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Division 3: Cost of posting allowance – member posted on or after 1 July 2017

15.2A.13 Purpose

The cost of posting allowance helps to compensate a member for financial and non-financial disadvantage due to the overseas posting. These include the following.

  1. Loss of family, friends and support networks in Australia.

  2. High cost of maintaining links to Australia.

  3. Missing out on significant family events and milestones.

  4. Loss of spouse or partner income and superannuation.

  5. Delay in spouse or partner career advancement.

15.2A.14 Period of eligibility

The member is eligible for the cost of posting allowance for the duration of the posting period overseas.

15.2A.15 Rate of allowance

  1. The following definitions apply to this section.

    1. Minimum amount means the following.

      1. For an accompanied member — 28% of the salary for a Major on pay grade 1 and increment O4-0 in Schedule B.3 Part 1 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

      2. For an unaccompanied member — 18% of the salary for a Major on pay grade 1 and increment O4-0 in Schedule B.3 Part 1 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    2. Maximum amount means the following.

      1. For an accompanied member — 28% of the salary for a Colonel on paygrade 10 and increment O6-1 in Schedule B.3 Part 1 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

      2. For an unaccompanied member — 18% of the salary for a Colonel on paygrade 10 and increment O6-1 in Schedule B.3 Part 1 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

  2. Subject to the following, the rate of allowance for an accompanied member is 28% of the member's salary, including any salary non-reduction supplement provided under section 3.2.56.

    1. If 28% of the member's salary is less than the minimum amount — the rate of allowance is the minimum amount.

    2. If 28% of the member's salary is more than the maximum amount — the rate of allowance is the maximum amount.

  3. Subject to the following, the rate of allowance for an unaccompanied member is 18% of the member's salary, including any salary non-reduction supplement provided under section 3.2.56.

    1. If 18% of the member's salary is less than the minimum amount — the rate of allowance is the minimum amount.

    2. If 18% of the member's salary is more than the maximum amount — the rate of allowance is the maximum amount.

  4. The dual Commonwealth benefit rule under section 15.2A.9 applies to this allowance.

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

  1. A member may apply to the CDF for an annual supplementary cost of posting allowance of AUD 1,200. Both these conditions must be met.

    1. The member must have been directed by the CDF to live in Manhattan on a long-term posting.

    2. The CDF decides that there is an obligation on the member to pay a Christmas bonus to a person for apartment and garaging services.

  2. The dual Commonwealth benefit rule applies to this allowance.

  3. See: Division 1 section 15.2A.9, The dual Commonwealth benefit rule

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.2A.16.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
A person who is authorised to manage Defence personnel administration at the overseas post and is not below MAJ(E)/APS 6.
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.
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.




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