12.6.4    Dependants remaining in overseas location

12.6.5    Return travel to Australia before duty period has ended

12.6.6    Return travel to Australia after duty period has ended

12.6.7    Member deported from country

12.6.8    Travel for a member’s dependants

12.6.9    Additional recreation leave and assisted leave travel

12.6.10    Leave on release

12.6.11    Storage

12.6.12    Funeral expenses

Part 7: Death of member or dependant overseas

12.7.1    Purpose

12.7.2    Definitions

12.7.3    Person this Part applies to

12.7.4    Assistance if member dies

12.7.5    Assistance if dependant dies

12.7.6    Continuing benefits for dependants

12.7.7    Reimbursement for loss on sale of vehicle if member dies

Chapter 13: Short-term duty and peacetime deployment overseas

Part 1: General provisions

13.1.1    Purpose

13.1.2    Member this Chapter applies to

13.1.3    Member this Chapter does not apply to

13.1.4    Member on short term duty ill or injured

Part 2: Overseas travel benefits

Division 1: Class of air travel

13.2.4    Member this Division does not apply to

13.2.5    Class of air travel for member travelling when pregnant

13.2.5A    Class of air travel for members travelling in groups

13.2.5B    Class of air travel for members travelling on a peacetime deployment, exercise or activity

13.2.6    Class of air travel for short-term duty

13.2.7    Downgrading the class of air travel

13.2.8    CDF discretion for first class air travel

Division 2: Rest periods

13.2.9    Purpose

13.2.10    Member this Division does not apply to

13.2.11    Rest period benefits

13.2.12    Recreation leave with rest periods

Division 3: Accompanied travel

13.2.12A    Member this Division does not apply to

13.2.13    Partner accompanying member on short-term duty overseas

Division 4: Miscellaneous costs of short-term duty overseas

13.2.14    Insuring personal effects

Part 3: Travel costs for short-term duty overseas

13.3.1    Purpose

13.3.2    Basis

13.3.4    Member eligible to use the travel card

13.3.5    Member not eligible to use the travel card

Division 1: Rates, limitations and specific situations

13.3.6    Travel costs while living out

13.3.7    Allowance to pay for travel costs

13.3.8    Limits on benefits

13.3.9    Reduced rates for meals on day of arrival or departure

13.3.10    Reduced eligibility for incidentals

13.3.11    Additional travel costs

13.3.12    Top-up of costs paid by another organisation

13.3.13    Travel costs when in hospital

13.3.15    Part-day travel

13.3.16    Travelling allowance while living in

Division 2: Equipment costs

13.3.17    Purpose

13.3.17A    Member this Division does not apply to

13.3.18    Benefit

13.3.19    Additional equipment costs

Annex 13.3.A: Travel costs

Part 1: Brigadier or higher

Part 2: Colonel or lower

Part 4: Special conditions and allowances

Division 1: Member on Defence co-operation program or project

13.4.3    Member this Division applies to

13.4.4    Member this Division does not apply to

13.4.5    Allowance if meals not provided

13.4.6    Allowance for supplementary dietary needs

Division 2: Officially approved activities

13.4.7    Member this Division applies to

13.4.7A    Member this Division does not apply to

13.4.8    Help with travel costs

Chapter 14: Relocating to or from a long-term posting overseas

Part 1: General provisions

14.1.1    Member this Chapter does not apply to

14.1.2    Definitions

Part 2: Before leaving Australia

Division 1: Pre-departure certificate of fitness

14.2.3    Person this Division applies to

14.2.4    Pre-departure certificate of fitness

Division 2: Financial advances and advice

14.2.5    Member this Division applies to

14.2.6    Outlay advance — purpose

14.2.7    Outlay advance — payment

14.2.8    Outlay advance — statement

Division 3: Expenses if overseas posting is cancelled

14.2.11    Reimbursement of costs if long-term posting cancelled

Division 4: Delay in departure accommodation

14.2.12    Definitions

14.2.13    People this Division applies

14.2.14    Eligibility for temporary accommodation

14.2.15    Duration of eligibility

Part 3: Removals

14.3.1    Overview

14.3.2    Member this Part applies to

14.3.3    Dual entitlements

Division 1: Removal, storage or sale of items

14.3.5    Removal at beginning of posting

14.3.6    Pet relocation

14.3.7    Storage of items not removed

14.3.7A    Items placed into temporary storage

14.3.8    Loss on sale or disposal of items

14.3.9    Storage of excess items

14.3.11    Removal at end of posting

14.3.12    Unacceptable items for removal

14.3.13    Benefits if enlisted overseas

Division 2: Storage and removal of private vehicles

14.3.15    Storage of vehicle

14.3.16    Removal of vehicle on return to Australia

Division 3: Transfer allowance

14.3.17    Purpose

14.3.18    Benefit

Division 4: Loss or damage

14.3.19    Insurance for removal

Division 5: Dependant removals in special cases

14.3.20    Purpose

14.3.21    Separate removal of member and dependant

14.3.22    Moving dependants within Australia

Division 6: Removals if dependant status changes

14.3.23    Purpose

14.3.24    Member marries or has partnership recognised at posting location

14.3.25    Member marries or has partnership recognised away from posting location

14.3.26    Removal on next posting

14.3.27    Ceasing to be a member with dependants overseas

Part 4: Travel to and from the posting location

14.4.1    Overview

14.4.2    Member this Part applies to

Division 1: Travel benefits

14.4.4    International best fare

14.4.5    Travel benefit

14.4.6    Travel costs

14.4.7    Class of air travel for long-term posting

14.4.8    Alternative travel modes and routes

14.4.9    Travel by private vehicle

Division 2: Baggage benefits

14.4.10    Baggage benefits

14.4.11    Excess baggage

14.4.12    Unaccompanied baggage or air freight

Division 3: Rest periods

14.4.13    Purpose

14.4.15    Rest period benefits

Division 4: Dependants not travelling with the member

14.4.17    Dependants not travelling with member

14.4.18    Baggage charges

Part 5: Settling in and out

14.5.1    Purpose

14.5.2    Member this Part applies to

14.5.3    Settling in at the posting location

14.5.4    Settling out of posting location

14.5.5    Settling in/settling out allowance

Part 6: Evacuations and withdrawals from posting

Division 1: Evacuations

14.6.4    Member this Division applies to

14.6.4A    Member this Division does not apply to

14.6.5    Period of evacuation

14.6.6    Transport for evacuation

14.6.7    Accommodation and meals during evacuation

14.6.8    Conditions of service during evacuation

14.6.9    Overseas living allowances

14.6.10    Purchase of clothes during evacuation

14.6.11    Storage during evacuation

14.6.12    Health assistance

14.6.13    Education assistance during evacuation

14.6.14    Reunion visits during evacuation

Division 2: Withdrawal from posting

14.6.17    Losses if Commonwealth withdraws from posting

Division 3: Loss or damage to possessions overseas

14.6.18    Purpose

14.6.19    Member this Division applies to

14.6.20    Definition – possessions

14.6.21    General conditions

14.6.22    Loss or damage – private vehicles

14.6.23    CDF decision on loss

Chapter 14A: COVID-19 response

Part 1: COVID 19 evacuations

14A.1.1    Purpose

14A.1.2    Definitions

Division 1: Evacuation flights

14A.1.3    Person this Division applies to

14A.1.4    Evacuation flights

14A.1.5    End of evacuation flights

14A.1.6    Excess baggage

14A.1.6A    Transit accommodation and meals

Division 2: Accommodation and meals

14A.1.7    Accommodation on return to Australia

Division 3: Additional ongoing benefits

14A.1.9    Person this Division applies to

14A.1.10    Ongoing accommodation in Australia

14A.1.11    Accommodation limits and contributions

14A.1.11A    Furniture and household items

14A.1.12    Larder establishment payment

14A.1.14    Storage in the overseas location

14A.1.15    Pets remaining in an overseas location

14A.1.16    Overseas living allowances – member in Australia

14A.1.17    Location allowance – member in Australia

14A.1.17A    Additional recreation leave for hardship locations – member in Australia

14A.1.18    Education assistance

14A.1.19    Additional benefits

14A.1.19A    Temporary duty in Australia

Division 5: Member and dependants remaining overseas

14A.1.20    Purpose

14A.1.21    Education assistance

14A.1.22    Reduction in overseas allowances

14A.1.23    Reunion travel

Part 2: Absence from place of duty

14A.2.1    Purpose

14A.2.2    Definitions

14A.2.3    Person this Part applies to

14A.2.4    Isolation benefits – long-term posting overseas

14A.2.5    Isolation benefits – short-term duty overseas

14A.2.6    Meal supplement allowance

Chapter 15: Living and working on long-term posting overseas

Part 1: General provisions

Division 1: Purpose, application and definitions

15.1.1    Purpose

15.1.2    Member this Chapter does not apply to

15.1.3    Definitions

15.1.3A    Benchmark school

15.1.4    Close relative

15.1.5    Compulsory tuition fees

15.1.6    Official vehicle

15.1.7    Posting location

15.1.8    Utilities

Division 2: Public holidays and Christmas stand-down

15.1.10    Public holidays overseas

15.1.11    Christmas stand-down

Part 2A: Overseas living allowances

Division 1: Purpose, application and key concepts

15.2A.3    Purpose

15.2A.6    Changes in overseas living allowances

15.2A.8    Effect of non-Commonwealth allowances on the overseas living allowances

15.2A.9    The dual Commonwealth benefit rule

Division 2: Cost of living adjustment

15.2A.10    Purpose

15.2A.11    Eligibility for cost of living adjustment

15.2A.12    How the cost of living adjustment is worked out and applied

Division 3: Cost of posting allowance

15.2A.13    Purpose

15.2A.14    Period of eligibility

15.2A.15    Rate of allowance

15.2A.16    Supplementary cost of posting allowance for Manhattan, New York, USA

Division 4: Child supplement allowance

15.2A.17    Purpose

15.2A.18    Member this Division applies to

15.2A.19    Period of eligibility

15.2A.20    Amount of allowance

Division 5: Other matters affecting the overseas living allowances

15.2A.21    Purpose

15.2A.22    Member this Division applies to

15.2A.23    Temporary absence from the posting location – accompanied member

15.2A.24    Temporary absence from the posting location – unaccompanied member

15.2A.25    Member permanently leaves posting location before their dependants

Division 6: Meal and clothing allowances

15.2A.26    Purpose

15.2A.27    Meal allowance – additional duty

15.2A.28    Meal costs in temporary accommodation

15.2A.29    Special garment allowance

Part 3: Travel during a long-term posting

15.3.1    Purpose

15.3.2    Member this Part applies to

Division 1: Travel for short-term duty while on long-term posting

15.3.4    Travel for short-term duty while on long-term posting

15.3.4A    Member this Division does not apply to

15.3.4B    Benefits while on short-term duty

15.3.5    Travel by private vehicle

Division 2: Excess commuting costs

15.3.6    Purpose

15.3.7    Public Transport

15.3.8    Private vehicle

15.3.9    Public transport and private vehicle combined

Division 3: Overseas reunion travel

15.3.10    Purpose

15.3.11    Member this Division applies to

15.3.12    Number of reunion visits to overseas posting location

15.3.13    Time periods for reunions

15.3.14    Amount of reimbursements – travel

15.3.14A    Amount of reimbursements – unavoidable stopover

15.3.15    Cost of escort for child – USA or Canada

15.3.15A    Costs for escort for child – Marshall Islands

15.3.16    Member or partner visits dependant ('reverse overseas reunion')

15.3.17    Reverse dependant overseas reunion travel to a non-dependant

15.3.17A    Reunion visits with guardians in Australia

Division 4: Vehicle allowances

15.3.18    Purpose

15.3.19    Member this Division applies to

15.3.20    Member this Division does not apply to

15.3.21    Vehicle allowance

15.3.22    Personal property tax on vehicle – USA

Division 5: Vehicle contribution

15.3.23    Purpose

15.3.25    Hire of official vehicle for casual short-term private use

15.3.26    Continuous full-time private use of official vehicle

15.3.27    Miscellaneous vehicle costs

15.3.28    Defence Executive Vehicle Scheme

15.3.29    Waiver of contribution

Division 6: Travel for compassionate reasons

15.3.30    Purpose

15.3.32    Payment of benefits under this Division

15.3.33    Close relative to visit a person overseas with a serious or very serious illness

15.3.34    Close relative travel for matters following a death overseas

15.3.35    Member or partner to visit a close relative

15.3.36    Fares for children

Division 7: Travel on extension of posting or second overseas posting

15.3.37    Purpose

15.3.38    Additional travel when posting extended

15.3.39    Additional travel on back-to-back long-term posting overseas

15.3.39A    Additional travel – additional benefits

15.3.40    Dependants' travel costs to join the member on posting extension or posting to a second long-term posting overseas

