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Division 4A: Specialist Officer – Aviation – increment placement, progression and transfer

3.2.47A Purpose

This Division provides for the increment placement, progression and transfer through the Officer Aviation Pay Structure for a member who is an Air Force Officer Aviation member.

3.2.47B Definitions

The following table provides a list of terms and their meanings that apply in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition
Air Force Officer Aviation member Has the same meaning as prescribed in Part A of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.
Aviation specialist Has the same meaning as prescribed in Part A of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.
Officer Aviation Pay Structure Means the salary structure under Part B Division 3 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.
Relevant military service Means service that meets all of these conditions.
  1. The service was in the ADF or another military force.
  2. The service is relevant to the kind of work that the officer is appointed to do.
  3. The service was performed at a rank equivalent to the rank the officer is appointed to, or at a higher rank.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.2.47B, definition of relevant military service on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition – Air Force
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General – Air Force

3.2.47C Member this Division does not apply to

This Division does not apply to a member who is an Air Force aviation specialist and meets any of the following.

  1. The member’s experience level set out in Column 2 of Annex 3.2.E is higher than the maximum Officer Aviation increment that the aviation specialist would be placed on for their rank, specialist pathway and competency stream.

  2. The member has not reached the maximum aviation specialist experience level set out in their Officer Aviation Remuneration Structure aviation specialist agreement.

  3. The member’s Officer Aviation Remuneration Structure aviation specialist agreement has not expired or been cancelled for Service reasons.

3.2.47D Increment placement – general

  1. An Air Force Officer Aviation member is placed on the minimum increment for the rank to which they were last promoted under paragraph 13(1)(a) of the Defence Regulation 2016 for their rank relevant to their pathway and competency stream when the member becomes an Air Force Officer Aviation member or when an Air Force Officer Aviation member is promoted to a higher rank.

  2. If section 3.2.47K or section 3.2.47N apply, the Air Force Officer Aviation member is placed on an Officer Aviation increment that corresponds to a rate of salary in either of the following schedules in DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, that is equal to or greater than the rate of salary payable to the officer immediately before that day.

    1. For a member of the Permanent Forces – Schedule B.14 Part 3.

    2. For a member of the Reserves – Schedule B.14 Part 4.

    Exception: An Air Force member promoted to the rank of Pilot Officer or Flying Officer.

3.2.47E Increment placement – experience at rank

An Air Force Officer Aviation member is placed on an Officer Aviation increment within their competency stream that corresponds to the number of years’ experience that the member has at that rank.

Exception: If section 3.2.47F applies.

3.2.47F Increment placement – on promotion

  1. If an Air Force Officer Aviation member is promoted, the member is placed on a higher Officer Aviation increment than the minimum if the member has previous service at their new rank or a higher rank.

  2. For the purposes of subsection 1, previous service means any period of service that meets all of the following conditions.

    1. The service was performed by the member at the member’s new rank, or a higher rank.

    2. The service was performed by the member at the standard of competence expected for the member's pathway and competency stream for the new rank, or a higher rank.

    3. The service was performed by the member was for either of the following.

      1. The service was performed at the member's new rank or at a higher rank for a continuous period of 12 months.

      2. The service is relevant military service performed for a cumulative period of at least 12 months and is considered by the CDF as being able to contribute to capability in the ADF.

Persons who can make the decision under subparagraph 3.2.47F.2.c.ii on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition – Air Force
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.47G Increment placement – on rank reduction

  1. If an Air Force Officer Aviation member’s rank is reduced for a reason under paragraph 14(1)(a), (b) or (c) of the Defence Regulation 2016, the CDF may place the member on an Officer Aviation increment of the lower rank for the member’s pathway and competency stream.

  2. CDF must take the following factors into consideration when making a decision under subsection 1.

    1. The member’s previous service at the lower rank.

    2. The member’s relevant service in the higher rank.

    3. The circumstances of the reduction in rank.

  3. If the CDF has reduced the member’s rank under paragraph 14(1)(d) of the Defence Regulation 2016, the member is to be paid the rate of salary that corresponds with the Officer Aviation increment the member held immediately before the reduction in rank.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.2.47G.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition – Air Force
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.47H Increment placement – Air Force member who is an aviation specialist

An Air Force Officer Aviation member who was an Air Force aviation specialist immediately before becoming an Air Force Officer Aviation member is placed in the Officer Aviation Pay Structure as set out in the conversion table at Annex 3.2.E.

Note: Transfer from the Officer Aviation Specialist Structure to the Officer Aviation Pay Structure on the specialist pathway does not affect or change the member’s increment advancement date.

