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Division 1: Accommodation

7.7.4 Member who is eligible

A Defence Housing Australia decision-maker may offer a member accommodation under this Part if the member meets both these conditions.

See: Section 7.7.3, Definitions, for the Defence Housing Australia decision-makers

  1. They are a member without dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. They are eligible for rent allowance under Part 8 Division 1.

    Note: The member does not receive rent allowance while they occupy accommodation provided under this Part.

    See: Part 8 Division 1, Member eligible for rent allowance

7.7.5 Member not eligible

  1. A member is not eligible to be offered accommodation under this Part if they meet either of the following conditions.

    1. They are not eligible for rent allowance.

    2. They are a member with dependants.

      Exception: They are a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. A member is not eligible for accommodation under this Part if it is reasonable to expect that the member intends to share the home with either of the following people when they are offered the accommodation.

    1. A person who is not a member of the ADF.

    2. A member who is not eligible for rent allowance.

7.7.6 Member ceases to be eligible

A member ceases to be eligible for accommodation under this Part in any of the following situations.

  1. They cease to be eligible for rent allowance under section 7.8.30.

    See: Part 8 Division 5 section 7.8.30, Member moves to other suitable accommodation

  2. A person listed in subsection 7.7.5.2 moves in with the member.

    Exceptions:
    Section 7.7.8, Member becomes a member with dependants
    Division 3 section 7.7.21, How visiting members affect contributions

    See: Subsection 7.7.5.2, Member not eligible

  3. The member ceases continuous full-time service.

    See:
    Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 6, Removal on ceasing continuous full-time service
    Part 8 Division 5 section 7.8.37, Member dies

  4. Note: In the total workforce model, continuous full-time service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

7.7.7 Members sharing accommodation

  1. Members who are eligible for accommodation under this Part may apply to the CDF to share the accommodation.

  2. No more than two eligible members may share accommodation provided under this Part.

    See: Division 3
    Section 7.7.21, How visiting members affect contributions
    Section 7.7.22, Contribution when one member leaves a shared home

Persons who can make the decision under section 7.7.7.1 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:

  • Team Leader in the Housing Contact Centre
  • Regional Housing Specialist in the Regional Office
  • Housing Contact Centre Manager
  • Regional Director in a Regional Office
Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
Director Relocations and Housing

7.7.8 Member becomes a member with dependants

  1. If a member who lives in accommodation provided under this Part chooses to have a partner live with them for the purpose of the recognition of a partnership, the member must take any of the following actions.

    1. Apply to the CDF to allow the partner to live in the accommodation.

    2. Relocate to a Service residence or rent allowance property at the member's own expense.

    3. Apply to the Director Relocations and Housing to exchange the accommodation if the property is no longer suitable.

      See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 8 section 6.5.72, Member's home not suitable for additional dependants

  2. Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 7.7.8.1.a on behalf of the CDF:
    An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:

    • Team Leader in the Housing Contact Centre
    • Regional Housing Specialist in the Regional Office
    • Housing Contact Centre Manager
    • Regional Director in a Regional Office
    Contract Manager Services Agreement
    Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
    Director Relocations and Housing

  3. If a member without dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied) becomes a member with dependants at the posting location, the member must take either of the following courses of action.

    Examples: The member's spouse moves in. The member becomes a guardian to a child.

    1. If the accommodation is suitable for the member and their dependants the member must do either of the following.

      1. Apply to the CDF to allow the dependants to live in the accommodation.

      2. Relocate to a Service residence or rent allowance property at the member's own expense.

    2. If the accommodation is not suitable for the member and their dependants, or if the application under subparagraph a.i is refused, relocate to suitable housing in the posting location.

      See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 8 section 6.5.72, Member's home not suitable for additional dependants

  4. If the member remains in the property with a partner or dependants the member must pay the contribution required under subsection 7.7.14.2 table item 3.

    See: Division 3 subsection 7.7.14.2 table item 3, Contributions for accommodation

  5. If a member is required to relocate to new accommodation under this section, the member has 28 days after the partner or dependants commence living in the accommodation to relocate.

  6. The CDF may approve a request from the member to remain in the accommodation past the 28 days in subsection 4 if the member is having difficulty in finding a suitable Service residence or rent allowance property.

Persons who can make the decisions under subparagraph 7.7.8.2.a.i and subsection 7.7.8.5 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:

  • Regional Housing Specialist in the Regional Office
  • Housing Contact Centre Manager
  • Regional Director in a Regional Office
  • National Housing Manager

Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
Director Relocations and Housing

7.7.9 Storage of furniture and effects

  1. A member who lives in accommodation provided under this Part is eligible for the storage of furniture and effects that cannot be housed in the accommodation.

  2. The storage provisions which apply to the member are provided in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7 section 6.5.53 or subsection 6.5.54.1.

    See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7
    Section 6.5.53, Member with dependants (unaccompanied)
    Subsection 6.5.54.1, table item 1, Member without dependants

7.7.10 Advances and repayments

A member who accepts an offer for accommodation under this Part is not eligible to be paid the benefits provided under Part 8 Division 6.

Exception: The member may be eligible for the benefits under section 7.8.47, Rent paid before member moves in.

See: Part 8 Division 6, Advances and repayments

7.7.11 Effect on accommodation when a member is deployed

  1. This section applies to a member who is deployed for six months or longer.

  2. The member may choose between the following options.

    1. To keep the accommodation provided under this Part for the period of the deployment.

    2. To leave the accommodation provided under this Part.

  3. The choice in subsection 2 must be in writing to the member's Defence Housing Australia Housing Management Centre Manager and made before the member is deployed.

  4. A member who fails to make a choice under subsection 2 is taken to have chosen to keep their accommodation provided under this Part.

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



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