Part 4: Housing

15.4.1    Purpose

15.4.2    Member this Part applies to

15.4.3    Member this Part does not apply to

Division 1: Housing

15.4.5    Purpose

15.4.6    Housing benefits

15.4.7    Rental bond advance – USA, Canada and UK

15.4.8    Costs incurred under terms of occupancy

15.4.9    Dispute about damage to property

15.4.10   Changing housing during posting

15.4.11    Housing becomes unavailable or unfit

Division 2: Utilities

15.4.12    Purpose

15.4.13    Member this Division does not apply to

15.4.15    Benefit

Division 4: Rent and utilities contribution

15.4.17    Purpose

15.4.18    Rent contribution

15.4.18A    Utilities contribution

15.4.19    Dual liability

15.4.20    Rent and utilities contribution – member living in overseas

15.4.21    Exemptions from rent and utilities contribution

Division 5: Reductions to rent and utilities contributions

15.4.22    Purpose

15.4.22A    Posting to hardship locations

15.4.23    Maintaining a household in Australia

15.4.24    Substandard housing

15.4.25    Reductions of rent and utilities contribution during short-term hardship

Division 6: Household help and support

15.4.26    Purpose

15.4.27    Payment of benefits

15.4.28    Benefits not payable

15.4.30    Snow clearing

15.4.31    Household support for member safety

Annex 15.4.A: Rent group overseas

Annex 15.4.B: Rent and utilities contribution

Part 5: Excess health costs

Division 1: Eligible persons

15.5.4    Eligible person

15.5.5    Period of eligibility

Division 2: Benefits

15.5.6    Purpose

15.5.7    Medical costs

15.5.7A    Minimum Thresholds

15.5.8    Hospital costs

15.5.9    Pharmaceutical costs

15.5.10    Pharmaceutical costs – health care card

15.5.11    Ancillary services

15.5.12    Dental costs for young children

15.5.13    Ambulance costs

15.5.14    Routine medical checks

Division 3: Special benefits for health-related travel

15.5.15    Purpose

15.5.16    Travel to another location for health care

15.5.17    Escort to accompany eligible person

15.5.18    Child to accompany eligible person

15.5.19    Commercial air travel for health care

15.5.19A    Private vehicle use for health care

15.5.20    Living costs at another location during treatment

Division 4: Claiming health costs

15.5.21    Purpose

15.5.23    Assignment of rights to recover costs

15.5.24    Payment for health service instead of reimbursement

Part 6: Education assistance for children

Division 1: General provisions

15.6.1    Purpose

15.6.2    Member this Part applies to

15.6.3    Dual benefit exclusion

15.6.5    How benefits are paid

15.6.6    Amount repayable if member receives refund

Division 2: Education assistance for children at the posting location

15.6.7    Member this Division applies to

15.6.8    Initial enrolment fees

15.6.9    Compulsory examination fees

15.6.10    Compulsory tuition fees

15.6.11    Member contribution

15.6.12    Excess school transport costs

15.6.13    Language and communication tuition

15.6.14    Remedial tuition

15.6.15    Summer school costs

15.6.16    Summer camps – Manhattan Island

15.6.17    Child leaves Australia to attend school at posting location overseas

15.6.17A    Mandatory COVID-19 testing

Division 3: Education assistance for children overseas – special circumstances

15.6.18    Education assistance – inadequate education facilities

15.6.19    Travel benefit for child leaving posting location overseas

15.6.20    Accompanying a child to begin boarding school

Division 4: Education assistance for children in Australia

15.6.23    Member this Division applies to

15.6.24    Member this Division does not apply to

15.6.25    Initial enrolment fees

15.6.26    Compulsory tuition fees

15.6.27    Accommodation costs

15.6.28    Remedial tuition

15.6.29    Child leaves the posting location overseas to attend school in Australia

15.6.30    End of education assistance

Annex 15.6.A: Benchmark schools

Annex 15.6.B: Approved summer schools

Part 7: Foreign language training for partner

15.7.1    Purpose

15.7.1A    Person this Part applies to

15.7.2    Foreign language training

Part 8: Club membership

15.8.1    Purpose

15.8.2    Member’s location and approved club

15.8.3    Member this Part applies to

15.8.4    Benefits in the member’s location

15.8.5    Additional club membership costs

15.8.6    Payment of benefit

Chapter 16: Overseas hardship locations

Part 1: General conditions and definitions

16.1.1    Purpose

16.1.2    Definitions

16.1.3    Provisional hardship location

16.1.4    Qualifying period

16.1.5    Member this Chapter applies to

16.1.6    Member this Chapter does not apply to

Part 2A: Location allowance

16.2A.1    Purpose

16.2A.2    Member this Part applies to

16.2A.3    Member this Part does not apply to

16.2A.3A    Dual Commonwealth benefit rule

16.2A.3B    Eligibility for location allowance

16.2A.4    Payment of location allowance

16.2A.5    Rate of allowance

16.2A.6    Location allowance eligibility ends

16.2A.7    Duty in another hardship location

Part 3A: Additional recreation leave

16.3A.1    Purpose

16.3A.2    Member this Part applies to

16.3A.3    Additional recreation leave

Part 4: Assisted leave travel

Division 1: Assisted leave travel benefit

16.4.1    Purpose

16.4.2    Definitions

16.4.3    Eligibility for assisted leave travel

16.4.4    Using assisted leave travel

16.4.5    Assisted leave travel benefit

16.4.6    Travel by private vehicle

16.4.7    Excess baggage

16.4.8    Substituted leave centre

Division 2: Calculating number of trips

16.4.9    Posting for the ordinary posting period

16.4.10    Posting longer than ordinary posting period

16.4.11    Posting shorter than ordinary posting period

Division 3: Offsetting assisted leave travel

16.4.12    Offsetting assisted leave travel

16.4.13    Reimbursement

Division 4: When travel costs must be repaid

16.4.15    Recovery of travel costs

16.4.16    Proof of travel

Part 5: Accommodation on unavoidable stopovers

16.5.1    Purpose

16.5.3    Member this Part applies to

16.5.4    Member this Part does not apply to

16.5.5    Accommodation

16.5.6    Accommodation – conditions for payment of costs

16.5.7    Accommodation – Papua New Guinea stopover in Port Moresby

Part 7: Extraordinary costs

16.7.1    Purpose

16.7.2    Member this Part applies to

16.7.3    Extraordinary costs incurred at posting location

Part 8: Special location allowances

16.8.1    Purpose

16.8.2    Member this Part applies to

16.8.3    Allowances for selected Defence Attachés

16.8.5    Attraction allowance for Papua New Guinea

Annex 16.B: Hardship location conditions of service

Chapter 17: Warlike and non-warlike deployments

Part 1: General provisions

17.1.1    Purpose

17.1.2    Definitions

17.1.3    Member this Chapter applies to

17.1.4    Member this Chapter does not apply to

Part 2: Eligibility to receive conditions of service

17.2.1    Purpose

17.2.1A    Period of eligibility

Part 3: Conditions of service – overview

17.3.1    Introduction

17.3.2    Class of air travel – warlike and non-warlike deployments

Part 4: Australians dangerously ill scheme – overseas

17.4.2    Purpose

17.4.4    Member this Part applies to

17.4.5    Persons who this Part does not apply to

17.4.6    People who may be an approved visitor

17.4.7    Approved period for visit

17.4.8    Long term illness

17.4.10    Travel insurance, documentation and vaccinations

17.4.11    Assistance with overseas travel

17.4.12    Assistance with accommodation

17.4.13    Assistance with meals

17.4.14    When the member's condition changes

Part 7: Allowances and leave

Division 1: Deployment allowance

17.7.3    Purpose

17.7.5    Member this Division applies to

17.7.6    Rate of allowance

17.7.7    Payment of allowance

17.7.8    Breaks in service

17.7.9    Eligibility for multiple rates

17.7.10    Member on transit through a specified area

17.7.11    Review of rates

17.7.12    Allowances that may be payable

Division 2: Civil practice support allowance

17.7.13    Purpose

17.7.14    Member this Division applies to

17.7.15    Rate of allowance

17.7.16    Period of service

Division 3: Non-warlike deployments – additional recreation leave

17.7.17    Purpose

17.7.18    Member this Division applies to

17.7.19    Rate of accrual

Division 4: Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance

17.7.21    Purpose

17.7.22    Destination

17.7.23    Conditions

17.7.24    Offsetting fare assistance

 

Chapters 12 to 16 apply to a member, including a member of the Reserves, performing duty overseas and includes the following periods.

 

a.

For the purpose of commencing duty overseas, the period immediately before commencing duty overseas for the following purposes.

 

 

i.

To allow the member and dependant to complete all things necessary to travel to the overseas location.

 

 

ii.

To allow the member and dependants to complete an isolation period required by a law of a foreign government.

 

b.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the later of the following periods.

 

 

i.

The period ending when the member returns to their posting location in Australia.

 

 

ii.

If the member returns to their posting location and is required to isolate — the end of their isolation period.

 

Chapters 12 to 16 do not apply to these members.

 

a.

The CDF.

 

b.

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

 

c.

Service Chiefs.


 

In Chapters 12 to 17 the following definitions apply.

 

Accompanied member has the same meaning given by section 12.3.2.

 

Allowable travel cost has the same meaning given by section 12.3.3.

 

COVID-19 control measure means a measure, however described, taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 issued by a government, or government authority.

 

Data service provider means a company contracted by the Department of Defence to provide data about living costs and conditions at overseas posting locations.

 

Dependant has the same meaning given by section 12.3.5.

 

Hardship location means one of the following.

 

a.

A location listed in Annex 16.B column A.

 

b.

A provisional hardship location.

 

Hardship location grade means the grade provided annually to Defence by the data service provider for a hardship location listed in Annex 16.B column A.

 

Long term posting overseas has the same meaning given by section 12.3.9.

 

Most economic means is the most efficient, practical and appropriate means of travel having regard to, but not limited to, the following.

 

a.

The cost of the travel.

 

b.

The availability of the travel.

 

c.

The total travel time.

 

Overseas post means an overseas establishment of the Commonwealth where a member is required to serve.

 

Parent, in relation to a child, means a person who is responsible for the day-to-day care of the child.

 

Post index has the same meaning given by section 12.3.14A.

 

Posting location, in relation to a long-term posting overseas, means one of the following.

 

a.

The location to which the member is posted.

 

b.

If the member is posted to a position on Manhattan Island — New York State, excluding Manhattan.

 

c.

If the member is posted to a position on Manhattan Island and is directed to live on Manhattan Island — Manhattan.

 

Posting period overseas has the same meaning given by section 12.3.16.

 

Short-term duty overseas has the same meaning given by section 12.3.18.

 

Specified area means the area where the nature of service applies as declared by the Minister for Defence under section 5C of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

 

Time zone hour has the same meaning given by section 12.3.19.

 

Travel time means the period that meets all of the following.

 

a.

It begins on the latest allowed check-in time for the scheduled departure.

 

b.

It ends on the arrival time at the destination airport.

 

c.

It does not include any of the following.

 

 

i.

Rest periods.

 

 

ii.

Leave.

 

 

iii.

A stopover where the member is not on duty.

 

Unaccompanied member means a member who is not an accompanied member.

1.

An accompanied member means a member who has a partner who meets all the following conditions.

 

a.

The partner meets the requirements under subsection 12.3.5.3 to be paid benefits under Chapters 12, 14, 15 and 16.

 

b.

The partner lives with the member at the posting location.

 

c.

They are not away from the member’s posting location for a continuous period of more than 4 weeks, other than to accompany the member on recreation leave that the member accrued at the posting location.

2.

A partner may accompany a member at private expense. In these cases, the member is regarded as unaccompanied.

1.

Subject to subsection 2, allowable travel cost means the following.

 

a.

The minimum cost of air travel between 2 locations.

 

b.

Compulsory insurance costs the member paid to secure a discounted fare.

 

c.

Rebooking or cancellation fees, because travel was not possible on the scheduled date, for Service reasons.

2.

The following limitations apply to travel under paragraph 1.a.

 

a.

The travel must be by an airline with seats available.

 

b.

The airline must offer a standard of safety and security comparable to air travel within Australia.

 

c.

Stopovers are avoided if possible.

 

d.

Concessions and discounts are used if possible, including discounts for advance purchase.

3.

Despite paragraph 1.a, allowable travel costs may exceed the minimum cost if the CDF is satisfied it is reasonable in the circumstances after considering all of the following.

 

a.

The standards of safety, security, amenity and hygiene at both ground facilities and on board the aircraft.

 

b.

The time of year when the travel is undertaken.

 

c.

The duration of the travel.

 

d.

The extent to which the person may, in the course of travel, be subjected to discrimination within the meaning of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986.

 

e.

Any other factor relevant to the person's travel.

1.

For overseas conditions of service, a dependant means any of these persons.

 

a.

A partner who normally lives with the member.

 

b.

A child of the member, or of the member’s partner, who meets all of the following.

 

i.

They are under the age of 18.

 

ii.

They are dependent on the member.

 

iii.

They normally live with the member.

 

c.

A person who has a recognised special need under section 1.3.6 regardless of their age.

2.

The CDF may approve another person as a member's dependant. The following conditions apply.

 

a.

The person must be a relative of the member or of the member's partner.

 

b.

The CDF must specify the period the person is the dependant of the member and for what conditions of service benefits.

 

c.

The CDF must consider all of the following criteria before giving approval.

 

i.

The extent of the person’s dependency on the member.

 

ii.

Whether the person’s normal place of residence is the member’s normal place of residence.

 

iii.

The length and timing of the member’s posting period.

 

iv.

The period during which the person intends to live with the member at the posting location.

 

v.

If the person intends to leave the posting location, their reason for that.

 

vi.

The expected effect on the person, if the member could make alternative arrangements for the person’s care and maintenance.

 

vii.

Any other special circumstance bearing on the member’s relationship to the person.

3.

Benefits under Chapters 12, 14, 15 and 16 are provided for dependants. These conditions apply.

 

a.

The member must be on a long-term posting.

 

b.

The dependant must meet one of these conditions.

 

i.

The dependant lives, or intends to live, with the member at the posting location for at least 12 months.

 

ii.

The dependant is eligible for education assistance under Chapter 15 Part 6.

4.

For subparagraph 3.b.i, the CDF may approve a period of longer than 6 months but less than 12 months. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The nature of the posting.

 

b.

The length of the posting period.

 

c.

The likely cost and benefit to the Commonwealth of providing benefits for the dependant.

 

d.

The family circumstances of the member.

 

e.

Any other factor relevant to the posting.

1.

A long-term posting overseas is one of these periods.

 

a.

A continuous period of duty in an overseas country for longer than 6 months other than a period of short-term duty overseas that has been extended under subsection 12.3.18.2.

 

b.

A continuous period of duty in a series of overseas countries, for longer than 6 months in total. The CDF may approve these periods of duty as a long-term posting. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

i.

The accommodation and living arrangements likely to be adopted by the member during the period of duty.

 

ii.

The period the member is to spend in each country.

 

iii.

Any other factor relevant to the period of duty.

 

c.

A period of short-term duty that the CDF extends beyond 6 months, other than an extension under subsection 12.3.8.2. The long-term posting starts on the date of approval of the extension.

2.

This subsection applies to a member who has spent time at a location while assigned to a deployment, and then does further duty there after the end of their deployment. The further duty is a long-term posting if the total period is longer than 6 months. The long-term posting starts on the date of approval of the further duty.

1.

Subject to subsection 2, the post index for a post index location in an item in column A of the table in Annex 12.3.B is the standard figure provided to Defence by a data service provider for a location specified in column B of the same item.

2.

If either of the following circumstances apply, the post index for the posting location is 100.

 

a.

If the figure provided by the data service provider for the post index location is less than 100.

 

b.

The post index location is not listed in Annex 12.3.B column A.

3.

The post index location listed in Annex 12.3.B column A for a member's posting location is determined according to the following.

 

a.

If the posting location is Manhattan — the post index location is Manhattan.

 

b.

If the posting location is a city listed in Annex 12.3.B column A — the post index location is the city.

 

c.

If the posting location is a city that is not listed in Annex 12.3.B column A or an establishment and the state where the city or establishment is located is listed — the post index location is the state.

 

d.

If the posting location is a city or establishment and the state where the city or establishment is located is not listed in Annex 12.3.B column A — the post index location is the country where it is located.

 

e.

If paragraphs a, b, c or d do not apply, the post index is determined by subsection 12.3.14A.2.

4.

For the purpose of subsection 3 the following apply.

 

City means the city and any part of the city (unless otherwise specified).

 

State means a state, county, region, province or territory.

1.

A posting period overseas means the period between the following days.

 

a.

The day the member starts duty at the posting location after any rest period.

 

b.

The day the member leaves their settling-out accommodation at the posting location.

2.

Despite subsection 1, if the member arrives or departs on a day observed locally as a weekend or public holiday, the following applies.

 

a.

If the member arrives at the posting location on a day observed locally as a weekend or public holiday and starts duty on the next working day — the posting period begins the day the member arrives at the posting location.

 

b.

If the member departs the posting location on a day observed locally as a weekend or public holiday and finishes duty on the preceding working day — the posting period ends on the day the member departs from the posting location.

1.

Short-term duty overseas means a period of duty a member undertakes at an overseas location that is away from their normal place of duty for a period of 6 months or less.

2.

The duration of the short-term may be extended if the CDF is satisfied that the extension is necessary.

3.

The CDF must not give an extension under paragraph 2 that will cause the duration of short-term duty overseas to exceed 7 months.

 

A time zone hour is a change of one time zone during air travel. It is measured using Coordinated Universal Time (old Greenwich Mean Time). Summer time and daylight saving time are disregarded for the purposes of this definition.

 

Item

Column A

Post index location

Column B

Data service provider location

1A.

BANGLADESH

Dhaka

1.

BELGIUM

Brussels

2.

BRUNEI

Bandar Seri Begawan

3.

CAMBODIA

Phnom Penh

4.

CANADA

Canada

5.

- British Columbia

Vancouver

6.

- Ontario

Toronto

7.

- Quebec

Montreal

8.

CHINA

Beijing

9.

CYPRUS

Cyprus

9A.

ESTONIA

Tallinn

10.

ETHIOPIA

Addis Ababa

11.

