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ADF Member's Guide

Become a member with dependants

You may marry or form a de facto relationship and your spouse or partner is recognised for Defence benefit purposes. You may gain a dependant recognised for Defence benefit purposes.

You may get a removal or storage at Defence expense.

When can I get a removal at Defence expense for my dependants?

You may have planned to:

  • marry
  • register your relationship, or
  • apply for ADF recognition of a partnership.

You may be posted before the planned event, registration or recognition happens.

If you want to get a removal for your dependants at Defence expense, you have to provide documents. The documents must prove that before you got your posting authority you had:

  • finished arranging your marriage, or
  • started maintaining a common household.

You can only get one removal for your dependant for the same relationship.

Can I get a removal for my dependants if I haven’t been removed yet?

You may marry or have an ADF recognised partner in your current posting location. You may get a removal for your dependants at Defence expense if this happens:

  • after your new posting authority has been issued, but
  • before you are removed to your new posting.

If your spouse or partner doesn’t move to your posting location, you must repay any removal assistance you got from Defence.

What happens if my spouse or partner is from outside my posting location?

Your spouse or partner is from outside your posting location. Your marriage or relationship is recognised in Australia.

You may be serving:

  • in a seagoing ship
  • in an aircraft squadron where you are likely to serve on a seagoing ship, or
  • in Australia and you marry or have a partnership outside Australia.

You may get a removal at Defence expense if:

  • you expect to serve for at least 12 months after your removal application date
  • you’re on a posting for which you would usually get a removal at Defence expense, and
  • you would get a removal for your spouse or partner if they had already been recognised.

If you marry or have an ADF recognised partnership outside Australia, your partner’s point of entry into Australia is considered the place of marriage.

Where can I get a removal to from outside my posting location?

If you are serving in a seagoing ship, you may get a removal to your:

  • ship’s home port, or
  • home port.

If you are serving in an aircraft squadron where you are likely to serve on a seagoing ship, you may get a removal to your:

  • home port for the ship in which your squadron is embarked
  • airstation where your squadron is based, or
  • home port.

You must make your choice in writing.

What can I get removed at Defence expense?

You may get your furniture and effects removed:

  • from storage and a residence where you lived in your posting location before your marriage or partnership was recognised
  • to a Service residence or a rent allowance residence you’ll live in after your marriage or partnership is recognised.

What can my spouse or partner get removed at Defence expense?

Your spouse or partner may have the following removed at Defence expense:

  • any personal effects, and
  • any presents from the wedding, or
  • any presents from the registered relationship celebration.

Your spouse or partner can’t get their furniture or whitegoods removed at Defence expense.

Can I get a child’s effects removed at Defence expense?

You may get a removal at Defence expense for your spouse’s or partner’s child when you marry or have the partnership recognised.

The child’s effects may be removed at Defence expense if:

  • you are eligible for a removal of your spouse’s or partner’s effects
  • the child is eligible to be included as a dependant for the removal, and
  • the child normally lives with your spouse or partner, and will live with you.

What happens if I can’t get a removal at Defence expense for this posting?

You may not get a removal at Defence expense for your spouse or partner when you first marry or have a relationship recognised.

When you are next posted, you may get a removal at Defence expense for yourself and your spouse or partner.

You can choose where you are removed from if:

  • you got married in Australia and your spouse lives with you, or
  • you have maintained a common household in Australia with your partner, and
  • your partnership has been recognised, and
  • your partner lives with you.

You can choose to be removed from:

  • the place you got married
  • the place where you have your common household with your recognised partner
  • your current posting
  • your home port, or
  • your ship’s home port.

If you got married or had an ADF recognised partnership outside Australia, your partner’s removal will be from the point of entry into Australia.

You may get a removal from any location in Australia. Defence will only cover the cost of a removal from:

  • your posting location when you married or had your relationship recognised, or
  • your home port.

What happens if my home is not suitable for additional dependants?

Your housing may no longer be suitable if you have additional dependants. You may be eligible for a removal to a new house in your posting location. The number of bedrooms you’re eligible for will determine your new house size.

More information about becoming a member with dependants can be found in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 8.


Important information

As the name suggests, this Member's Guide is designed as a guide to help you understand how your pay and conditions work. It is not a legal document. Therefore, if there is any conflict between the Member's Guide and Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of Service (and the Determinations made by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal), as compiled in PACMAN, PACMAN is the authority.

This Member's Guide does not incorporate or make provision for members on a flexible service determination.

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