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Division 6: Household help and snow clearing assistance

15.4.26 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to provide a member with financial assistance towards costs incurred at their home as a result of their posting overseas.

15.4.26A ...

15.4.27 Household help – member posted before 1 July 2017

  1. This section applies to a member posted before 1 July 2017.

  2. The CDF may reimburse the member the cost of employing a person to help with household tasks up to a reasonable limit set by the post administrator. The CDF must be satisfied that all of the following are met.

    1. The help enables the member to perform their official duties more effectively and efficiently.

    2. Example: A member is required to attend a ceremony such as local Australia Day celebrations with their spouse or partner, in order to provide an ADF presence. The presence of the couple has been agreed by Head Australian Defence Staff. The member has a young child who will not be attending the event. In this case, the cost of child minding may be reimbursed to the member.

    3. The cost of the help is reasonable having regard to all the following.

      1. The costs normally paid for this help at the posting location.

      2. The general living conditions at the long-term posting location.

      3. The number and age of the member's dependants.

      4. Local social and religious customs or laws.

      5. Any special features of a residence that the Commonwealth provides the member.

    4. The help is not for a task that is required due to normal use and wear on the home.

    5. Example: Carpet cleaning required under a lease.

  3. If the member is already receiving an allowance that includes an amount for payment of a cost that could otherwise be reimbursed under this section, then they must not be reimbursed for that cost under this section.

  4. Example: A member is invited to attend a function with their spouse or partner. The event is not one where the member will be taking an official role. In this instance, the child allowance component of the member's overseas living allowances covers the cost of child minding.

    See: Part 2 Division 4, Child allowance

  5. A member who incurs costs when carrying out representational duties is not eligible to be reimbursed under this section.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.4.27.2 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 who is authorised to manage Defence personnel administration at the overseas post.
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

15.4.28 Snow clearing

  1. The CDF may approve a member to be reimbursed the cost of using commercial snow clearing services. The member must occupy a free-standing residence.

  2. The CDF must consider all the following.

    1. The amount of snowfall at the member's posting location.

    2. The period of the year that snow persists on the ground at the location.

    3. Any legal obligation for the member to clear snow from footpaths and other public thoroughfares adjacent to the member's residence.

    4. The general community practice on snow clearing at the location.

    5. Any other factor relevant to snow clearing at the location.

  3. If approved, the member is eligible to be reimbursed the costs they paid for those services.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.4.28.1 on behalf of the Secretary/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 WO2(E)/APS 5.
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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