FIJI

Suva

12.

FRANCE

France

13.

- Paris

Paris

14.

GERMANY

Berlin

15.

INDIA

New Delhi

16.

INDONESIA

Jakarta

17.

ISRAEL

Tel Aviv

18.

ITALY

Italy

19.

- Genoa

Genoa

20.

- Rome

Rome

21.

JAPAN

Tokyo

22.

JORDAN

Amman

23.

KIRIBATI

Tarawa

24.

KUWAIT

Kuwait City

24A.

LAOS

Vientiane

24B.

LATVIA

Riga

25.

MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur

26.

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Majuro

27.

MICRONESIA

Pohnpei

28.

MYANMAR

Yangon

29.

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam

29A.

NEW CALEDONIA

Noumea

30.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand

31.

- Auckland (Region)

Auckland

32.

- Christchurch

Christchurch

33.

- Wellington (Region)

Wellington

34.

PAKISTAN

Islamabad

35.

PALAU

Koror

36.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Port Moresby

37.

PHILIPPINES

Manila

38.

SAMOA

Apia

39.

SAUDI ARABIA

Riyadh

40.

SINGAPORE

Singapore

41.

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Honiara

41A.

SOUTH KOREA

Seoul

41B.

- Changwon

Changwon

41C.

- Seoul

Seoul

42.

SPAIN

Spain

43.

- Madrid

Madrid

45.

SRI LANKA

Colombo

45A.

SWEDEN

Stockholm

46.

THAILAND

Bangkok

47.

TIMOR-LESTE

Dili

48.

TONGA

Nukualofa

49.

TÜRKIYE

Ankara

50.

TUVALU

Funafuti Atoll

51.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi

52.

UNITED KINGDOM

United Kingdom

53.

- London

Central London

54.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

United States of America

55.

- Alaska

Anchorage

56.

- California

Los Angeles

57.

- Colorado

Denver

58.

- Connecticut/Rhode Island

Hartford

59.

- Florida

Miami

60.

- Georgia

Atlanta

61.

- Guam

Guam

62.

- Hawaii

Honolulu

63.

- Illinois

Chicago

64.

- Maryland/Virginia, including Washington DC

Washington DC

65.

- Massachusetts

Boston

66.

- Missouri

St Louis

67.

- New York State

New York (excluding Manhattan)

68.

- Manhattan

Manhattan

69.

- Texas

Dallas

70.

- Washington State

Seattle

71.

VANUATU

Port Vila

72.

VIETNAM

Hanoi

 

 

The purpose of this Part is to outline the conditions of service for members undertaking a period of service with the United Nations.

 

An approved period of service with the United Nations counts as service for the purpose of salary increments and accrual of service for long service leave.

 

The purpose of this Division is to outline the conditions of service for members who meet both of the following conditions.

 

a.

They are undertaking a period of service with the United Nations.

 

b.

They are receiving remuneration from the United Nations.

 

This Division applies to a member who meets both of the following conditions.

 

a.

They are released from duty to undertake a period of service with the United Nations.

 

b.

They are receiving remuneration from the United Nations.

1.

A member and their dependants are not eligible for benefits under Chapters 1 to 17 for the following periods.

 

a.

The period of service with the United Nations.

 

b.

Any period immediately before or after the period of service with the United Nations, in relation to the following.

 

i.

Conditions of service for long-term posting overseas that would be payable in relation to the period of service.

 

ii.

Travel costs or any other costs incurred by the member or a dependant in connection with the service with the United Nations.

2.

Despite subsection 1, the CDF may approve the following benefits, as if the member were going on, or on a long-term posting.

 

a.

Storage of the member's and dependant's possessions within Australia, while the member is on a period of service with the United Nations.

 

b.

Reimbursement for insurance of the possessions stored under paragraph a.

 

c.

Outlay advance.

 

d.

Assistance with health services provided overseas for a member and their dependants.

 

e.

Temporary accommodation allowance while in Australia.

3.

For subsection 2, the CDF must consider all the following factors.

 

a.

Whether there is a similar benefit provided by the United Nations.

 

b.

The costs incurred by the member and dependants.

 

c.

Any other factor relevant to the member's circumstances during the approved period of service with the United Nations.

 

The purpose of this Division is to outline the conditions of service for members undertaking a period of service with the United Nations and receiving remuneration from the ADF.

 

This Division applies to a member who meets both of the following conditions.

 

a.

The member is released from duty to undertake a period of service with the United Nations.

 

b.

The member is receiving remuneration from the ADF.

 

Chapters 1 to 12 and Chapters 14 to 16 apply to a member under this Division as if the member were on a long-term posting overseas.

Note: The member is subject to any eligibility conditions set out in the allowance or benefit.

 

The member must use their ADF leave credits when taking any period of leave during their service with the United Nations.

Note: This includes periods of leave that the member has been directed to take by the United Nations.

 

This Part provides benefits for members and their dependants who are required to isolate for the purpose of responding to public health and safety emergencies that is related to a member’s service overseas.

 

This Part applies to any of the following persons.

 

a.

A member on any of the following.

 

 

i.

Short-term duty overseas.

 

 

ii.

Long-term posting overseas.

 

 

iii.

Deployment.

 

b.

A member travelling, or being required to isolate, for the purpose of commencing service under paragraph a.

 

c.

A dependant who accompanies a member travelling, or being required to isolate, for the purpose of commencing short-term duty or long-term posting overseas.

1.

A person is eligible to receive the costs associated with a requirement to isolate if they satisfy all of the following.

 

a.

They are required to isolate in specified accommodation.

 

b.

They are required to pay a charge for the accommodation.

 

c.

The requirement to isolate is in connection with travel provided under Chapters 12 to 17 of this Determination.

 

Note: A benefit is not available under this section for travel undertaken for any other purpose.

2.

The member is eligible for the amount of charge for the accommodation occupied during isolation period.

Note: A person may receive this benefit more than once for a journey.

3.

This section does not apply in any of the following circumstances.

 

a.

The charge is for board or rent that the person would pay had they not been required to isolate.

 

b.

The member has received a benefit for the same accommodation under this Determination.

 

c.

The charge has been paid by another organisation.

4.

The benefit under this section may be provided as a reimbursement to the member or by direct payment to the organisation responsible for collecting the charge.

1.

This section applies to a member who meets the following.

 

a.

The member is not required to isolate.

 

b.

The member’s dependants are required to isolate.

 

c.

The member’s dependants isolate in the member’s home at the posting location overseas.

 

d.

The member occupies temporary accommodation for the dependant’s isolation period.

2.

The member is eligible for temporary accommodation for themself in their posting location for the dependant’s isolation period.

1.

A person is eligible to occupy a quarantine residence for their isolation period if any of the following apply.

 

a.

If they are a member and all of the following apply.

 

 

i.

They have returned to Australia at the end of a period of duty overseas, other than on a deployment.

 

 

ii.

They are required to isolate.

 

 

iii.

They are not required to isolate in a State or Territory operated quarantine facility.

 

 

iv.

They are not able complete their isolation period in their home.

 

 

v.

A quarantine residence is available to occupy.

 

b.

If they are a dependant of a member all of the following apply.

 

 

i.

They have returned to Australia in connection with the end of the member’s long-term posting overseas.

 

 

ii.

They are required to isolate.

 

 

iii.

They are not required to isolate in a State or Territory operated quarantine facility.

 

 

iv.

They are not able complete their isolation period in their home.

 

 

v.

A quarantine residence is available to occupy.

2.

If a member and their dependant are eligible for a benefit under this section at the same time, the member and their dependant share the same quarantine residence.

1.

This section applies to a person who is outside of Australia and is eligible for any of the following benefits.

 

a.

Cost of isolation accommodation under section 12.5.3.

 

b.

Alternative accommodation under section 12.5.4.

2.

Subject to subsection 3, a person is eligible for meal supplement allowance for each day of the isolation period.

3.

Meal supplement allowance is not payable for a day on which a person receives 3 or more meals without a fee being charged to the person.

4.

The rate of meal supplement assistance for a person required to isolate outside of Australia is one of the following.

 

a.

If the country where the person is required to isolate is listed in Annex 13.3.A Part 2, one of the following applies.

 

 

i.

If the person is 13 years old or older — the rate specified for the limit for each day: meals in the table in Annex 13.3.A Part 2 for the country.

 

 

ii.

If the person is younger than 13 years old — two-thirds of the rate specified in subparagraph i.

 

b.

If the country where the person is required to isolate is not listed in the table in Annex 13.3.A Part 2 — one of the following.

 

 

i.

If the person is 13 years old or older — AUD 42.50 per day.

 

 

ii.

If the person is younger than 13 years old — AUD 21.25 per day.

1.

This section applies to a member who meets all of the following.

 

a.

They are eligible for meals supplement allowance under section 12.5.5.

 

b.

They are on short-term duty overseas.

2.

The member is eligible for incidentals.

3.

The rate of incidentals is one of the following.

 

a.

If the country where the person is required to isolate is listed in Annex 13.3.A Part 2, the rate specified for the limit for each day: incidentals in the table in Annex 13.3.A Part 2 for the country.

 

b.

If the country where the person is required to isolate is not listed in Annex 13.3.A Part 2, the rate specified for the limit for each day: incidentals in item 92 of the table in Annex 13.3.A, Part 2.

1.

This section applies to a person who is in Australia and is eligible for isolation accommodation under section 12.5.4A.

2.

A person is eligible for meal supplement allowance for each day of their isolation period.

3.

The daily rate of meal supplement allowance is the sum of the following.

 

a.

The meals component.

 

b.

If the person is a member and not in their own residence — the incidentals component.

4.

Subject to subsection 5, the meals component of meal supplement allowance is the sum of the following.

 

a.

The sum of the costs of the meals for which the member is eligible to receive meal supplement allowance.

 

b.

The sum of the amounts for the following meals that corresponds with the location of the member in column A of the table in Annex 9.5.A Part 4 that the member is eligible to receive meal supplement allowance for.

 

 

i.

For breakfast — the amount in column B.

 

 

ii.

For lunch — the amount in column C.

 

 

iii.

For dinner — the amount in column D.

5.

All of the following apply.

 

a.

A person is not eligible for the meals component of the meal supplement allowance for a meal that has been provided to the person at no cost.

 

b.

If the person is 10 years old or less, the meal component is 50% of what the person would have otherwise been eligible for.

6.

The incidentals component of meal supplement allowance is the amount payable for the location of the member in column A of the table in Annex 9.5.A Part 4 that is specified in column E.

 

This Part sets out what happens to a member’s benefits during a period of imprisonment, detention or custody while overseas.

 

This Part applies to all members, including a member of the Reserves on Reserve service, on short-term duty or long-term posting overseas.

1.

The CDF or the Chief of Defence Intelligence may identify a member to whom this Part does not apply for a particular period or activity.

2.

When making a decision under subsection 1, the CDF or the Chief of Defence Intelligence must have regard to the nature of the member’s duty.

1.

If a member's dependants remain in the overseas location while the member is imprisoned, detained or in custody.

 

a.

The member must pay 30% of their salary which was payable immediately before their imprisonment, detainment or custody for the dependant's housing.

 

b.

The member is not eligible for a reimbursement of utilities costs under section 15.4.15.

2.

If the member is in financial hardship the CDF may reduce the amount payable under subsection 1.

 

If a member has been imprisoned, detained or held in custody, and the member is released before the end of the duty period, the member's return travel benefits to Australia apply.

1.

If a member was imprisoned or taken into custody overseas and is released after their duty period has ended, the member is eligible for return travel to Australia as soon as practicable after release.

2.

The member is eligible for travel costs under the relevant of the following from the date of their release until the member arrives in Australia.

 

a.

For a member on short-term duty — Chapter 13 Part 3 Division 1.

 

b.

For a member on long-term posting — Chapter 14 Part 4.

3.

Travel on return to Australia must be by a route that meets the conditions under subsection 14.4.5.3.

4.

The member is not eligible for a rest period during the return travel to Australia. The member may be eligible for a rest period on their return to the member’s posting location in Australia.

1.

If a member is deported from the country where the member was imprisoned or in custody, either of the following applies.

 

a.

If the member is deported to Australia — the member is not eligible for travel benefits to return to Australia.

 

b.

If the member is deported to a third country — the member is eligible for travel benefits from the third country to Australia as soon as practicable after the member's arrival in the third country to return to Australia.

2.

If the member voluntarily leaves the country before their deportation and within the specified deportation period, the member is eligible for travel benefits to return to Australia.

1.

If the member is accompanied overseas, the following apply.

 

a.

The member’s dependants are eligible for return travel to Australia under Chapter 14.

 

b.

If the dependants return to Australia while the member is still imprisoned or in custody, the dependants are not eligible for travel benefits to return to the location where the member is imprisoned.

 

c.

If the dependants remain in the overseas posting location the dependants are not eligible for assisted leave travel under Chapter 16 Part 4.

2.

If the member is unaccompanied, the member and dependants are not eligible for overseas reunion travel.

 

A member who is imprisoned, detained or taken into custody overseas is not eligible for additional recreation leave or assisted leave travel during the period of the imprisonment, detention or custody.

 

A member who has been released from imprisonment or custody is not eligible to take any form of leave until either of the following.

 

a.

The member returns to their overseas posting location.

 

b.

If the member does not have an overseas posting location, the member returns to the location that was their posting location immediately before their departure from Australia.

1.

If the member has furniture and effects stored under Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7 and the CDF decides to end the benefit under subsection 1.7.4.3, the member is liable for the costs of storage from the day on which they are imprisoned or taken into custody until their release.

2.

The member may appoint an agent to take possession of the property. Both of the following conditions apply.

 

a.

The appointment must be in writing.

 

b.

The agent must remove all of the property from storage.

3.

The Commonwealth is not liable for any loss or damage to the property while the property is not being removed or stored by a benefit provided under this Determination.

 

If a member dies while imprisoned or in custody overseas the member's dependant or their legal representative is eligible for the following.

 

a.

The reasonable cost of preparing the remains.

 

b.

The cost of returning the member’s remains to Australia, if requested by the member’s next of kin.

 

 

The purpose of this Part is to provide assistance to family members if a member or their dependant dies overseas.

 

In this Part the following apply.

 

Beneficiary means one of the following persons.

 

a.

A dependant of a member.

 

b.

The legal personal representative of a member.

 

This Part applies to the following.

 

a.

A member, including a member on Reserve service, who meets one of the following.

 

 

i.

They are on a long-term posting overseas.

 

 

ii.

They are on short-term duty overseas.

 

b.

A beneficiary of a member in paragraph a, if the member has died.

1.

If a member dies overseas, the member’s beneficiary is eligible for the following.

 

a.

The reasonable cost of preparing the remains.

 

b.

If requested by the member’s next of kin — the cost of returning the remains to Australia

 

c.

If approved by the Director General Defence Member and Family Support — financial assistance for a funeral.

 

Note: The funeral may be held in an overseas location or in Australia.

2.

The amount of financial assistance payable under paragraph 1.c. is the lesser of the following.

 

a.

The cost of the funeral.

 

b.

AUD 14,000.

3.

A beneficiary is eligible for financial assistance for a memorial service of a member if all the following apply.

 

a.

The member’s funeral occurs while COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals are in place in the location where the funeral is to be held.

 

b.

The memorial service occurs between the following days.

 

 

i.

The day the COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals end.

 

 

ii.

The day 12 months after the COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals end.

 

c.

The assistance is approved by the Director General Defence Member and Family Support.

4.

The amount of financial assistance available under subsection 3 is the greater of the following.

