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ADF Member's Guide

Removal on death of a member

If you die as a member with dependants, your dependants may get a removal at Defence expense. If your spouse or partner is a member, they may also get a removal at Defence expense.

When can my dependants get a removal?

Your dependants may get a removal at Defence expense if you die and you were a member of the:

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

Can my dependants get a removal if I’m a member of the Permanent Forces?

If you were a member of the Permanent Forces, your dependants may get a removal at Defence expense to your and your dependant’s last permanent residence at the time of enlistment or appointment. This may be a removal to:

  • Sydney if you were appointed or enlisted from Norfolk Island
  • the capital city nominated by your dependants if you were appointed or enlisted from any other external territory of Australia, or
  • the port you first entered Australia if you were appointed or enlisted from another country.

Your dependants may get a removal at Defence expense to any other location in Australia if they have established or intend to establish a permanent home there.

Your dependants may get reasonable costs covered for a removal at Defence expense to an overseas country if:

  • your dependants will live there
  • you were enlisted or appointed from another country, or
  • your dependants choose to get a removal before the end of your agreed service period in Australia.

This may include a removal of furniture and effects from storage. It doesn’t matter whether these items were stored at Defence or private expense.

Can my dependants get a removal if I’m a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service?

If you were a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service, your dependants may get a removal at Defence expense to:

  • where they lived with you immediately before you started continuous full-time service (if you were appointed or enlisted in Australia)
  • any other location in Australia (if you were appointed or enlisted in Australia), or
  • to the port where you first entered Australia (if you were appointed or enlisted overseas).

Your dependants won’t get more than it would cost for a removal to your last permanent residence at the time of enlistment or appointment.

Your dependants may get a removal at Defence expense to any other location in Australia if they have established or intend to establish a permanent home there. The decision maker must consider whether:

  • your dependants have extended family in the location
  • your dependants have a property in the location or
  • they had plans to move there before your death.

This may include a removal of furniture and effects from storage. It doesn’t matter whether these items were stored at Defence or private expense.

Your furniture and effects should be removed within 6 months of your death. If your dependants purchase furniture and effects after your death, Defence won’t pay for their removal, storage or insurance.

What happens if I wasn’t living with my dependants when I die?

You may not have been living with your dependants when you die. Your possessions may be removed to whoever legally owns them.

Any items in your dependants possession or in storage may be removed the same way for a member with dependants.

Your furniture and effects should be removed within 6 months of your death. If your dependants purchase furniture and effects after your death, Defence won’t pay for their removal, storage or insurance.

What happens if I’m a member without dependants?

As a member without dependants, you may die while serving in Australia. Your furniture and effects may be removed at Defence expense to whoever legally owns them.

Your furniture and effects may be removed to the Defence removalist’s store. They may be stored for up to 3 months while your estate is administered and the legal owner arranges collection.

More information about removal on death of a member can be found in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 11.


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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