A member posted before 1 July 2017 to a posting location overseas may be reimbursed the amount of a loss incurred on the sale of a private vehicle. All these conditions must be met.
The vehicle must be owned by the member.
The member bought the vehicle before the official written notice of the posting was issued.
The member must sell the vehicle in Australia because of the long-term posting.
The price the member obtained the vehicle for is less than the market price for a vehicle of the same model, age and similar condition.
The CDF is satisfied that the member made reasonable efforts to dispose of the vehicle without incurring a loss. The CDF must consider all these criteria.
How the member sought to dispose of the vehicle.
When and how widely the member advertised the vehicle for sale.
The nature and extent of offers made for the vehicle.
Particulars of the sale made by the member.
Any other relevant aspect of the sale.
The maximum reimbursement under this section is AUD 1,400.
Exception: If a member buys a vehicle after date of issue of the posting order, the maximum reimbursement is AUD 700.
The member must apply in writing to the Overseas Administration Team for reimbursement.
This benefit applies to one private vehicle for each posting.
A member may choose to transfer their loss on sale benefit from a private vehicle to a towable item. This includes a caravan or trailer.
Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 188.8.131.52.e on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay and administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
A member posted overseas may choose to store a vehicle. All these conditions must be met.
The vehicle is owned by the member, on the date the official written notice of the posting was issued.
The vehicle is stored in a commercial storage area.
The member may be reimbursed for storage costs up to AUD 1,400. This amount includes maintenance costs included in the storage costs.
The member must meet these costs.
Transporting the vehicle from the posting location in Australia to or from the commercial storage facility.
Preparing the vehicle for storage.
Insurance for the vehicle, if it becomes unregistered.
Any damage caused by or to the vehicle, if it becomes unregistered and is unsafe to drive.
To be reimbursed under subsection 2, the member must apply in writing to the Overseas Administration Team, attaching receipts.
A member may choose to transfer their storage benefit from a private vehicle to a towable item. This includes a caravan or trailer.
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.
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.
The member must meet any costs in excess of subsection 2. This includes any of these amounts.
Travel costs from any other storage location.
Insurance for the vehicle if it becomes unregistered.
Any damage caused by or to the vehicle while it is being removed, if it becomes unregistered and is unsafe to drive.
Any damage the vehicle causes while it is being removed if it becomes unregistered and is unsafe to drive.
A member is eligible for a removal of up to two vehicles on return to Australia. The removal is to be carried out under the normal within-Australia provisions.
See: Chapter 6 Part 5, Removals and storage
Exception: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 5 section 6.5.40, provides that vehicles to be removed must be registered and roadworthy. That section does not apply for removal on return to Australia if the member makes a written statement that the vehicle is safe to drive.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.