 

a.

The lesser of the following.

 

 

i.

The cost of the memorial service.

 

 

ii.

AUD 14,000 less the amount paid under section 11.4.9 or this section, if any.

 

b.

If there are exceptional circumstances — the amount approved by the Director General Defence Member and Family Support.

1.

This section applies to a member who meets all the following.

 

a.

A dependant of the member is living with them at the overseas posting location.

 

b.

The dependant in paragraph a. dies.

2.

Subject to subsection 5, the member is eligible for up to AUD 14,000 for all of the following.

 

a.

If the remains of the dependant are being returned to Australia, all of the following.

 

i.

The preparation of the dependant’s remains.

 

ii.

The returning of the dependant’s remains to Australia.

 

b.

A funeral in the overseas location.

 

c.

Subject to subsection 3, a memorial service.

3.

Paragraph 2.c only applies if all of the following apply.

 

a.

The funeral occurs while a COVID-19 control measure relating to funerals in the location the funeral is to be held are in place.

 

b.

The memorial service occurs after the day the COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals ends.

 

c.

The memorial service does not occur after 12 months from the day the COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals ends.

4.

Assistance available under this section is to be paid to one of the following.

 

a.

The member.

 

b.

The member’s legal personal representative.

5.

The assistance must be approved by the Director General Defence Member and Family Support.

1.

Subject to subsection 3, a dependant of a member who dies during a long-term posting overseas is eligible for benefits the member would have been eligible for under Chapters 14 or 15 until any of the following days.

 

a.

If the benefit is for the transport and removal of a dependant and their possessions — the day that is 1 year after the member dies.

 

b.

In any other case — the day 6 weeks after the member dies.

2.

The CDF can extend the period under paragraph 1.b to a day they consider reasonable in the circumstances having regard to all of the following.

 

a.

The circumstances in which the member died.

 

b.

The situation of the dependants who continue to live at the posting location after the member’s death.

 

c.

Any other factor relevant to the dependants.

3.

The following conditions apply to benefits provided under subsection 1.

 

a.

The overseas living allowances are paid at two-thirds of the rate that would have been paid if the member had not died.

 

b.

The dependant is not eligible for education assistance under Chapter 15 Part 6 from the day the member dies.

Note: Education assistance for a member at a posting location in Australia is set out under  Chapter 8 Part 4.

 

c.

If the member’s dependant chooses to travel to a location other than Australia, their benefit is limited to the cost of transport for themself and the removal of their possessions that they would have been eligible for under section 14.4.17 if they returned to Australia.

 

d.

Rent and utilities contribution is not payable.

1.

If a member dies overseas, the member’s beneficiary is eligible for a reimbursement under subsection 2 if all the following apply.

 

a.

The deceased member’s vehicle or towable item was in storage under Chapter 14 Part 3 Division 2 at the time of the deceased member’s death.

 

b.

The beneficiary sold the vehicle or towable item at a financial loss.

 

c.

The CDF is satisfied that the beneficiary made reasonable efforts to sell the vehicle or towable item without making a loss having regard to the following.

 

 

i.

When and how widely the person advertised the vehicle or towable item for sale.

 

 

ii.

How the person tried to sell the vehicle or towable item.

 

 

iii.

The nature and extent of offers made for the vehicle or towable item.

 

 

iv.

The particulars of the sale.

2.

The reimbursement under subsection 1 is the lesser of the following amounts.

 

a.

The difference between the valuation of the vehicle or towable item and the amount of the sale price after reasonable incidental costs have been deducted.

 

b.

AUD 1,400.

3.

In this section valuation means a commercial valuation by a member of a recognised motor trade organisation.


 

This Part sets out the rules for the benefits and allowances that apply to members who travel overseas on short-term duty.

 

This Chapter applies to the following.

 

a.

A member on short-term duty overseas, including the following.

 

 

i.

A member who performs short-term duty overseas while on a long-term posting.

 

 

ii.

A member on a warlike or non-warlike deployment who attends duty outside the operational area.

 

 

iii.

A member on Reserve service.

 

b.

A member on peacetime deployment.

1.

This Chapter does not apply to any of these members.

 

a.

The CDF.

 

b.

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

 

c.

Service Chiefs.

2.

Parts 1, 2 and 3 do not apply to a member officially approved activities under Part 4 Division 2.

 

A member on short-term duty overseas who is seriously or very seriously ill, may be eligible for support under the Australians dangerously ill scheme under Chapter 17 Part 4.

 

This Division does not apply to these members.

 

a.

Members who hold the rank of Colonel or lower, travelling to, on or from a warlike or non-warlike deployment.

 

b.

Members who travel in an aircraft owned or chartered by the Commonwealth. The travel arrangements are as provided on board the aircraft.

 

A member is eligible for business class travel if all of the following apply.

 

a.

A doctor has certified them as pregnant at the time of travel.

 

b.

The travel time in an aircraft is longer than 5 hours.

1.

A member is eligible for travel in economy class if they are travelling as a part of a group of members for one of the following reasons.

 

a.

To participate in an exercise.

 

b.

To undertake training.

 

c.

To perform ceremonial duties.

 

d.

To undertake an overseas study tour.

2.

Despite subsection 1, a member is eligible to travel at a higher class if one of the following applies.

 

a.

The member is on an overseas study tour and the CDF is satisfied that travel at a higher class is reasonable having regard to the following.

 

 

i.

The costs and benefits of travel at the higher class.

 

 

ii.

The member’s rank.

 

 

iii.

The nature of the study tour.

 

b.

The member holds the rank of Brigadier or higher and the CDF is satisfied that travel at a higher class is reasonable.

Note: To avoid doubt, if a member is approved travel at a higher class under paragraph 2.b the class of travel for the remaining members of the group does not change.

1.

A member is eligible for travel in economy class if the member is travelling for the purpose of a Headquarters Joint Operations Command-led overseas peacetime deployment, exercise or activity.

2.

Despite subsection 1, a member is eligible to travel at a higher class if the CDF is satisfied that it is reasonable having regard to the following.

 

a.

The reason for the travel.

 

b.

The costs and benefits of the travel at the higher class.

 

c.

The nature of the duty overseas.

1.

If a member is required to travel by air on short-term duty overseas, then they are eligible for travel in these classes.

 

a.

Business class, if available.

 

b.

First class, if business class is not available and they hold the rank of Brigadier or higher.

 

c.

Economy class, if business class is not available and they hold the rank of Colonel or lower.

 

d.

First class, if business class is not available on a USA domestic carrier for travel between Hawaii and the USA mainland.

2.

This section applies to all these kinds of travel.

 

a.

Overseas from Australia.

 

b.

Domestically within a foreign country.

 

c.

Between foreign countries.

 

d.

Within Australia on flights that are directly associated with the member's overseas travel.

 

A member must not downgrade their class of air travel or depart from their approved itinerary for personal or financial gain.

1.

The CDF may upgrade a member to first class for special reasons. This can happen if a member is not eligible for first class air travel under paragraph 13.2.6.1.b.

2.

When making this decision, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The standards of hygiene and amenities that the class of air travel would otherwise provide. This includes both at the airport in and the air.

 

b.

The member’s health.

 

c.

The time of year the travel is happening.

 

d.

The length of the journey.

 

e.

If any duties are being performed during travel.

 

f.

If part of a delegation, its size and structure, and any need to conduct business during travel.

 

g.

If the member is travelling with someone for duty, that person's status and class of air travel. This includes travel with senior government officials.

 

h.

If the member might be subjected to discrimination during travel, as defined by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986.

 

i.

Any other factor relevant to the travel.

 

Rest periods provide a chance to recover from jet lag, during or after air travel undertaken for duty.

 

This Division does not apply to a member on peacetime deployment.

1.

A rest period is between 12 and 24 hours. The member is considered on duty for conditions of service purposes.

2.

A member is eligible for 1 rest period if they travel by the direct route for at least four time zone hours, or with a travelling time of at least 12 hours.

2A.

A member is eligible for 2 rest periods if they travel by the direct route for at least six time zone hours.

3.

The same eligibility applies to the journey, whether it is by a direct or indirect route.

4.

The member may choose whether to take a rest period during the journey or at the final destination, or both.

5.

If a rest period taken at the journey’s destination falls outside normal working hours, it will not entitle the member to time off duty instead.

6.

A member may have an unavoidable stopover on the journey. If the stopover is at least 12 hours, it will be regarded as a rest period. This will satisfy the rest period benefit under this section.

7.

No journey can have more than 2 rest periods.

8.

For an overnight rest period, the member is eligible to be paid both these costs.

 

a.

Accommodation costs as if the member were on duty.

 

b.

The meal and incidental costs up to the daily limit as provided under Annex 13.3.A.

1.

This section applies to a member who has been approved to take recreation leave during or after a journey.

2.

A member may take a rest period at the same location as recreation leave. The duration of the rest period is the same as if the member was to continue the journey without taking leave.

3.

Time spent on a rest period is not to be deducted from recreation leave credits.

 

This Division does not apply to a member on peacetime deployment.

1.

A member is eligible for travel assistance for their partner to accompany them on short term-term duty overseas if all of the following applies.

 

a.

The travel is for representational purposes.

 

b.

The CDF is satisfied that it is demonstrably in the interests of the Commonwealth.

2.

If the CDF approves accompanied travel on short-term duty overseas, the member is eligible for all the following, as applicable.

 

a.

The reasonable additional cost of accommodation (including for rest periods).

 

b.

The partner's transportation cost by the same mode and class of travel as the member. This is the only transportation cost payable for the member's partner.

 

c.

Costs incurred for meals, up to the same daily limit as the member’s meal costs benefit under Annex 13.3.A for short-term duty overseas.

1.

A member is eligible for one of the following.

 

a.

Insurance against loss or damage to personal effects they carried on overseas visits.

 

b.

Reimbursement of premiums paid by the member up to the lesser of the following.

 

 

i.

The premium paid to insure personal effects.

 

 

ii.

The cost of a premium that would insure personal effects for AUD 3,000.

 

This Part sets out how a member who travels on short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas may use an official charge card (the Defence travel card) for travel costs.

 

Use of the travel card is based on the principle that a member will neither gain nor lose financially when they travel on Defence business.

 

Subject to this Part, a member on short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas is eligible to use the travel card for meals, accommodation, incidentals and equipment.

 

A member on short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas is not eligible to use the travel card while they are on either of the following types of leave.

 

a.

Recreation leave.

 

b.

Long service leave.

1.

A member holding the rank set out in column A of the following table who lives out while on short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas is eligible for the travel cost set out in column B at the rate set out in column C of the same item.

 

Item

Column A

Rank

Column B

Travel cost

Column C

Rate

1.

Brigadier or higher

Accommodation for each night in the period

The cost of accommodation of a reasonable standard for all of the following.

a. The member’s rank.

b. The nature of the duties performed by the member.

Meals for each day of the period.

The rate set out in Part 1 of Annex 13.3.A for the location.

Incidentals for each day of the period.

The rate set out in Part 1 of Annex 13.3.A for the location.

2.

Colonel or lower

Accommodation for each night in the period

The cost of accommodation of a reasonable standard for all of the following.

a. The member’s rank.

b. The nature of the duties performed by the member.

Meals for each day of the period.

The rate set out in Part 2 of Annex 13.3.A for the location.

Incidentals for each day of the period.

The rate set out in Part 2 of Annex 13.3.A for the location.

 

2.

A member who has been given an allowance for accommodation, meals or incidentals for a period and location by a non-Commonwealth organisation is not eligible for an allowance under this Part to pay costs for the same period and location.

Note:  Subsection 13.3.12 provides for the topping-up of costs if another organisation pays some but not all of the travel costs that the member would be eligible for under this Part.

4.

For this Part, a member attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK is taken to hold the rank of Brigadier.

1.

A member is eligible for an allowance to pay for their travel cost if they are on short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas.

2.

For the purpose of subsection 1, the rate of allowance for accommodation, meals and incidentals is what they would otherwise have been eligible for under this Part. 

1.

A member is not eligible for meal costs for a meal period if any of the following conditions are met.

 

a.

A meal is provided to the member at no cost.

 

b.

A meal is included in a fare paid for travel during the period of duty.

2.

A member is not eligible for accommodation costs on a night that any of the following conditions are met.

 

a.

The member's travel continues overnight without a break for accommodation.

 

b.

The member occupies accommodation provided on a non-commercial basis.

3.

A member who travels within Australia as part of their journey to an overseas location for short-term duty or peacetime deployment is not eligible travel costs under this Part to pay the domestic travel costs.

Note: Domestic travel costs are set out in Chapter 9 Part 5.

4.

The maximum meal amount for a member who meets all of the following is two-thirds the amount which they would otherwise be eligible for under section 13.3.6.

 

a.

They are living out at a location for 5 days or longer.

Note: The member’s days of arrival and departure do not count towards the 5 days.

 

b.

Their accommodation provides cooking facilities and utensils that are of a standard that would allow them to prepare their own meals.

1.

The rate for meals on the day a member arrives or departs depends on what time they arrive or depart.

2.

The rate for meals based on arrival time is worked out by multiplying the standard daily rate for meals by the appropriate percentage from this table.

 

Item

If the member arrives at the location…

then the rate they are eligible for on the day is…

1.

before 0700

100%

2.

between 0700 and 1300

75%

3.

between 1301 and 1900

50%

4.

after 1900

0%

 

3.

The rate for meals based on departure time is worked out by multiplying the standard daily rate for meals by the appropriate percentage from this table.

 

Item

If the member departs from the location...

then the rate they are eligible for on the day is…

1.

before 0700

0%

2.

between 0700 and 1300

25%

3.

between 1301 and 1900

50%

4.

after 1900

100%

1.

The rate for incidental costs on the day a member arrives or departs depends on what time they arrive or depart. They are only eligible for half the daily rate in either of these situations.

 

a.

They arrive after noon.

 

b.

They depart before noon.

2.

A member is eligible for half the normal rate for incidental costs if they meet any of these conditions.

 

a.

They stay on duty at a location after being on short-term duty or peacetime deployment there for a continuous period of 28 days. They get half the listed rate for the period beyond the 28 days.

 

b.

They are on a long-term posting overseas, and they go on short-term duty within the country of posting. The lower benefit applies to the short-term duty only.

 

c.

They are in an overseas country on leave and the CDF recalls them to undertake short-term duty in that country. They get half the listed rate for the short-term duty only.

 

d.

They are accommodated on board a seagoing ship while it is visiting an overseas port. They get half the listed rate during the visit.

3.

A break of less than 7 days from their short-term duty location may not break a member's continuity for the purposes of paragraph 2.a above. The break does not count if the member was advised that the period of absence was to be for less than 7 days.

1.

A member's maximum benefit may be less than they actually spend on accommodation, meals or incidentals on their short-term duty or peacetime deployment. In this case, the CDF may approve an additional amount.

2.

The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The length of the member’s short-term duty period.

 

b.

The nature of the duties the member undertakes.

 

c.

The nature and cost of meals, accommodation and relevant services at the location of the duty.

 

d.

Any other factor relevant to the costs.

1.

A non-Commonwealth organisation might pay some of a member's travel costs, but less than the member would be eligible for under this Part. The member may apply for additional travel costs under section 13.3.11.

See also: Subsection 13.3.6.3, Travel costs while living out

2.

This section does not apply if the member is on exchange duty overseas.

 

A member who is in hospital for a period during short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas is eligible for the following.

 

a.

Incidentals for the location at the rate that applies to a Colonel or lower in Part 1 of Annex 13.3.A.