3.2.47I Increment placement – on transfer between pathways and competency streams

  1. This section applies to a member in any of the following circumstances.

    1. The member’s request to transfer pathway or competence has been approved.

    2. The member’s specialist pathway agreement expires.

    3. The Service decides to transfer pathway or competence the member.

  2. If an Air Force Officer Aviation member transfers to a different pathway, the following conditions apply.

    1. If the member’s Officer Aviation increment is at or above the maximum increment permitted by the gaining pathway and relevant competency stream, the member continues to hold their Officer Aviation increment.

    2. If the member’s Officer Aviation increment is above the minimum and below the maximum increment permitted by the gaining pathway and relevant competency stream, the member continues to hold their Officer Aviation increment.

    3. If the member’s Officer Aviation increment is below or equal to the minimum increment for the gaining pathway and relevant competency stream, the member is placed on the minimum increment for the member’s rank, gaining pathway, and competency stream.

    4. Exception: If the CDF has exercised the discretion provided at subsection 3.2.47J.3.

  3. If an Air Force Officer Aviation member transfers to a different competency stream, the following conditions apply.

    1. If the member’s Officer Aviation increment is at or above the maximum increment permitted by the relevant pathway and gaining competency stream, the member continues to hold their Officer Aviation increment.

    2. If the member’s Officer Aviation increment is above the minimum and below the maximum increment permitted by the relevant pathway and gaining competency stream, the member continues to hold their Officer Aviation increment.

    3. If the member’s Officer Aviation increment is below or equal to the minimum increment for the relevant pathway and gaining competency stream, the member is placed on the minimum increment for the member’s rank, pathway, and competency stream.

    4. Exception: If the CDF has exercised the discretion provided at subsection 3.2.47J.4.

3.2.47J Increment placement – CDF discretions

  1. This section does not apply to an Officer Cadet.

  2. The CDF may place a member who is entering the Officer Aviation Pay Structure on an Officer Aviation increment that is between the following.

    1. The minimum Officer Aviation increment for the member’s rank, pathway and competency stream.

    2. The maximum Officer Aviation increment for the member’s rank, pathway and competency stream.

  3. The CDF may place an Air Force Officer Aviation member who meets the conditions at paragraph 3.2.47I.2.c on an Officer Aviation increment that is above the minimum increment for the member’s rank, gaining pathway and competency stream.

  4. The CDF may place an Air Force Officer Aviation member who meets the conditions at paragraph 3.2.47I.3.c on an Officer Aviation increment that is above the minimum increment for the member’s rank, pathway and gaining competency stream.

  5. The CDF must take the following factors into consideration when making a decision under subsections 2, 3 or 4.

    1. The member’s experience, qualifications and skills.

    2. The member’s previous relevant military service.

    3. The Officer Aviation increment the member would otherwise have been placed on in the Officer Aviation Pay Structure.

    4. If an officer is reappointed — whether the qualifications, skills or training requirements for the rank have changed since the member last served.

    5. If a member was reduced in rank — the reason for the reduction in rank.

    6. If a member was reduced in rank and is later promoted to the rank they held previously before the reduction in rank — the periods of the member's service at the higher rank.

    7. Any other matters relevant to the periods of service for increment advancement.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 3.2.47J.2, subsection 3.2.47J.3 and subsection 3.2.47J.4 on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition – Air Force
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.47K Air Force member who is not an aviation specialist – eligibility

An Air Force member who is not an aviation specialist and meets one of the following conditions becomes an Air Force Officer Aviation member the day after the conditions are met.

  1. If a member is in an air traffic control employment category and meets both of the following conditions.

    1. The member has been promoted under paragraph 13(1)(a) of the Defence Regulation 2016 to a rank between Flight Lieutenant and Group Captain, inclusive.

    2. The member has completed their initial minimum period of service.

  2. If a member is not in an air traffic control employment category and meets both of the following conditions.

    1. The member has been promoted under paragraph 13(1)(a) of the Defence Regulation 2016 to a rank between Flight Lieutenant and Group Captain, inclusive.

    2. The member meets the conditions for a relevant item in the table below.

    Air traffic control conditions
    Column 1
    Item
    Column 2
    An officer who is promoted to the rank of...
    Column 3
    and who is paid at this increment in Schedule B.3 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries...
    Column 4
    and is in either of the following relevant pay grades in Part 4 of Schedule B.2 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.
    1. Flight Lieutenant O3 – 5
    1. For legacy employment categories — pay grade 10.
    2. See: Meaning of ‘legacy employment category’ in section A.1.12 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    3. For competency progression employment categories — between pay grade 5 and pay grade 9, inclusive.
    2. Squadron Leader O4 – 2
    3. Wing Commander O5 – 1
    4. Group Captain O6 – 1

    Exception: A member who meets all of the following conditions.

