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Loss on sale of furniture, effects and private vehicles

You may be posted to a new location. If you lose money on the sale of furniture, effects or private vehicles, you may get reimbursed.

What are furniture and effects?

Furniture and effects are all the household items you usually have and use. They can be easily removed.

Who can get reimbursed for loss on the sale of furniture, effects or a private vehicle?

You may get reimbursed for loss on the sale of furniture, effects or a private vehicle if you are a member of the:

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

You may also get reimbursed for loss on the sale of a private vehicle if you are:

  • a former member previously on continuous full-time service, or
  • eligible for removal of a vehicle when you complete your service.

If you die, the legal owner of the vehicle may get reimbursed.

What happens if I lose on the sale of my furniture and effects?

You may choose to sell your furniture and effects instead of removing them at Defence expense. You may get reimbursed for any loss on the sale.

If your spouse, partner or dependant is also a member, only one of you may get reimbursed.

If you die, your dependant may get reimbursed.

How much can I get if I lose on the sale of my furniture and effects?

You can’t get more than it would cost Defence to remove your furniture and effects.

The amount you may get is the difference between:

  • what you get for the sale, and
  • the current market value plus incidental sale costs.

What happens if I store my furniture and effects and then sell them?

You may choose to store your furniture and effects at Defence expense and then sell them.

The cost of storage may be deducted from your reimbursement.

If the storage costs more than the loss on the sale, you don’t have to pay the difference.

You may continue to store your furniture and effects at Defence expense. If this storage costs Defence more than the potential reimbursement, then you don't deduct the cost of the storage.

You may have items in storage at Defence expense. You are posted:

  • to the same location, or
  • for less than six months.

This posting doesn't attract a removal, so you may continue to store your items at Defence expense. You are aware your next posting may include a removal at Defence expense. This posting will happen within 12 months. You choose to sell all your items and not leave them in storage until the next posting.

In this case, you may be reimbursed for loss on the sale of your furniture and effects.

When can I get reimbursed for loss on sale of a private vehicle?

You may get reimbursed if you:

  • own a private vehicle which is eligible for removal at Defence expense in Australia,

or

  • own a private vehicle or towable item, and
  • are a member without dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied), and
  • deploy for six months or more

and

  • choose to leave your Service residence, living-in, or rent assistance accommodation, or
  • have to leave your Service residence, living-in or rent assistance accommodation.

What happens if I lose on the sale of my private vehicle or towable item when I am posted in Australia?

You may choose to sell your private vehicle or towable item instead of having it removed at Defence expense.

If you make a loss, you may be reimbursed.

If your spouse or partner is also a member, only one of you may get reimbursed.

Any reimbursement you may get will be the lesser of:

  • what it would have cost Defence to remove the vehicle or towable item, and
  • the difference between the valuation and the sale price minus incidental costs.

The valuation must be a commercial one.

What happens if I lose on the sale of my private vehicle or towable item when I am deployed?

You may choose to sell your private vehicle if you are deployed. If you make a loss, you may get reimbursed.

You may also get reimbursed for any loss on the sale of one towable item.

Any reimbursement you may get will be the lesser of:

  • what it would have cost Defence to store the vehicle in a commercial storage facility, or
  • the difference between the valuation and the sale price minus incidental costs.

The valuation must be a commercial one.

What should the decision-maker consider?

Your decision-maker has to be satisfied that you have tried to sell the vehicle without a loss. They should consider:

  • when you advertised the sale
  • how widely you advertised the sale
  • how you tried to sell the vehicle, and
  • how much you were offered and accepted.

What happens to my private vehicle if I die?

Your dependant or other person may be legally entitled to own your private vehicle. They may get reimbursed for loss on the sale of your private vehicle if you were on continuous full-time service when you died.

Your dependant or other person may get reimbursed for the cost of transporting your private vehicle. How much they may get depends on whether the vehicle is removed:

  • within your posting location
  • to your last permanent residence when you enlisted or were appointed, or
  • to a specific place if you were enlisted or appointed from outside Australia.

More information about on loss on sale of furniture, effects and private vehicles can be found in Chapter 6 Part 2.


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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