 

b.

The costs for accommodation and other charges that the member continues to be liable for outside hospital that the member cannot avoid up to what they would have been eligible for under this Part if they were not in hospital.

1.

A member who meets all of the following conditions is eligible for part-day travelling allowance.

 

a.

The member is required to perform duty away from the location where the member normally performs duty.

 

b.

The member holds the rank of Colonel or lower.

 

c.

The member is absent from their normal duty location for more than 10 hours.

 

d.

The member is not absent from their normal duty location overnight.

2.

Part-day travelling allowance is an amount calculated at 60% of the meal amount listed for the location in Part 2 of Annex 13.3.A.

3.

A member must not use the Defence travel card to claim part-day travelling allowance.

Note: Part-day travelling allowance is paid through the pay system and is taxable. The member would still use their Defence travel card to purchase fares for their journey.

1.

A member who lives in during short-term duty or peacetime deployment overseas is eligible for travelling allowance for each day in the period of duty. This table sets out how this allowance is worked out for members of any rank.

 

Item

The member is eligible for an amount for…

up to a daily maximum of…

1.

compulsory mess charges and accommodation

the amount of the charges.

2.

meals

an amount that the CDF considers reasonable, but not more than the applicable limit in Annex 13.3.A for the location.

3.

incidentals

the applicable amount in Annex 13.3.A for the location.

 

2.

For item 2 of the table, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The location where the member is accommodated.

 

b.

The cost of meals at the location.

 

c.

The nature of the member's accommodation and living arrangements.

 

d.

Any other factor relevant to the member's meals.

 

 

The payment of basic equipment costs helps a member in two ways when they travel from Australia to short-term duty overseas.

 

a.

It helps them pay for travel equipment and other necessary items.

 

b.

It has an element to pay them for the extra wear and tear on their possessions.

 

This Division does not apply to a member on peacetime deployment.

1.

A member is eligible for the cost of equipment, up to the following limits.

 

a.

AUD 115 for travel to New Zealand.

 

b.

AUD 225 for any other travel.

2.

The limits under paragraph 1 apply in any 3year period.

3.

This section does not apply to a member purchasing equipment for use in any of the following situations.

 

a.

Participating in an approved ADF activity such as overseas adventure training, sports events or work experience.

 

b.

Serving in a seagoing ship or submarine and required to live ashore while the vessel is in an overseas port.

 

c.

Travelling on short-term duty to Australia from an overseas location where they are on a long-term posting.

 

d.

For use at a long-term posting.

4.

If a member purchases equipment using a benefit under this section and then does not go overseas, they must repay the total amount of the benefit.

5.

Despite subsection 4, a member is not required to repay the amount if the CDF is satisfied that they are unable to recover the cost of any items they bought.

1.

A member may use the travel card to buy special clothing for overseas climates that are different from the usual climate at their normal place of duty.

2.

Subject to subjection 3, a member is eligible for the cost of additional equipment if the CDF is satisfied that the maximum benefit under section 13.3.18 is not enough to meet the member’s needs.

3.

The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The climate at the member’s destination compared to the climate at their normal place of duty.

 

b.

The length of the proposed travel.

 

c.

The means of travel.

 

d.

The climate likely to be met at locations during the travel.

 

e.

The duties the member will perform during the travel.

 

f.

How much clothing the Commonwealth supplies the member for the travel.

 

g.

How much more wear and tear the member’s clothing will face due to the travel, compared to ordinary wear and tear.

 

h.

Any benefits the member was eligible for under this determination to buy clothes for previous duty travel within Australia or overseas.

4.

A member is eligible for AUD 205 to purchase additional equipment. The member may spend up to this amount once in any 3-year period for use in each of these three regions as they are identified in the CDF approval.

 

a.

A tropical region.

 

b.

A cold region.

 

c.

Another climatic region.

5.

If subsection 4 applies, a member is eligible for an additional AUD 205 for additional equipment in any 3-year period. Approval may only be given if the CDF is satisfied that they meet all these conditions.

 

a.

They are to travel on short-term duty to a location.

 

b.

They are likely to be exposed to an extremely cold winter climate at that location.

 

c.

The additional equipment they are eligible to buy under section 13.3.18 and subsection 4 above will not meet their clothing needs for travel to the location.

7.

Additional equipment allowance may be paid to members on long-term overseas postings who must travel to other overseas locations for short-term duty.

 

This Annex sets out travel costs limits for a member on short-term duty overseas.

Item

Place

Currency

Limit for each day: meals

Limit for each day: incidentals

1A.

Algeria

USD

101

20

1.

Argentina

ARS

690

197

2.

Australia

Note: Costs are provided under Chapter 9 Part 5, Payment of travel costs.

3.

Austria

EUR

144

35

4.

Bahrain

BHD

71

17

5.

Bangladesh

BDT

12099

3203

6.

Barbados

BBD

522

110

7.

Belgium

EUR

201

42

8.

Brazil

USD

261

55

9.

Brunei

BND

163

46

10.

Cambodia

USD

128

37

11.

Canada

CAD

275

58

12.

Chile

USD

156

41

13.

China – Hong Kong

HKD

2023

426

14.

China – Macau

MOP

2084

439

15.

China – elsewhere

CNY

1601

337

16.

Cook Islands

NZD

243

59

17.

Croatia

HRK

892

236

18.

Cyprus

EUR

144

35

19.

Czech Republic

CZK

3109

823

20.

Denmark

DKK

1628

315

21.

Egypt

EGP

1092

289

22.

Ethiopia

ETB

1629

514

22A.

Federated States of Micronesia

USD

89

13

23.

Fiji

FJD

242

69

24.

Finland

EUR

201

42

25.

France

EUR

201

42

26.

Germany

EUR

144

35

27.

Greece

EUR

144

35

27A.

Guam

USD

132

24

28.

Hungary

HUF

35259

9333

29.

Iceland

ISK

32333

6807

30.

India

INR

9247

2448

31.

Indonesia

IDR

1544384

408807

32.

Iran

IRR

1910607

505749

33.

Irish Republic

EUR

144

35

34.

Israel

USD

261

55

35.

Italy

EUR

201

42

36.

Japan

JPY

25913

5455

37.

Jordan

JOD

185

39

38.

Kazakhstan

USD

156

41

39.

Kenya

KES

13363

3537

42.

Kuwait

KWD

54

13

43.

Laos

USD

128

37

44.

Lebanon

USD

188

46

45.

Luxembourg

EUR

201

42

46.

Malaysia

MYR

492

130

46A.

Mali

XOF

55,110

13,103

47.

Malta

EUR

120

32

47A.

Marshall Islands

USD

92

23

48.

Mauritius

MUR

4839

1281

49.

Mexico

USD

156

41

50.

Monaco

EUR

201

42

50A.

Mongolia

USD

67

15

50B.

Morocco

MAD

943

200

51.

Myanmar

USD

156

41

52.

Nauru

AUD

95

30

53.

Nepal

NPR

12184

3481

54.

Netherlands

EUR

201

42

55.

New Caledonia

XPF

23680

4985

56.

New Zealand

NZD

243

59

57.

Nigeria

NGN

42399

8926

58.

Norway

NOK

1733

355

59.

Oman

OMR

100

21

60.

Pakistan

PKR

8652

2732

60A.

Palau

USD

120

24

61.

Papua New Guinea

PGK

588

124

62.

Philippines

PHP

6722

1779

63.

Poland

USD

156

41

64.

Portugal

EUR

120

32

65.

Qatar

USD

261

55

66.

Russia

USD

284

55

67.

Rwanda

RWF

98,419

26,052

68.

Samoa

WST

445

108

69.

Saudi Arabia

SAR

584

154

70.

Senegal

EUR

144

35

71.

Singapore

SGD

331

70

72.

Solomon Islands

SBD

1116

296

73.

South Africa

ZAR

1272

363

73AA.

South Korea

KRW

297926

62721

73AB.

South Korea – USA Bases

USD

188

46

73A.

South Sudan

USD

72

17

74.

Spain

EUR

144

35

75.

Sri Lanka

LKR

16710

4774

76.

Sudan

USD

128

37

77.

Sweden

SEK

1761

371

78.

Switzerland

CHF

268

52

79.

Syria

SYP

15598

4129

79A.

Tanzania

TZS

188947

39568

80.

Thailand

THB

4826

1278

81.

Timor-Leste

USD

128

37

82.

Tonga

TOP

284

75

83.

Türkiye

USD

188

46

83A.

Tuvalu

AUD

142

25

84.

Uganda

USD

128

37

85.

Ukraine

USD

156

41

86.

United Arab Emirates

AED

958

202

87.

United Kingdom

GBP

172

36

88.

USA

USD

188

46

89.

Vanuatu

VUV

18547

4524

90.

Venezuela

USD

261

55

91.

Vietnam

USD

128

37

92.

Other countries

AUD

95

30

Item

Place

Currency

Limit for each day: meals

Limit for each day: incidentals

1A.

Algeria

USD

79

20

1.

Argentina

ARS

542

172

2.

Australia

Note: Costs are provided under Chapter 9 Part 5, Payment of travel costs.

3.

Austria

EUR

120

32

4.

Bahrain

BHD

59

16

5.

Bangladesh

BDT

9608

2847

6.

Barbados

BBD

421

92

7.

Belgium

EUR

162

35

8.

Brazil

USD

211

46

9.

Brunei

BND

128

41

10.

Cambodia

USD

101

32

11.

Canada

CAD

222

48

12.

Chile

USD

124

37

13.

China – Hong Kong

HKD

1633

355

14.

China – Macau

MOP

1682

366

15.

China – elsewhere

CNY

1292

281

16.

Cook Islands

NZD

201

53

17.

Croatia

HRK

708

210

18.

Cyprus

EUR

120

32

19.

Czech Republic

CZK

2469

732

20.

Denmark

DKK

1418

263

21.

Egypt

EGP

867

257

22.

Ethiopia

ETB

1286

429

22A.

Federated States of Micronesia

USD

73

13

23.

Fiji

FJD

190

61

24.

Finland

EUR

162

35

25.

France

EUR

162

35

26.

Germany

EUR

120

32

27.

Greece

EUR

120

32

27A.

Guam

USD

101

24

28.

Hungary

HUF

28000

8296

29.

Iceland

ISK

26094

5673

30.

India

INR

7343

2176

31.

Indonesia

IDR

1226422

363384

32.

Iran

IRR

1517247

449555

33.

Irish Republic

EUR

120

32

34.

Israel

USD

211

46

35.

Italy

EUR

162

35

36.

Japan

JPY

20913

4546

37.

Jordan

JOD

149

32

38.

Kazakhstan

USD

124

37

39.

Kenya

KES

10612

3144

42.

Kuwait

KWD

44

12

43.

Laos

USD

101

32

44.

Lebanon

USD

156

41

45.

Luxembourg

EUR

162

35

46.

Malaysia

MYR

390

116

46A.

Mali

XOF

46,625

13,103

47.

Malta

EUR

95

28

47A.

Marshall Islands

USD

88

23

48.

Mauritius

MUR

3843

1139

49.

Mexico

USD

124

37

50.

Monaco

EUR

162

35

50A.

Mongolia

USD

56

15

50B.

Morocco

MAD

747

200

51.

Myanmar

USD

124

37

52.

Nauru

AUD

75

25

53.

Nepal

NPR

9573

3046

54.

Netherlands

EUR

162

35

55.

New Caledonia

XPF

19110

4154

56.

New Zealand

NZD

201

53

57.

Nigeria

NGN

34217

7438

58.

Norway

NOK

1509

279

59.

Oman

OMR

81

18

60.

Pakistan

PKR

6831

2277

60A.

Palau

USD

98

24

61.

Papua New Guinea

PGK

474

103

62.

Philippines

PHP

5338

1582

63.

Poland

USD

124

37

64.

Portugal

EUR

95

28

65.

Qatar

USD

211

46

66.

Russia

USD

247

46

67.

Rwanda

RWF

78,156

23,157

68.

Samoa

WST

369

98

69.

Saudi Arabia

SAR

463

137

70.

Senegal

EUR

120

32

71.

Singapore

SGD

267

58

72.

Solomon Islands

SBD

887

263

73.

South Africa

ZAR

1000

318

73AA.

South Korea

KRW

240431

52268

73AB.

South Korea – USA Bases

USD

156

41

73A.

South Sudan

USD

63

17

74.

Spain

EUR

120

32

75.

Sri Lanka

LKR

13129

4178

76.

Sudan

USD

101

32

77.

Sweden

SEK

1421

309

78.

Switzerland

CHF

234

43

79.

Syria

SYP

12387

3670

79A.

Tanzania

TZS

167363

39568

80.

Thailand

THB

3833

1136

81.

Timor-Leste

USD

101

32

82.

Tonga

TOP

225

67

83.

Türkiye

USD

156

41

83A.

Tuvalu

AUD

137

25

84.

Uganda

USD

101

32

85.

Ukraine

USD

124

37

86.

United Arab Emirates

AED

773

168

87.

United Kingdom

GBP

139

30

88.

USA

USD

156

41

89.

Vanuatu

VUV

15380

4071

90.

Venezuela

USD

211

46

91.

Vietnam

USD

101

32

92.

Other countries

AUD

75

25

1.

This Division applies to a member serving for a period overseas on one of these projects.

 

a.

A Defence co-operation program or project.

 

b.

A similar program or project approved by the CDF.

2.

The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The duties performed by the member.

 

b.

The circumstances in which the program or project is conducted.

 

c.

The duration of the program or project.

 

d.

Any other relevant factor.

 

This Division does not apply to the following members.

 

a.

A member who is eligible for maritime disability allowance.

 

b.

A member on peacetime deployment.

1.

This section applies to the member during part or all of their stay at a location overseas. Both these conditions must be met.

 

a.

The member does not stay in a hotel or other commercial lodging, or living-in accommodation.

 

b.

The member is not provided with food.

2.

The member is eligible for these benefits for the period.

 

a.

An allowance for the costs that the CDF considers reasonable for food and drinks, excluding alcohol.

 

b.

Half the normal rate for incidentals under Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas.

3.

For paragraph 2.a, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The cost the member incurred for food and drinks.

 

b.

The member’s welfare and dietary needs.

 

c.

The cost and availability of supplies at the place where the member is on duty, and alternative sources of supply.

 

d.

The cost of transporting goods to the member.

 

e.

Any other factor relevant to the member's situation.

1.

The CDF may decide that the food provided to a member does not satisfy ordinary dietary needs. If so, the member may be reimbursed food costs incurred in meeting those needs.

2.

When making a decision, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The quantity and quality of the food provided.

 

b.

The ordinary dietary requirements of someone serving in the member's circumstances.

 

c.

Any other factor relevant to the food provided.

 

This Division applies to a member participating in officially approved activities overseas.

 

This Division does not apply to a member on peacetime deployment.

1.

The CDF can decide an amount to help with travel costs associated with participation in officially approved activities. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The activity's nature, duration and location.

 

b.

The approved itinerary and transport arrangements.

 

c

The nature and extent of travel costs incurred by the member.

 

d.

The benefit to the ADF of the member’s participation.

 

e.

The nature and level of interest in the activity among ADF members.

 

f.

The value of any other subsidy of the member’s participation.

 

g.

Any other factor relevant to the activity.

2.

The amount must not be more than the lesser of these costs.

 

a.

The total travel costs the member would be eligible for if the travel were for shortterm duty.

 

b.

The costs the member incurs for participating in the activity.

3.

The member is not eligible for either of these amounts.

 

a.

Other travel costs.

 

b.

