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DEFENCE SERVICE CONDITIONS MESSAGE

 

ORIG No.  PERS DSC 068/07

DTG:  092205Z DEC 07

 

SUBJ:  OPERATION QUICKSTEP (FIJI) - CONDITIONS OF SERVICE (COS)

SITUATION

1.                   ON 11 SEP 07 MINDEF, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, DECLARED SERVICE ON OP QUICKSTEP IN FIJI AS NON-WARLIKE (NWL) for the period 31 OCT 06 to 22 DEC 06.   ON 22 NOV 07 MADEF APPROVED RATEs OF DEPLOYMENT ALLOWANCE to apply for the duration of the deployment.

mission

2.         TO PROVIDE DETAILS OF THE COS FOR OP QUICKSTEP IN FIJI.

3.         THIS msg IS TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE REF.

eligibility

4.         to be eligible for nwl cos, adf pers must:

A.         BE ASSIGNED TO OP QUICKSTEP, AND

B.        BE WITHIN THE OP QUICKSTEP SPECIFIED AREA during the period 31 oct 06 TO 22 dec 06 inclusive.

5.         THE OP QUICKSTEP SPECIFIED AREA COMPRISES FIJI, ITS LAND, INTERNAL WATERS, ARCHIPELAGIC WATERS, TERRITORIAL SEA AND SUPERJACENT AIRSPACE AND THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE (eez) OF FIJI.

6.         adf pers who entered the nwl specified area but were not assigned for duty to op quickstep are entitled to peacetime cos only.

DEPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

7.         ON DEPLOYMENT:

a.         rehabilitation and compensation. svc on op quickstep is covered under the military rehabilitation and compensation act.

b.        taxation. members may be eligible to claim the overseas defence forces rebate. this equates to aud 338 plus 50 percent of any other entitled rebates per annum on a pro rata basis.

c.        deployment allowance (da). in conjunction with the declaration of nwl svc, da has been approved at TWO LEVELS AS FOLLOWS:

(1)       svc WITHIN THE fijian eez - DOLLARS TWENTY FIVE CENTS TWO (AUS 25.02) per day or part day, or

 (2)      svc IN FIJI, ITS INTERNAL WATERS, ARCHIPELAGIC WATERS AND TERRITORIAL SEA - dollars thirty seven cents ninety two (aud 37.92) per day or part day.

d.        other allowances. OTHER SALARY RELATED ALLOWANCES, INCLUDING SEPARATION, FIELD, FLYING, HARD LYING AND SEAGOING ALLOWANCE, ARE PAYABLE IAW NORMAL POLICY (THAT IS, PAID IF THE PRESCRIBED CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT ARE MET).

E.        MEALS AND ACCN. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT MEALS AND ACCN WILL HAVE BEEN PROVIDED AT CWEALTH EXPENSE. MEMBERS WHO WERE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN MEALS MAY QUALIFY FOR THE PAYMENT OF TA (INCLUDING INCIDENTALS) IAW NORMAL POLICY. MEMBERS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR CHARGES FOR MEALS AND ACCN PROVIDED IN THE OP QUICKSTEP NWL SPECIFIED AREA. ACCN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MWODS LIVING IN OR LIVING OUT WHO RETAIN ACCN IN AUSTRALIA WILL BE WAIVED IAW NORMAL PROVISIONS.

F.         OTHER ALLOWANCES RELATING TO LONG AND SHORT-TERM NON-OPERATIONAL DUTY OVERSEAS ARE NOT PAYABLE.

G.        ADDITIONAL RECREATION LEAVE (ARL) FOR NWL SVC. IN ADDITION TO BASIC REC LEAVE PERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ARL FOR NWL SVC AT A RATE OF TEN DAYS PER YEAR ON A PRO RATA BASIS WHILE INSIDE THE NWL SPECIFIED AREA

H.        OTHER LEAVE. FIELD LEAVE, FLYING LEAVE OR SEAGOING LEAVE MAY BE GRANTED IAW PACMAN. AS MEMBERS DEPLOYED ON NWL OPS ARE IN RECEIPT OF DA AND ARL, ERL IS NOT TO BE GRANTED FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

I.          RELIEF OUT OF COUNTRY TRAVEL FARES ASSISTANCE (ROCTFA). NIL ENTITLEMENT

J.         HONOURS AND AWARDS. PERSONNEL WHO SERVED a minimum period of 30 DAYS OR MORE, IN THE SPECIFIED AREA AT PARA 5 during the period 31 OCT 06 TO 22 DEC 06, will be entitled to the asm.

COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS

8.         exchange personnel. pers from other forces on exchange with the adf and deployed to op quickstep have no entitlement to the adf deployment package.

9.         THIS MSG AND SUBSEQUENT MSG WILL BE published ON THe pe page at http://www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac/ AND ON THE INTERNET AT HTTP://WWW.DEFENCE.GOV.AU/DPE/PAC. (ALL LOWER CASE).

 

10.       QUESTIONS.  ALL QUERIES REGARDING COS ENTITLEMENTS ARE TO BE FWD THROUGH THE NORMAL CHAIN OF COMD.

 

 

 

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