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Part 7: Victoria Cross for Australia representational duties

4.7.1 Purpose

This Part has two purposes.

  1. To recognise and reward the contribution of Victoria Cross for Australia recipients.

  2. To provide a package of benefits for Victoria Cross for Australia recipients to allow them to perform the representational duties associated with the award.

4.7.2 Persons this Part applies to

This Part applies to any of the following persons.

  1. A member who has been awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia.

  2. A member who has been approved to perform escort duties for a Victoria Cross for Australia holder.

  3. The family of a member posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia.

4.7.3 Nominated family of member posthumously awarded

Commonwealth assistance may be provided to the family of a member posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, to attend representational activities. All the following limits apply.

  1. The CDF must decide that it is reasonable in the circumstances for family to represent the Victoria Cross recipient, having regard to the advice of the relevant Service Chief.

  2. The Victoria Cross recipient's family may nominate a maximum of two family members to attend an activity.

    Note: Different family members may be nominated for separate occasions.

  3. Benefits may only be provided up to five years from the date of investiture of the Victoria Cross for Australia.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 4.7.3.a on behalf of the CDF:
Chief of Staff Navy Strategic Command
Chief of Staff Army Headquarters
Director Corporate and Community Relations – Air Force

4.7.4 Expenses related to representational duties

  1. For the purposes of this section the term member also applies to a family member of a posthumously awarded Victoria Cross recipient, who has been nominated under section 4.7.3.

    See: Section 4.7.3, Nominated family of member posthumously awarded

  2. The CDF may approve the payment or reimbursement of costs for the following expenses that are directly related to the member's representational duties.

    1. The purchase of civilian clothing for the member or the member's dependants.

    2. The hire of civilian clothing for the member or the member's dependants.

    3. Laundry and dry cleaning costs.

    4. Babysitting costs for a child who is a dependant, if any of the following are attending a representational activity.

      1. The member and their spouse or partner.

      2. If the member does not have a spouse or partner, the member.

    2A. The CDF must only approve a payment or reimbursement under subsection 2 if satisfied that the costs and the frequency of the payment or reimbursement are reasonable for the member's representational duties.

  3. The CDF may approve any additional costs not listed in subsection 2 that relate directly to the member's representational duties.

  4. The CDF may approve reimbursement of the cost of clothing hire for the escort personnel who must attend representational events with the Victoria Cross for Australia recipient.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 4.7.4.2, subsection 4.7.4.3 and subsection 4.7.4.4 on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding not below MAJ(E) in the member's direct chain of command.
Chief of Staff Navy Strategic Command
Chief of Staff Army Headquarters
Director Co-ordination – Air Force

4.7.5 Business class travel

  1. The CDF may approve travel at Commonwealth expense for the member and their escort for travel to and from Victoria Cross for Australia representational activities.

    See:
    Chapter 9 Part 1 section 9.1.9, Class of travel
    Chapter 13 Part 2 Division 1, Class of air travel

  2. Persons who can make the decision under subsection 4.7.5.1 on behalf of the CDF:
    Chief of Staff Naval Headquarters
    Chief of Staff Army Headquarters
    Director Co-ordination – Air Force

  3. The CDF may approve business class travel at Commonwealth expense for the following people for travel to and from Victoria Cross for Australia representational activities.

    1. The member's spouse or partner.

    2. The member's recognised dependants.

    3. The family of a member posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, nominated under section 4.7.3.

      See: Section 4.7.3, Nominated family of member posthumously awarded

    See:
    Section 4.7.3, Nominated family of member posthumously awarded
    Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 11, Travel for representational purposes
    Chapter 13 Part 2 Division 3, Accompanied travel

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 4.7.5.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Chief of Staff Navy Strategic Command
Chief of Staff Army Headquarters
Director Corporate and Community Relations – Air Force

4.7.6 Travel allowance

Travel costs or travel allowance rates, specified in Annex 9.5.A Part 1, are payable to the member and the following people for travel on Victoria Cross for Australia representational activities.

  1. The member's dependants.

  2. Escort personnel.

  3. Up to two nominated family members of a member posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia.

See:
Section 4.7.3, Nominated family of member posthumously awarded
Chapter 9 Part 5 Annex 9.5.A Part 1, Amounts for accommodation, meals and incidentals
Chapter 13 Part 2, Overseas travel benefits

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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