The cost of transportation.

 

1.

This chapter does not apply to a member if any of the following conditions apply.

 

a.

They are not entitled to salary.

 

b.

They are on a scholarship, bursary or endowment for studying overseas from an organisation other than the Commonwealth.

 

c.

They are on short term duty overseas.

 

In this Chapter the following apply.

 

Evacuation means members and dependants are directed by the Commonwealth to withdraw from the location because of international relations, political, security or other special circumstances at the location.

 

This Division applies to a member’s dependants who have been approved to live at the member’s posting location.

1.

Before a person departs Australia for the posting location, they must obtain certificates of both medical and dental fitness. Certificates must state that the person is fit to travel to and live at the posting location.

Note: This section also applies to dependants embarking on reunion visits to the posting location.

2.

Certificates must be provided by doctors and dentists authorised by Defence. They must be informed that the examinations are required for travelling to and living at the posting location. They must provide a results report to the Joint Health Services Agency (JHSA) for approval.

3.

The JHSA will then advise the Overseas Administration Team of approval or further action required. Files are kept by the JHSA as Medical-in-Confidence information.

4.

The examinations must allow sufficient time for any necessary medical or dental treatment to be undertaken before departure from Australia.

5.

If the examinations reveal a medical, dental, physical, mental or intellectual condition, the JHSA must consider if the posting location has suitable facilities for ongoing treatment of that condition.

6.

If a person has been recognised as a dependant with special needs under this Determination, the decision-maker in the JHSA must consider if the posting location has suitable facilities for ongoing treatment and care of the condition.

7.

This subsection applies if a medical examination shows that a person has a special need. The member may apply for recognition of the person’s special need under section 1.3.6, if the person is not already recognised under that section. 

8.

If a person is not certified as fit, the CDF may approve that the person is eligible for health care costs outlined in this Part. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The state of health of the person.

 

b.

The nature, availability and cost of health, therapeutic or special needs facilities at the posting location.

 

c.

The interests of the Commonwealth that would be furthered by the person living at the posting location.

 

d.

Any climatic or other environmental factor at the posting location that may be especially adverse to the health or the person.

 

e.

Any other factor relevant to the person's fitness to live at the posting location.

9.

The member is eligible for the reimbursement for any costs to obtain the certificate of fitness.  

10.

Eligible persons are also eligible to be provided with all necessary inoculations, vaccinations and anti-malarial drugs.

Note: This includes dependants embarking on reunion visits.

 

This Division applies to a member who has received an official written notice of posting. 

 

Outlay advance is a loan to help with the member’s establishment costs at their next posting location.

1.

A member may apply for an outlay advance for use at the start of a long-term posting. 

2.

The member may select an advance amount up to a maximum of AUD 15,000.

3.

A member must enter into a deed using the approved form to apply for an outlay advance.

4.

When a member and their partner (who is also a member) are posted to the same location overseas, only the member receiving overseas living allowances is eligible for an outlay advance.

5.

A member may claim an outlay advance for each long-term posting. The maximum amount that a member can have outstanding at any time is AUD 15,000.

 

The member must provide a statement that meets all of the following requirements.

 

a.

The statement must be provided within the 6 months after the member receives the outlay advance.

 

b.

The statement must be in writing.

 

c.

The statement must list all costs paid from the outlay advance.

 

d.

The statement must be provided to the Overseas Administration Team.

 

Note: If these requirements are not met there are fringe benefits tax implications for the member.

1.

If a long-term posting is cancelled before the member begins the posting, they may not be able to be refunded by the supplier for goods and services they bought for the posting. They are eligible for an amount for what they would have been reimbursed for the goods and services, if the posting had not been cancelled. All these conditions must be met.

 

a.

The member received written notification of posting.

 

b.

The cancellation did not result from the member’s personal circumstances.

 

c.

The member paid for goods or services as a direct result of the notification.

 

d.

The member cannot make use of the goods or services.

 

e.

The member is not able to be refunded by the supplier of the goods or services.

2.

If no existing condition of service in subsection 3 covers unavoidable costs incurred in subsection 1, the member may be paid an amount the CDF considers reasonable in the circumstances. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The nature of the costs.

 

b.

The circumstances under which the costs were paid.

 

c.

The residual benefit of the goods and services bought.

 

d.

Any other factor relevant to the costs.

3.

For subsection 2, these are the conditions of service.

 

a.

Transfer allowance.

 

b.

Housing assistance.

 

c.

Reimbursement of education costs for a child.

 

In this Division the following apply.

 

Decision maker means person who meets all of the following.

 

a.

They work in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria.

 

b.

They are authorised to manage the pay and administration of members at an overseas post.

 

c.

They hold one of the following.

 

 

i.

A rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 or higher.

 

 

ii.

An APS classification of APS 5 or higher.

 

Temporary accommodation means a serviced apartment, or other similar accommodation in which meals can be prepared.

 

This Division applies to the following people.

 

a.

A member who is to depart Australia to commence a long-term posting overseas.

 

b.

A dependant of a member who is to depart Australia and is to accompany a member commencing a long-term posting overseas, regardless of whether they travel at the same time of the member.

1.

Subject to subsection 2, a person is eligible for temporary accommodation if the following apply.

 

a.

Travel to the posting location is delayed by one of the following.

 

 

i.

COVID-19 related travel restrictions that prevent the person from travelling.

 

 

ii.

An inability to travel on scheduled flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

b.

The cause of the delay in paragraph a. was not in place before the member had a removal under section 14.3.5.

2.

For the purpose of subparagraph 1.a.ii, reasons a person may be unable to travel on a scheduled flight because of the COVID-19 pandemic include, but are not limited to, the flight being cancelled or rescheduled, or the person contracting COVID-19 before their departure.

3.

If the person is travelling with another person who is in the same family group, the family group is required to occupy the same accommodation if a decision maker is satisfied that is it reasonable to do so.

1.

The person is eligible to occupy temporary accommodation under section 14.2.13 from the day travel to the posting location is delayed.

2.

The person ceases to be eligible to occupy temporary accommodation under section 14.2.13 or the earlier of the following.

 

a.

The day they depart Australia.

 

b.

The day that is 2 weeks after the day they became eligible to occupy the temporary accommodation.

3.

Despite paragraph 2.b, a decision maker may extend the eligibility of a person to occupy the temporary accommodation by up to 2 weeks if they are satisfied it is reasonable in the circumstances.

Note: A decision under this section may be made more than once in relation to the same person.

 

This Part outlines the removal benefits for a member, going to or from a long-term overseas posting.

 

This Part applies to a member who has received an official written notice of posting. It also applies to their eligible dependants.

 

In certain situations, a member and their partner may be eligible for 2 removal benefits under this Part. Only a member receiving overseas living allowances is eligible for a removal.

1.

A member is eligible for the cost of the removal of items to the posting location at the beginning of a posting.

2.

When the member has made an inventory of items to be removed, the CDF will approve what items may be removed, and how they are to be removed. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

Criteria about the posting

 

a.

The location from which the member departs.

 

b.

The location to which the member is posted and the circumstances at the posting location.

 

c.

The intended duration of the posting.

 

d.

Any prospective postings and the member's expected career path.

 

Criteria about the dependants

 

e.

The number, age and health of any dependants of the member.

 

f.

Any other factor relevant to the residential arrangements of the member and dependants at the posting location.

 

Criteria about the removal

 

g.

The quantity and nature of the goods to be removed.

 

h.

The most efficient and effective means of transport available to remove the goods.

 

i.

The cost of removal by available means of transport.

 

j.

The need for the goods to arrive as close as possible to the date of the member’s arrival at the posting location.

 

k.

Any other factor relevant to the removal.

3.

For a member privately arranging removals, the conditions in sections 6.5.15 and 6.5.16 apply.

1.

The member may be reimbursed up to AUD 652 for pet transportation, both to and from the overseas posting location.

Note: Relocation of pets within Australia is provided under Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 3.

2.

The benefit includes reimbursement for these costs.

 

a.

Commercial transportation and associated boarding.

 

b.

Any veterinary fees for the sedation of a pet during transport.

 

c.

Any fees and charges in relation to quarantine, if imposed by the Commonwealth or not.

3.

The benefit does not include reimbursement for these costs.

 

a.

Items bought for the transportation or boarding of pets.

 

b.

The transportation and boarding of any animal that the member or dependant owns primarily for economic or business purposes.

4.

To be reimbursed, the member must apply in writing to the Overseas Administration Team, attaching receipts.

1.

Subject to subsection 2, a member who is eligible for a removal under this Part may choose to store in Australia some of their portable household items under Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 2 for the duration of the posting.

2.

An unaccompanied member whose dependants remain in Australia is not eligible for a benefit under this section.

3.

A member is eligible for the removal of stored items to their permanent accommodation in Australia at the end of their overseas posting.

1.

If a member arrives at the posting location and the member has no accommodation for which they receive a benefit for under Chapter 15, Division 4, the property that was removed to the posting location under section 14.3.5 may be stored at Commonwealth expense.

2.

When permanent accommodation becomes available to the member, property stored under subsection 1 may be removed from storage to a member's permanent accommodation at the posting location at Commonwealth expense.

1.

A member may choose to dispose of items, instead of removing them to the posting location or storing them in Australia. The member may be reimbursed an amount equal to any loss as a result of the disposal.

Exception: If a member sells an item that was obtained through a grant the member is not eligible for a reimbursement under this Part.

2.

For subsection 1, the maximum amount payable is what the Commonwealth would have paid to remove and store the possessions.

3.

To claim this benefit, the member must apply in writing to the Overseas Administration Team.

1.

In certain situations, a member may discover removed items cannot be accommodated at the new overseas posting location. This excludes necessary items bought while overseas.

2.

In these situations, a member may do any of these things.

 

a.

Have the item removed back to Australia and stored for the remainder of the overseas posting.

 

b.

Sell the item and claim any loss on the disposal of the item as in section 14.3.8, Loss on sale or disposal of items.

 

c.

Store the item overseas, before removal back to Australia.

1.

A member is eligible for a removal of items to the next posting location or to Australia in the following situations.

 

a.

At the end of the posting period.

 

b.

On termination of the posting by the CDF.

 

c.

On leaving the ADF.

2.

If the member is eligible for a removal from the USA or Canada to Australia, a volume-based removal applies. The CDF may approve a member to fill the available space without consideration of the factors in subsection 3. Additional space is not provided under subsection 4.

3.

When the member has made an inventory of desired items to be removed, the CDF will approve what items may be removed and how they are to be removed. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

Criteria about the return from overseas posting

 

a.

The location from which the member is returning.

 

b.

The period since the member last lived in Australia.

 

c.

The next location to which the member is posted and the circumstances at the posting location.

 

d.

The intended duration of the next posting.

 

e.

Any prospective postings and the member's expected career path.

 

Criteria about the dependants

 

f.

The number, age and health of any dependants of the member. 

 

g.

Any other factor relevant to the residential arrangements of the member and dependants at the next posting location.

 

Criteria about the removal

 

h.

The quantity and nature of the goods to be removed.

 

i.

The most efficient and effective means of transport available to remove the goods.

 

j.

The cost of removal by available means of transport.

 

k.

The need for the goods to arrive as close as possible to the date of the member’s next posting.

 

l.

Any other factor relevant to the removal.

4.

The member is also eligible for an additional 2.25 cubic metres of space to place certain items for removal from the posting location. This is for furniture and whitegoods only. The additional space is provided over and above the volume of goods removed to the post.

5.

The CDF will approve the most efficient and effective transport for the removal.

1.

These items are not acceptable for any overseas removal at Commonwealth cost.

2.

The Commonwealth will not knowingly remove any of the items covered by this subsection. The member must take personal responsibility for any charges or penalties arising from including any of these items in a removal.

 

a.

Dangerous goods.

 

b.

Items that contravene Customs or quarantine regulations, in Australia or the host country.

3.

The Commonwealth will not remove any of these items, except under any special conditions that are stated.

 

a.

Furniture, except in special circumstances subject to CDF approval under section 14.3.5 or 14.3.11.

 

b.

Non-portable items that cannot be carried by one person.

 

c.

Private vehicles or towable items of any kind.

 

d.

Water recreational equipment.

 

e.

Aircraft of any sort.

 

f.

Household furnishings and appliances.

 

g.

Air conditioners.

Exception: In Papua New Guinea outside Port Moresby, approval may be granted for personal air conditioners to be moved at Commonwealth cost.

 

h.

Large or heavy gardening equipment.

 

i.

Perishable foods of any kind, including packaged or frozen food.

1.

A member might be appointed or enlisted outside Australia for service in Australia. In this case, the member is eligible for help with travel and removal to Australia, as follows.

 

a.

Air travel (including rest periods) at Commonwealth expense for the member and any dependants.

 

b.

Rest periods for the member and dependants.

 

c.

Removal of a reasonable amount of personal effects and household items (including furniture) to the location where the member will serve in Australia.

 

 

Exception: This exception applies a limit to the benefit for a member with dependants (unaccompanied), whose dependants elect to make their first Australian home in a personal location. A reasonable amount of the dependants' personal effects may be removed to the personal location at Commonwealth expense.

 

d.

Travel costs, including accommodation costs for authorised rest periods, for the period of travel en route to Australia.

 

e.

Accommodation costs if it is necessary to spend a night in temporary accommodation. This can be before departure and on arrival in Australia.

 

f.

Temporary accommodation allowance and rent allowance at the initial posting location in Australia.

 

 

Exception: This exception applies a limit to the benefit for a member with dependants (unaccompanied) whose dependants elect to make their first Australian home in a personal location. The member may also be eligible for the following conditions.

 

a.

Temporary accommodation allowance for the dependants in the personal location.

 

b.

Rent allowance or a service residence for the dependants in the personal location.

 

g.

Reimbursement of any medical or migration processing fees.

2.

The baggage benefits and method of transport are as specified in Part 4.

1.

A member posted overseas may choose to store a vehicle. All these conditions must be met.

 

a.

The vehicle is owned by the member, on the date the official written notice of the posting was issued.

 

b.

The vehicle is stored in a commercial storage area.

2.

The member may be reimbursed for storage costs up to AUD 1,400. This amount includes maintenance costs included in the storage costs.

3.

The member must meet these costs.

 

a.

Transporting the vehicle from the posting location in Australia to or from the commercial storage facility.

 

b.

Preparing the vehicle for storage.

 

c.

Insurance for the vehicle, if it becomes unregistered.

 

d.

Any damage caused by or to the vehicle, if it becomes unregistered and is unsafe to drive.

4.

To be reimbursed under subsection 2, the member must apply in writing to the Overseas Administration Team, attaching receipts.

5.

A member may choose to transfer their storage benefit from a private vehicle to a towable item. This includes a caravan or trailer.

1.

If a member retains ownership of a vehicle in Australia during the period of posting overseas, they are eligible for a removal of the vehicle on return to Australia.

2.

The maximum amount that may be reimbursed is the cost of removal from the member’s last posting in Australia, to the new posting location in Australia.

3.

The member must meet any costs in excess of subsection 2. This includes any of these amounts.

 

a.

Travel costs from any other storage location.

 

b.

Insurance for the vehicle if it becomes unregistered.

 

c.

Any damage caused by or to the vehicle while it is being removed, if it becomes unregistered and is unsafe to drive.

 

d.

Any damage the vehicle causes while it is being removed if it becomes unregistered and is unsafe to drive.

4.

A member is eligible for a removal of up to 2 vehicles on return to Australia under Chapter 6 Part 5A Division 2.

5.

