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Division 5: Vehicle removal

6.5.39 Purpose

This Division describes conditions under which vehicles may be removed at Commonwealth expense. This includes towable items and recreational or hobby vehicles.

6.5.40 Removal of vehicle on posting

  1. Subject to this Division, a member is eligible for the removal of two private vehicles at Commonwealth expense on each removal.

  2. This subsection applies to a member with dependants and whose spouse or partner is also a member. The family is eligible for the removal of two private vehicles on each posting occasion.

  3. The member or a dependant will normally drive a private vehicle to remove it to a new location. In these cases, vehicle allowance is payable. The amount paid is subject to the limits set out in Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 3, Authorised travel on removal.

  4. The CDF may authorise transportation of a private vehicle if all of these conditions are met. The transportation may be over all or part of the removal journey.

    1. The vehicle must be owned by the member or one of their dependants.

    2. The member or dependant must be authorised to travel at Commonwealth expense.

    3. The vehicle must be registered and roadworthy.

    4. One of the following conditions must be satisfied.

      1. The vehicle may be damaged if driven because of the conditions of the road or route to the destination.

      2. No-one can drive the vehicle. That may be because the member or their dependants are ill, or there is no competent driver, or a similar reason.

      3. The journey includes a sea crossing.

      4. The distance to be travelled is more than a set amount, shown in this table.

        Travelling distance
        Item If the vehicle is a... then it can be transported if the distance is more than...
        1. car or truck
        1,288 km.
        2. motorcycle (including a sidecar)
        483 km.
        3. motor scooter
        322 km.
  5. A vehicle approved for transportation at Commonwealth expense may be transported by road, rail or sea. The most cost-effective method within the required time frame must be used.

Persons who can make the decision subsection 6.5.40.4 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing


6.5.41 Removal of towable items

  1. A member may get assistance from the Commonwealth to remove two towable items on each posting.

  2. This table sets out the types of assistance that may be provided by the Commonwealth under subsection 1.

    Assistance
    Item If a towable item... the Commonwealth will...
    1. is approved to be transported by freight under section 6.5.42 pay the cost for a Commonwealth removalist to transport the towable item.
    2. is towed by the member's private vehicle provide the member both of the following benefits at Commonwealth expense.
    1. vehicle allowance.
      See: Chapter 9 Part 6, Vehicle allowance
    2. additional travelling time.
      See: Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 1 section 9.6.7, Definition of allowable travel time
  3. The benefit under subsection 1 is limited to either of the following.

    1. Two towable items

      Example: A caravan and a boat.

    2. One recreational or hobby vehicle and one other towable item.

      Example: A vintage car and a boat.

      Note: A recreational or hobby vehicle is classified as a towable item.

      See: Section 6.5.43, Removal of recreational or hobby vehicles

  4. If a member with dependants has a spouse or partner who is also a member, the family is eligible for the removal of two towable items on each posting occasion.

6.5.42 When a towable item may be transported by freight

The Commonwealth will transport a towable item by freight if one of the following criteria is met.

  1. The vehicle the member uses to tow the item is being transported by freight at Commonwealth expense under subsection 6.5.40.4.

  2. The member would be eligible to have their private vehicle transported by freight under subsection 6.5.40.4, but decides not to do so.

  3. If a member owns two towable items and tows the one that would cost the most to freight.

    Example: A member has a boat and a caravan. The cost to freight the boat is $450. The cost to freight the caravan is $550. The member will tow the caravan with their private vehicle and the Commonwealth will pay to transport the boat.

Note: The transportation may be over all or part of the removal journey.

6.5.43 Removal of recreational or hobby vehicles

  1. A member may wish to have a recreational or hobby vehicle removed.

  2. The CDF may decide that a vehicle is a recreational or hobby vehicle. The CDF must have regard to all these criteria.

    1. If the member bought the vehicle to use it for recreational purposes.

      Example: A member would not have this intention if they bought the vehicle for business use.

    2. If the member is a member of relevant clubs and associations.

    3. If a recreational or hobby vehicle under restoration can be moved as a single unit.

    4. If the member has an active interest in restoring the vehicle. This may be indicated by these factors.

      1. The make and model of the vehicle.

      2. The date of acquisition.

      3. The vehicle's state of restoration.

      4. The time the member has spent restoring the vehicle.

      5. The expected completion date of restoration of the vehicle.

      6. The final cost of restoration.

      7. Whether the member owns special tools or equipment bought solely for restoration.

  3. A recreational or hobby vehicle and (if applicable) its trailer are one towable item for the purposes of section 6.5.41.

  4. If the recreational or hobby vehicle and (if applicable) its trailer are to be transported, they must meet both of these criteria.

    1. They must be moveable as a single unit.

    2. They must be capable of being freighted by the normal commercial means for freighting motor vehicles and similar items.

Persons who can make the decision subsection 6.5.43.2 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is:
  • Overseas Administration Team Leader
  • Pay and Administration Manager Specialist
  • Civilian and Overseas Pay and Administration Centre Manager
  • Director Pay and Administration Centre
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing


6.5.44 Collection and delivery of transported vehicles

  1. Vehicle collection and delivery will be door-to-door if practical.

  2. A transporting agent may be unable to pick up or deliver a vehicle because access to it is restricted or the member or their representative is unavailable. If so, the member must arrange for the vehicle to be delivered to or picked up from the agency's depot.

  3. If the CDF decides that the costs are reasonable, a member is eligible for the reimbursement of their costs for delivering a vehicle to the transporting agency's depot, or collecting one from it.

    Example: The costs could include the following.

    1. Drainage of fuel tanks.
    2. Unavoidable storage charges.
    3. Fares for the most economical means to and from the depot.

Persons who can make the decision subsection 6.5.44.3 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

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




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