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ADF Member's Guide

Disturbance allowance

Disturbance allowance may give you a lump sum payment to help you with some of the costs of removal in Australia.

Who can get disturbance allowance?

You may get disturbance allowance if you are a member of the:

  • Permanent Forces, or
  • Reserves on continuous full-time service.

When can I get disturbance allowance?

You may get disturbance allowance if you:

  • are granted a removal to a new home, or
  • are on or cease continuous full-time service.

You may get disturbance allowance if you:

  • are a member without dependants
  • are a member with dependants, or
  • are a member with dependants (unaccompanied), and
  • have been deployed for six months or longer

and

  • you have chosen to leave your:
    • living-in accommodation
    • surplus service residence
    • Defence Housing Australia accommodation, or
    • rental accommodation.

You may also get disturbance allowance if:

  • you move and your dependants move to the same place later
  • you move on enlistment
  • you return from an overseas posting and your furniture is in storage
  • you die and your dependants move, or
  • your child has to change schools.

If your dependant is also a member and you move at the same time, only one of you may get disturbance allowance.

When can't I get disturbance allowance?

You can't get disturbance allowance if you move:

  • from one living-in accommodation to another in the same establishment, unit or base
  • overseas
  • between two seagoing ships with the same home port, or
  • to another home because the number of dependants has changed.

How much disturbance allowance can I get?

How much disturbance allowance you get depends on your circumstances and how many times you have been removed.

To work out how much you may get, you need to know the number of your current removal. You count how many times you have been eligible for disturbance allowance (in this period of continuous full-time service). This includes the current removal.

If your spouse or partner is also a member and you move together, the number is the greater of the two, including the current removal.

If you die and your dependants get a removal, they may get disturbance allowance.

What else can I get disturbance allowance for?

You may get disturbance allowance for:

  • installing or reconnecting a landline in the accommodation you move into, and/or
  • transferring private vehicle registration to another State or Territory.

What happens if my dependants move later?

If you get a removal without your dependants, you may get disturbance allowance.

Your dependants may get a removal to the same place later. You can’t get more disturbance allowance than if you had all moved together.

What happens if I’m posted overseas?

You may get disturbance allowance for one removal in Australia if you are posted overseas.

More information about disturbance allowance and specific rates can be found in Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 1.


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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