For the purpose of subsection 4, if paragraphs 6.5A.7.b and 6.5A.7.c are not met, the vehicle may be transported if the member provides a written statement that the vehicle is safe to drive.

 

The purpose of transfer allowance is to pay towards miscellaneous costs associated with overseas removals.

 

Members are paid transfer allowance within 2 months of the scheduled date of departure. This table outlines transfer allowances for members.

 

Item

For a member...

the allowance per person eligible for a removal to the location is AUD...

Moving from Australia to a location overseas

1.

who lived in before departure from Australia

  • 635 for the member
  • 294 for each dependant

2.

with a partner

  • 749 each for the member and partner
  • 294 for each dependant (excluding partner)

3.

in any other situation

  • 775 for the member
  • 294 for each dependant

Moving from overseas location to Australia

4.

who lived in before departure from the location

  • 79 for the member
  • 133 for each dependant

5.

with a partner

  • 161 each for the member and partner
  • 133 for each dependant (excluding partner)

6.

in any other situation

  • 179 for the member
  • 133 for each dependant

Moving from an overseas location to another overseas location

7.

who lived in before departure from the location

  • 301 for the member
  • 229 for each dependant

8.

with a partner

  • 365 each for the member and the partner
  • 229 for each dependant (excluding partner)

9.

removing from the member’s residence to another residence at the overseas location

  • 152, and
  • the costs incurred by the member for telephone disconnection and reconnection

10.

in any other situation

  • 407 for the member
  • 229 for each dependant

 

A member may be reimbursed for insurance costs, when items are removed overseas at Commonwealth cost. The member is reimbursed the lesser of these two amounts.

 

a.

The cost of world-wide multiple risks insurance to cover the value of the items up to AUD 53,000. This is for a period which:

 

i.

begins on the day the items are removed from the member’s residence in Australia, and

 

ii.

ends on the day the items are returned to the member’s residence in Australia.

 

b.

The cost of the insurance worked out at the rate of AUD 2 per AUD 100 insured.

 

The purpose of this Division is to outline cases where removals may be granted to dependants in special circumstances.

1.

In certain situations, a member and dependant may have items removed from the posting location at different times.

2.

If the total amount for these separate removals is greater than the amount for a single removal, the member must pay the extra amount.

3.

The CDF may meet the total cost of all removals and storage charges for special circumstances.

1.

In certain situations, a member on long-term posting is eligible for a removal to move dependants remaining in Australia to another Australian location. All these conditions must be met.

 

a.

The member is unaccompanied.

 

b.

The CDF decides that one or more of these conditions applies.

 

i.

The dependants must vacate a Service residence as a result of the member’s posting.

 

ii.

There are no family members available to provide support for dependent children, in the member’s absence from the location.

 

iii.

The location of the current home is too remote to provide social and educational facilities for dependant children.

 

iv.

The dependant has a medical condition that requires them to move to another location.

 

v.

The safety or welfare of the dependants would be at high risk if they remained in the accommodation.

 

vi.

A change in family circumstances requires urgent action.

 

vii.

The removal is necessary to prevent an emergency.

2.

The CDF may approve a removal to any suitable destination in Australia. The CDF must consider both these criteria.

 

a.

The location of the member’s next posting.

 

b.

If it is expected that the member will complete their service within 12 months of returning to Australia.

3.

If granted a removal under this section, the member is eligible for the normal conditions of service for a removal within Australia.

4.

Despite subsection 2, a member is eligible to be reimbursed the cost of the removal if all the following applies.

 

a.

The removal was privately arranged by the member.

 

b.

The removal was approved by the CDF.

5.

For the purpose of subsection 4, the reimbursement must not exceed the cost of the removal benefit provided under this Determination.

 

This Division describes the removal benefits for a member whose domestic or marital status changes, while serving overseas on long-term posting.

 

When a member marries or has a partnership recognised at the posting location, there is no removal benefit to have the partner's possessions moved to the member’s permanent accommodation overseas.

1.

If a member marries elsewhere than the posting location, the CDF may grant a removal of personal effects to the posting location. These conditions apply.

 

a.

The member must have at least 12 months’ service remaining at the posting location. This time is effective from the approved date the member's partner travels to accompany the member at the overseas location.

 

b.

Only the partner’s personal possessions and wedding presents are removed from the place of marriage, to the member’s permanent accommodation at the posting location.

2.

If a member has a partnership recognised by the ADF elsewhere than the posting location, the CDF may grant a removal of personal effects to the posting location. These conditions apply.

 

a.

The member must have at least 12 months’ service remaining at the posting location. This time is effective from the approved date the member's partner travels to accompany the member at the overseas location.

 

b.

Only the partner's personal possessions are removed from the place where the couple's common household was established, to the member’s permanent accommodation at the posting location.

3.

If the new partner has a child, the member is eligible for the removal of the child’s personal effects. These conditions must be met.

 

a.

The child is eligible as a member’s dependant for removal purposes.

 

b.

The child normally lives with the partner.

 

c.

The child is to live with the member at the overseas posting location.

1.

Division 1 section 14.3.11 applies to the member's and any dependants' removal on the next posting after the member's marriage or ADF recognition of partnership, whichever is applicable.

2.

On the member’s and dependants’ arrival in Australia after the long-term posting, the removal provisions under Chapter 6 Part 5 apply.

 

A member on long-term posting overseas may cease to be a member with dependants. This means they no longer have a requirement to maintain a home for dependants at the overseas posting location. The member is eligible for one of these removals for their dependants.

 

a.

Removal of items to the intended location of residence in Australia.

 

b.

Temporary removal of items to storage in Australia, until completion of the overseas posting. In addition, a subsequent removal from storage to the intended location of residence in Australia.

 

c.

Removal of items to any other location. This is provided the cost is no more than the cost if all items been removed at the same time.

 

This Part outlines travel benefits for journeys taken at the beginning and end of a posting period. This means the journey to the posting location before the settling-in period starts, and the journey from the posting location after the settling-out period ends.

1.

This Part applies to a member, when the member has an official written notice of a posting.

2.

Dependants can receive the same benefits as the member under this Part. All these conditions must be met.

 

a.

The dependants are being removed to the posting location with the member under section 14.4.5.

 

b.

The dependants are able to spend the minimum period under section 12.3.5 as part of the member's household at the posting location.

 

c.

The dependants are not travelling to a posting designated as unaccompanied.

3.

For this Part, the Commonwealth will not pay for any escorts accompanying a dependant in any circumstances.

 

In this Division, international best fare has the meaning given in the Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No. 405 as published in October 2016.

Note: International best fare takes into account matters such as cost, practicality and value for money.

1.

The Commonwealth will pay the cost of members' and dependants' travel to and from the posting location in these situations.

 

a.

To begin the posting.

 

b.

At the end of the posting period, to travel back to Australia, or to the next posting location.

 

c.

On evacuation of the member.

 

d.

On termination of the posting by the CDF.

 

e.

On termination of the posting by the member.

2.

The Director Defence Print and Travel Services must approve the routes that may attract travel assistance. Before making the decision they must consider the whole-of-Australian-Government international best fare policy.

3.

Travel assistance may only be paid for a route that the CDF is satisfied meets both of the following conditions.

 

a.

It is a route approved under subsection 2.

Note: Package holidays are not approved under subsection 2, and are not available.

 

b.

It is the international best fare.

4.

A member is eligible for the fare to Australia for each of the member’s dependants who join the member’s household during the posting period.

1.

For travel at the beginning and end of a posting period, a member and dependants may be paid travel costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals.

2.

The travel cost limits payable for meals, accommodation and incidentals for the journey are as follows.

 

a.

For the portion of the journey that is overseas the following.

 

 

i.

For a dependant less than 12 years old — two-thirds of the cost limits for travel to or from the posting location under Chapter 13 Part 3.

 

 

ii.

For a member or a dependant 12 years or older — the same cost limits for travel to or from the posting location under Chapter 13 Part 3.

 

b.

For the portion of the journey within Australia — the cost limits under Chapter 9 Part 5 for travelling within Australia on posting apply.

1.

The member is eligible for travel at business class, if available. This includes connecting flights for the journey to or from the overseas posting location.

2.

If business class is not available, members with the rank of Colonel or lower must travel economy class.

3.

A member is eligible for travel at first class, if business class is not available and the member meets either of these conditions.

 

a.

They hold the rank of Brigadier or higher.

 

b.

They have special travel requirements.

4.

A member with special travel requirements is a member travelling to or from the posting location for more than 5 hours on the aircraft. They must also satisfy one of these conditions.

 

a.

The member is certified by a doctor as being pregnant at the time or travel.

 

b.

The member is accompanying a dependent who is certified by a doctor as being pregnant at the time of travel.

 

c.

The member is accompanying a child under 7 years of age at the time of travel.

5.

If a member is unable to accompany their pregnant dependent, the dependent may travel first class, if business class is not available.

6.

If a member is unable to accompany a child under 7 years of age, but the child is travelling with the member's partner, the partner and the child may travel first class if business class is not available.

7.

The CDF may approve a member to travel first class in other special circumstances. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

Standards of amenities and hygiene if not travelling first class, both on the ground and on board the aircraft.

 

b.

The member's health.

 

c.

The time of year when travelling.

 

d.

The duration of travel.

 

e.

The nature of duties (if any) being undertaken while travelling.

 

f.

The extent to which the member may be subject to discrimination, within the meaning of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986, while travelling.

 

g.

Any other factor relevant to the member's travel.

1.

A member is eligible for travel costs under section 14.4.5 by a route that is approved by Director Defence Print and Travel Services if all the following have been met.

 

a.

The approval is given before the member or dependant books the travel.

 

b.

The travel is not a holiday package.

2.

Only the following costs can be paid for travel approved under subsection 1.

 

a.

Airfares at the class provided for under section 14.4.7.

 

b.

Vehicle allowance payable under Chapter 9 Part 6 for any surface travel.

 

c.

Costs payable under Division 3 for any rest period.

3.

The value of airfares and surface travel costs paid under subsection 2 must not be more than the airfare component of the travel that would otherwise be provided under section 14.4.5 and section 14.4.6.

4.

If the route approved under this section is cheaper than the route approved under section 14.4.5 the member is not entitled to the difference.

1.

A member may be authorised to travel to or from their posting location by private vehicle.

2.

In this case, the member is eligible for vehicle allowance and travel costs. Incidental costs are payable at half the normal rate.

See: Chapter 13 Part 3 Annex 13.3.A, Travel costs

3.

The benefit must not be more than what would have been paid for the member's transport if the member had not used the vehicle.

1.

The member and each dependant authorised to travel to or from the overseas posting location can transport the following baggage at no cost to the member.

 

a.

30 kg of baggage.

 

b.

Two suitcases if the carrier charges for each bag rather than by weight.

2.

This benefit includes the amount of baggage the carrier allows the passenger to carry for no extra charge.

1.

The CDF may authorise payment for excess baggage which exceeds the limits provided under subsection 14.4.10.1.

2.

Payment of excess baggage is limited by the following conditions.

 

a.

If the carrier charges for the combined weight of baggage, payment may only be made for up to 45 kg of total baggage weight.

 

b.

If the carrier charges per suitcase, payment may only be made for up to 3 suitcases in total.

 

c.

Costs are limited to those that would apply to travel by the most direct route.

2A.

Despite subsection 2, subsection 2B applies if the travel meets all of the following.

 

a.

Any of the following apply.

 

 

i.

The travel is to a posting location overseas in the Pacific Islands.

 

 

ii.

The travel is from a posting location overseas to Australia.

 

 

iii.

The travel is from a posting location overseas to another posting location overseas.

 

b.

The travel occurs between 1 December 2021 and 1 March 2024.

2B.

If subsection 2A applies, payment for excess baggage is limited by all of the following.

 

a.

If the carrier charges for the combined weight of baggage, payment may only be made for the cost of up to 60 kg of total baggage weight.

 

b.

If the carrier charges per suitcase, payment may only be made for the cost of up to 4 suitcases in total.

 

c.

Costs are limited to those that would apply to travel by the most direct route.

3.

The CDF must consider all the following criteria before making the decision under subsection 1.

 

a.

The nature and content of the baggage, including any special equipment being carried.

 

b.

Removal arrangements under this Determination.

 

c.

The duration and timing of the posting.

1.

The benefit in section 14.4.11 may be converted to unaccompanied baggage or air freight.

2.

If the member chooses to send baggage unaccompanied, the cost limit is as if the member had moved the full benefit of air baggage at the accompanied rate.

4.

If there is no unaccompanied baggage rate available, air freight may be used on the same principle.

 

Rest periods provide a chance to recover from jet lag, during or after air travel undertaken for duty.

1.

A rest period is between 12 and 24 hours. The member is considered on duty for conditions of service purposes.

2.

A member is eligible for 1 rest period if they travel by the direct route for at least four time zone hours, or with a travelling time of at least 12 hours.

2A.

A member is eligible for 2 rest periods if they travel by the direct route for at least six time zone hours.

3.

A member is taken to be on duty during a rest period. If a rest period taken at the journey’s destination falls outside normal working hours, it will not entitle the member to time off duty instead.

4.

The same benefit applies to a given journey, whether it is by a direct or indirect route.

5.

The member may choose whether to take a rest period during the journey or at the final destination.

6.

A member may have an unavoidable stopover on the journey. If the stopover is at least 12 hours, it will be regarded as a rest period. This will satisfy the rest period benefit under this section.

7.

No journey can have more than 2 rest periods.

8.

For an overnight rest period, the member is eligible for both of the following.

 

a.

Accommodation costs as if the member were on duty.

 

b.

Meals and incidental costs under Chapter 13 Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas.

 

Note: A member may take recreation leave under Chapter 5 Part 4 during or at the end of a journey in conjunction with a rest period.

1.

The member is eligible for the travel of the member’s dependants to or from the posting location at a different time to the member if the CDF is satisfied of any of the following.

 

a.

The dependant is temporarily medically unfit to travel overseas at the same time as the member.

 

b.

The child's educational needs require a later departure.

 

c.

A relative of the member suffers ill health and the dependant needs to remain to help the relative.

 

d.

The short posting notice does not provide adequate time to make domestic arrangements before departure.

 

e.

Any other circumstances that the CDF is satisfied requires the dependant to delay their departure.

2.

A member’s dependant is eligible for travel costs in all of the following circumstances.

 

a.

The dependant is being removed to the posting location.

 

b.

The dependant can spend the minimum period under subsection 12.3.5.3 or 12.3.5.4 as part of the member's household at the posting location.

 

c.

The dependant is not travelling to or from the posting location on any other type of assisted airfare, based on the allowable travel cost.

 

d.

If the dependant returned unaccompanied to Australia at Commonwealth costthe member served at least 12 months at the overseas posting location.

2A.

The period in paragraph 2.d may be reduced to less than 12 months if the CDF is satisfied there are special circumstances.

3.

This table describes the maximum amounts paid for travel by a dependant, not travelling with the member.

 

Item

For...

The maximum amount payable is the...

1.

a child who travels to or from the posting location, unaccompanied by the member or member's partner

allowable travel cost to the location.

2.

any other dependant not travelling with the member

amount that would have been paid, if the dependant had accompanied the member for travel.

 

4.

For this section, the dependant must not travel:

 

a.

before the date of effect of the posting order, or

 

b.

more than 12 months after the member's travel from the posting location.

5.

A dependant who does not travel with the member is not eligible for a rest period.

 

The member may claim costs involved in carrying the dependant's personal baggage. The cost must have been unavoidable.

Examples: It might be necessary to buy portage to help in these situations.

 

a.