    1. The member is not in an air traffic control employment category.

    2. The member has been promoted from Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader.

    3. The member was paid an increment between O3 – 0 and O3 – 4, inclusive, in Schedule B.3 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, immediately before being promoted to Squadron Leader.

    4. The member is in a competency progression employment category between pay grade 5 and pay grade 9, inclusive, in Part 4 of Schedule B.2 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    See: Subsection 3.2.47D.2, Increment placement – general

  3. If a member in Officer Aviation meets either of the following conditions.

    1. The member is paid at increment O3 – 3 in Schedule B.4 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    2. The member’s rate of salary is administered by table item 1.c, 2.a.ii, or 2.b.ii in section B.2.5 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, and the member’s salary under Schedule B.14, Part 3 or Part 4, of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, that corresponds to the member’s Force, rank, pathway, competency stream and increment would be equal to or greater than the rate of salary than that determined by any of the table items, as adjusted from time to time.

    See: The meaning of ‘Officer Aviation’ is provided at subsection A.1.11.3 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

3.2.47L Increment advancement

  1. An Air Force Officer Aviation member may advance to the next Officer Aviation increment within the member's rank, pathway and competency stream at the end of the advancement period, if all of the following conditions have been met.

    1. The member’s Officer Aviation increment is below the top increment for the member's rank, pathway and competency stream.

    2. The member has carried out their duties at the standard of competence for the member's rank, pathway and competency stream in the year commencing on the later of the following dates.

      1. The day of the member's appointment as an officer.

      2. The day of the member's most recent promotion.

      3. The day of the member's last increment.

    3. The member has completed the advancement period since one of the following events.

      1. The day the member was appointed as an officer.

      2. The day the member was last promoted.

      3. The day the member last received increment advancement.

      4. The day the member transferred to the specialist pathway.

      5. The day the officer completed the advancement period after the latter of paragraph i, ii, iii or iv, but did not meet the condition under paragraph b.

  2. An Air Force Officer Aviation member may not receive more than one increment advancement under this section in any 12 month period.

  3. Note: The transition provisions set out in DFRT Determination No. 3 of 2018, Salaries — Officer Aviation Pay Structure — amendment provides additional rules for increment advancement for some members.

  4. For the purposes of subsection 1, advancement period is any of the following periods of service.

    1. For a member in the Permanent Forces — 12 months of service.

    2. For a member in the Reserves (providing Reserve service and continuous full-time service) — 20 or more days of Reserve service in a 12 month period.

    3. For a member who served in both the Permanent Forces and Reserves in a 12 month period — 20 days of service.

    Note: Any period when the member is on leave without pay or is absent without leave cannot be counted.

  5. For the purposes of subsection 3, a day of Reserve service is calculated based on the proportion of the daily rate the member is paid for the duty under section A.1.5 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

  6. Example: If a member is paid one third of the daily rate under section A.1.5 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries the member has completed one third of a days' Reserve service.

  7. If an Air Force Officer Aviation member does not advance to the next increment as a result of not meeting the condition under paragraph 1.b, the member may be eligible for increment advancement four months from the day on which the officer didn’t advance.

  8. Note: Increment advancement under this subsection does not affect the date a member may be eligible for their next increment advancement under subsection 1.

3.2.47M Transfer to the specialist pathway

If an Air Force Officer Aviation member transfers to the specialist pathway from another pathway in the Air Force Officer Aviation Pay Structure, the member retains their Officer Aviation increment.

Note: The member's increment advancement date will change to the date when the member meets the condition under this section. The member's next increment advancement under section 3.2.47L would be the relevant required period following this date.

3.2.47N Transfer from other salary structures into the Officer Aviation Pay Structure

  1. This subsection applies to an Other Rank member who becomes an Air Force Officer Aviation member and both of the following apply.

    1. The member has been placed on an Officer Aviation increment under this Division.

    2. Unless the rate of salary that the member would have been paid under the Officer Aviation Pay Structure is higher than the member’s current rate of salary, the member continues to be paid that rate of salary until the member’s Officer Aviation increment rate of salary under paragraph a. is equal to or greater than the member’s current rate of salary.

    Exception: An Other Rank member who is directed to act at a higher rank.

    Note: Increment advancement under section 3.2.47L applies.

    To remove doubt, a member is paid the relevant Officer Aviation increment rate of salary until paragraph b. no longer applies.

  2. If a member is transferred from any salary structure to the Air Force Officer Aviation Pay Structure for Service reasons, the member is to be paid a rate of salary determined by subsection 3.2.47D.2.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances approved by the Tribunal.



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