The purpose of this Division is to provide for the contributions that a member is required to pay when occupying a house at an overseas posting.
A member must pay a rent and utilities contribution to the Commonwealth when the member is receiving these benefits.
The amount of contribution is worked out at the rate specified in Annex 15.4.B, as follows.
For an unaccompanied member, use column 4 of Part 1, opposite the member's rent group in column 1.
For an accompanied member, use column 4 of Part 2, opposite the member's rent group in column 1.
The contribution amount is deducted from a member's fortnightly salary.
See: Annex 15.4.B, Rent and utilities contribution
If the member's posting location has a hardship location grade, the member's contribution is reduced by AUD 10 a week.
Dual liability means both a member and their spouse or partner would be required to pay a rent and utilities contribution under this Part. The Commonwealth only requires the rent and utilities contribution from the member who receives the overseas living allowances.
See: Part 2 Division 2 section 15.2.13, Dual entitlement
These conditions apply to a member who lives in.
A member may be reimbursed any costs that the member incurs for living-in accommodation.
The member must pay a contribution to the Commonwealth for rent and utilities. The amount is the weekly rate in column 3 of this table for the member's rank in column 2.
|Item||Description of member||Contribution AUD
|1.||Corporal or lower||10.00|
|2.||Sergeant or higher non-commissioned rank||20.00|
The member is not required to pay a rent and utilities contribution if all these conditions are met.
The member's spouse or partner normally lives with the member.
The member is required to be unaccompanied at the post.
The requirement is due to hardship, safety or the length of the long-term posting.
Examples: The spouse or partner might not be allowed to accompany the member for any of these reasons.
The posting period is less than 12 months.
The posting location is deemed unsafe for dependants.
Sometimes, a member's spouse or partner may be absent from the member's posting location. When this happens, the CDF may waive the rent and utilities contribution for a period. Approval may only be given if the CDF is satisfied that the absence is for a maximum period of time and reason shown in this table.
|Item||Period of absence||Reason for absence|
|1.||13 weeks||The member's spouse or partner has delayed their departure to allow the member's child to finish a school term or year at the school that the child attended immediately before the posting.|
|2.||9 weeks||Any of these reasons.
A rent and utilities contribution is not payable following the death of a member.
See: Part 9, Death overseas of member or dependant
Persons who can make the decision under subsection 188.8.131.52 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
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.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.