The dependant has a disability that prevents them carrying their luggage.

 

b.

The dependant is a child. The flight attendant is not permitted to carry the luggage for the child.

 

The purpose of this Part is to cover the additional costs of meals when a member and dependants are obliged to live in temporary accommodation, including motels and serviced apartments.

1.

This Part applies to a member and their dependants who are authorised to live in temporary accommodation overseas for any of the following reasons.

 

a.

The member is arriving at the posting.

 

b.

The member is leaving the posting.

 

c.

The member's housing has become unfit for occupation.

2.

During a period of settling in and settling out, a member is eligible for the overseas living allowances. They must also pay a rent and utilities contribution.

Note: Benefits under this Part apply to a deceased member's dependants under section 12.7.6. However, additional limits may apply under subsection 12.7.6.3.

1.

On arrival at the posting location, the member and dependants may live in temporary accommodation. The member is eligible for a settling in allowance for themself and for each of their dependants.

Exception: The member's partner is also a member. Only the member receiving overseas living allowances is eligible for a settling in allowance for themself and for each of their dependants.

2.

The settling in period begins on the first day of the member’s posting period. It ends on the earlier of these days.

 

a.

The day when permanent accommodation becomes available at the posting location.

 

b.

Six weeks after the day when the member’s posting period begins.

3.

If a member has not obtained permanent accommodation within the period in subsection 2, the CDF may approve a longer period for the allowance. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The availability of suitable accommodation.

 

b.

The action taken by the member to obtain suitable accommodation.

 

c.

The efficient operation of the ADF.

 

d.

Costs associated with extending the period.

 

e.

Any special circumstances relating to the member or their dependants.

 

f.

The reasonable accommodation needs of the member.

 

g.

Any other factor relevant to the provision of suitable accommodation to the member.

4.

If a member refuses or rejects suitable accommodation at the posting location, the eligibility to settling in allowance ceases.

1.

A member is eligible for settling out allowance for themselves and their dependants if they live in temporary accommodation before leaving the member’s posting location.

2.

For the purpose of subsection 1, the period of eligibility is between the following.

 

a.

The day permanent accommodation becomes unavailable because of the completion of the member’s posting.

 

b.

The later of the following days.

 

 

i.

The day the member’s period of posting ends.

 

 

ii.

The day 2 weeks after the beginning of the settling out period in paragraph a.

 

 

iii.

The day specified by the CDF.

1.

If arriving at or leaving the posting location within the periods outlined in this Division, these benefits apply.

 

Item

For...

the allowance for each complete day is...

1.

the member and each dependant 12 years or older

two-thirds of the amount listed for meals at the member's location in Annex 13.3.A.

2.

each dependant less than 12 years old

two-thirds of the amount in item 1.

 

2.

If the accommodation tariff includes the cost of a meal, the amount of meals supplement under subsection 1 is to be reduced by the amounts in this table.

 

Item

For...

the allowance is to be reduced by...

1.

breakfast

25%.

2.

lunch

25%.

3.

dinner

50%.

 

3.

On the first and last days of a period, the benefit is worked out by multiplying the amounts in subsection 1 by the applicable percentages in this table.

 

Item

Local time of arrival or departure

% rate for day of arrival

% rate for day of departure

1.

Before 0700

100

0

2.

0700 – 1300

75

25

3.

1301 – 1900

50

50

4.

After 1900

0

100

 

4.

A member is not eligible for meals supplement in these situations.

 

a.

If the member or dependant has meals provided or paid for.

 

b.

During the member's recreation leave, including weekends and public holidays during the leave.

 

c.

While the member occupies accommodation with facilities to allow the member to prepare a cooked meal.

5.

Paragraph 4.c does not apply to a member if the member is required to isolate themselves in response to control measures, however described, to limit the spread of COVID-19 issued by a government, or government authority in the posting location overseas.

 

This Division applies to members and their dependants, authorised by the CDF in these situations.

 

a.

A member and dependants are directed to evacuate a posting location, because of an emergency.

 

b.

A member’s dependants are given the option to voluntarily depart from the location.

 

This Division does not apply to a person who is eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 14A Part 1.

1.

For benefits, the evacuation period begins on the day the member or dependant is evacuated from the posting location.

2.

This table lists when the period ends.

 

Item

For a...

the period ends on the earliest of the day when...

1.

member

a. the member returns to the posting location.

b. the member's posting is terminated.

c. the member begins living permanently in Australia or their next posting location.

2.

dependants

a. the dependant returns to the posting location.

b. the member leaves the posting location because of termination of the member’s posting.

c. the dependant begins living permanently in Australia or at a location other than the posting location.

1.

Transport for evacuation is by the means and class of travel available at short notice.

2.

The member is eligible for any excess baggage charges. 

1.

If a member or dependant is evacuated from the posting location, the member is eligible for the reimbursement of these costs.

 

a.

The member’s or dependant’s accommodation at the evacuation location.

 

b.

Settling in allowance as if the member or dependant met both these conditions.

 

i.

They were arriving at the evacuation location as if it were a posting location.

 

ii

They were staying in accommodation without facilities for them to prepare a cooked meal.

2.

If a member or dependant is evacuated to Australia, they are eligible for two-thirds of the amount as if settling in or out. This is worked out as if the member were temporarily performing duty in Canberra for less than 21 days.

1.

During an evacuation the normal long-term posting provisions under Chapter 15 apply.

2.

The member must continue to pay rent and utilities contributions during the evacuation period.

3.

A member continues to be eligible for utilities costs during an evacuation.

 

The member is eligible for the overseas living allowances, that would have applied had they not been evacuated, during the period of evacuation.

1.

If a member or dependant is evacuated from the overseas posting location, the member may be reimbursed the cost of clothes and other personal items.

2.

The CDF must decide it is essential for the member or dependant to buy clothes or other personal items to live at the evacuation location. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The circumstances of the evacuation of the member or dependant.

 

b.

The locations involved in the evacuation.

 

c.

The expected duration of the evacuation.

 

d.

Any other factor relevant to the evacuation.

 

A member who is evacuated from their posting location is eligible for the storage of the following items for the period of the evacuation.

 

a.

The amount a member is eligible for when moving items from one residence to another at the posting location.

 

b.

A private vehicle owned by the member or dependant.

 

A member is eligible for assistance with medical, dental and hospital costs incurred at the overseas evacuation centre payable under Chapter 15 Part 5 as if the member and dependants were still at the posting location.

1.

A member's child may be evacuated from the posting location to another overseas location. This section applies as if the member was on long-term posting to the other location, for the period of the evacuation.

2.

If a member’s child is evacuated to a location in Australia and the child continues to study the overseas school’s curriculum, the member continues to be eligible for any of the following benefits the member was eligible for before the evacuation.

 

a.

Compulsory examination fees under section 15.6.9.

 

b.

Compulsory tuition fees under section 15.6.10.

 

c.

Excess school transport costs under section 15.6.12.

 

d.

Language and communication tuition under section 15.6.13.

 

e.

Remedial tuition under section 15.6.14.

3.

The CDF can pay an amount considered reasonable for additional costs incurred as a result of distance education mode.

1.

During a period of evacuation, a member may travel from the posting location to another location for a reunion visit with dependants. In this case, the member is eligible for the reimbursement of these costs.

 

a.

Return travel by the member and dependants to the location during the period of evacuation. This is as if the travel were reunion travel under Chapter 15 Part 3 Division 3, Overseas reunion Travel.

 

b.

Accommodation that the CDF considers suitable at the location for the period of the reunion visit. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

i.

The cooking and dining facilities in the accommodation.

 

ii.

If the facilities are similar to those generally available in an apartment.

 

iii.

The services provided in the accommodation.

2.

Under this section, the total period of reunion visits in a year must be no longer than the period of recreation leave accrued for a year’s service at the member’s posting location.

3.

In addition to this section, the member and dependant are still eligible for travel under Chapter 16 Part 4, Assisted leave travel. This must be to a regional leave centre or relief leave centre within the meaning of that Part.

1.

The CDF may direct members and dependants to permanently leave a posting location suddenly and unexpectedly, and return to Australia. In this situation, members may be paid an amount for any financial losses.

2.

This section does not apply in these situations.

 

a.

Evacuations.

 

b.

Management-initiated early withdrawal of a member from a long-term posting. In this situation, it is normal practice to allow enough time for personal arrangements to be completed before departure.

3.

The CDF may authorise the member to be paid an amount for the losses resulting from the withdrawal. In assessing the amount, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The circumstances in which the member leaves the long-term posting.

 

b.

The length of time given to the member to leave the posting location.

 

c.

The expected duration of the posting and the posting period left to serve at the time of leaving.

 

d.

The extent to which the member entered into unavoidable financial commitments in the reasonable expectation that the posting would run its full term.

 

e.

Any costs reasonably incurred by the member, that would have reduced if the posting had run its full term.

 

f.

Any other factor relevant to the posting.

4.

Other provisions of Chapters 14, 15 and 16 also apply in this situation.

 

The purpose of this Division is to provide an amount for any lost or damaged possessions during an overseas posting. This is only if the loss or damage is directly caused by a specified event.

 

This Division applies to both of the following.

 

a.

A member (including a member on Reserve service) on a long-term posting overseas.

 

b.

Dependants living with the member overseas.

 

For this Division, possessions means these items.

 

a.

Items approved for removal to an overseas posting location at Commonwealth expense.

 

b.

Items approved for removal to another residence at the overseas posting, or back to Australia, at Commonwealth expense.

 

c.

Food, beverages and other household consumable goods.

 

d.

Private vehicles.

 

Note: Loss or damage to a member's clothing or effects used for service is provided under Chapter 10 Part 4.

1.

Members are eligible for help if their possessions are lost or damaged as a result of one of these specified events.

 

a.

War.

 

b.

Civil disorder.

 

c.

Natural disaster.

 

d.

Another similar event.

2.

These three conditions must be met.

 

a.

The member meets either of the following situations.

 

i.

The member fully insured the possessions, but was unsuccessful claiming from the insurer despite reasonable attempts.

 

ii.

The member was unable to obtain appropriate insurance at a reasonable cost to cover the possessions in the circumstances in which they were lost or damaged.

 

b.

The member took reasonable steps to avoid the loss or damage.

 

c.

The member assigns to the Commonwealth the right to recover the loss or damage from an insurer or another person. The member also takes all necessary steps to help the Commonwealth with its claim.

4.

The member is eligible for an amount the CDF considers reasonable in the circumstances. In assessing the amount, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The nature and extent of the possessions lost or damaged.

 

b.

The amount that an insurer would pay to the member for loss or damage.

 

c.

Any professional valuation of the loss or damage.

 

d.

The estimated residual value of the possessions. This must take into account the:

 

i.

initial cost, and

 

ii.

estimated amount of depreciation.

 

e.

Any other factor relevant to the loss or damage.

5.

The payment must be reduced if both these conditions are met.

 

a.

The member has not insured the possessions, or has underinsured them.

 

b.

The CDF considers that it would have been reasonable to fully insure them against the event that caused the loss or damage.

6.

The amount must be reduced by the amount the member could reasonably expect to have been paid by an insurer, if the goods had been adequately covered.

1.

This table shows the amount a member may be paid for loss or damage to a private vehicle.

 

Situation

Benefit

Loss of private vehicle

The estimated residual value of the vehicle immediately before the loss occurred.

Damage to private vehicle

The difference between estimated residual values, both before and after the damage.

 

2.

This is how to work out the estimated residual value of the member’s vehicle.

 

a.

Find out how much the member paid to buy the vehicle.

 

b.

Subtract an amount of depreciation the CDF assesses as reasonable in the circumstances.

3.

When assessing the amount of depreciation, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The criteria set out in subsection 14.6.21.4.

 

b.

The type and cost of the vehicle bought by the member.

 

c.

The age of the vehicle when bought, and the period the member owned the vehicle.

 

d.

The rate of depreciation that would usually occur on a similar vehicle at the member's posting location.

 

e.

The estimated cost of repairing any defects to the vehicle.

 

f.

The insured value of the vehicle.

 

g.

Any other factor relevant to the member's ownership of the vehicle.

1.

The CDF can direct that a member's possessions are presumed lost on a specific date.

2.

The CDF must consider all these criteria.

 

a.

The circumstances in which the member ended or interrupted a long-term posting and left the posting location.

 

b.

The nature of the possessions abandoned by the member at the location, and their condition and value at that time.

 

c.

The likelihood that the member may be able to recover the possessions in a reasonable condition for use.

 

d.

The likelihood of the member resuming the posting or returning to the location.

 

e.

Any other factor relevant to the member's loss of possessions.

3.

The CDF is not to give the direction in subsection 1 unless the member assigns the possessions to the Commonwealth.

 

This Part provides benefits to a member and their dependant who are in an overseas location for work and are evacuated, or have a dependant evacuated, from that location on a voluntary or involuntary basis because of COVID-19.

 

In this Part the following apply.

 

Evacuation period means the period commencing on the day a person arrives in Australia on a flight provided under section 14A.1.4 and ending on the earlier of the following.

 

a.

The day the person leaves Australia on a flight provided under section 14A.1.5.

 

b.

If the person is a member, the day a member’s long-term posting overseas or short-term duty overseas ends.

 

c.

If the person is a dependant, the earlier of the following.

 

 

i.

The day the long-term posting overseas or short-term duty overseas of the member in relation to whom they have been recognised as a dependant ends.

 

 

ii.

The day the dependant advises they are not going to return to the posting location or place of duty of the member in relation to whom they have been recognised as a dependant.

 

d.

If the person is a dependant who is a minor, the day the member advises the person is not going to return to the posting location or place of duty of the member in relation to whom they have been recognised as a dependant.

 

e.

A day set by the Director of Attaché and Overseas Management.

 

Family group means a group of persons consisting of any of the following.

 

a.

A member.

 

b.

A person who has been recognised as a dependant of the member in paragraph a.

 

Permitted to evacuate means evacuation on a voluntary basis.

 

Required to evacuate means evacuation on an involuntary basis.

 

Senior ADF representative means the most senior Defence Force member at a posting location.

 

This Division applies to any of the following persons.

 

a.

A member on short-term duty overseas.

 

b.

A member on a long-term posting overseas.

 

c.

A dependant who accompanied a member specified in paragraph a or b.

1.

Subject to subsection 3, a person is eligible for an economy class flight from their location to one of the following if the CDF requires or permits them to evacuate.

 

a.

If the member is evacuated – the airport nearest the location where the member will work.

 

b.

If the member is evacuated at the same time as their dependants – the airport nearest the location where the member will work.

 

c.

In all other cases, the capital city nearest to the location where they will live.

 

Note 1: If more than one dependant from the same family group are evacuated at the same time, the location under paragraph b must be the same location.

 

Note 2: Flights include domestic flights that may not be connected with an international flight.

1A.

Subsection 1 also applies to a person who was evacuated on or after 27 March 2020 as though it were in force at that time.

2.

If more than one person in the same family group are evacuated at the same time and the following conditions apply, flights to the final destination may be broken once they have returned to Australia and completed an isolation period.

 

a.

All persons in the family group are required to isolate themselves.

 

b.

The final destination of the member and the dependants are different.

3.

If a person is required to evacuate and no reasonable economy class flights are available before the end of the period in which the person must have evacuated the location, the person is eligible for flights in the next higher class available.

Note: Only economy class flights are available to people who evacuate to a location on a voluntary basis.

1.

Subject to subsection 3, any of the following persons is eligible for an economy class flight from their nearest capital city in Australia to their posting location overseas or location of short-term duty.