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Storage of furniture and effects

You may get your furniture and effects stored at Defence expense.

Who can get furniture and effects stored at Defence expense?

You may get your furniture and effects stored at Defence expense if you are a member of the:

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

How long can I get storage of furniture and effects at Defence expense?

You may get storage at Defence expense for up to 3 years from the date you first put your furniture and effects into storage.

Member with dependants

When can I put my furniture and effects into storage at Defence expense?

If you get a removal at Defence expense, you may put your furniture and effects into storage at Defence expense.

You may put all or some of your furniture and effects into storage. This depends on whether:

  • a residence is available
  • the residence is furnished
  • the residence is partly furnished
  • the residence is unfurnished, or
  • the residence doesn't fit all your furniture and effects.

When you're posted you may have furniture and effects in storage at Defence expense. You can leave them there if you don't need them.

When can't I get my furniture and effects stored at Defence expense?

You can’t get your furniture and effects stored at Defence expense if you reject the offer of a suitable Service residence. You also can’t get temporary accommodation allowance or rent allowance.

You won't get storage at Defence expense for items not yet in storage if you:

  • live in suitable accommodation
  • aren't eligible for a removal in your posting location, and
  • move at your own expense to alternate accommodation in the same location.

You also won’t get storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense if you:

  • choose to live out, and
  • aren’t eligible for rent allowance.

What can I put into storage?

How much of your furniture and effects goes into storage depends on the size of the house you’re eligible for. You may be able to store items:

  • in your residence
  • in storage at Defence expense, or
  • in storage at your own expense.

You may put some items into storage at Defence expense if there are items already built into:

  • the residence, or
  • your own home.

You may put furniture and effects into storage at Defence expense if you:

  • have a removal between residences in your posting location, or
  • are moving into an inner-city residence and you can't fit everything.

Member with dependants (unaccompanied)

What can I put into storage when I’m deployed?

You may put your furniture and effects into storage at Defence expense if you:

  • are a member with dependants (unaccompanied)
  • are deployed for six months or longer, and
  • either choose to or have to move out of your Service residence, living-in or rent allowance accommodation.

You may put the following items into storage at Defence expense:

  • furniture and effects until you're rehoused after deployment, and
  • a vehicle and towable item while you're deployed.

When can’t I get storage at Defence expense?

You can’t get storage at Defence expense if:

  • your vehicle or towable item can be stored on base, or
  • you claimed loss of sale for the vehicle or towable item.

Member without dependants

What can I put into storage?

You may get a removal at Defence expense.

You may be posted to:

  • a seagoing ship, or
  • an aircraft squadron where you’re likely to serve on a seagoing ship.

If your furniture and effects don’t fit into your accommodation, you may get storage at Defence expense. How much of your furniture and effects goes into storage depends on the size of the house you’re eligible for. You may be able to store items:

  • in your rental residence
  • in storage at Defence expense, or
  • in storage at your own expense.

You may put some items into storage at Defence expense if there are items already built into the residence you have chosen to rent.

You may get storage of some or all of your furniture and effects at Defence expense if you:

  • choose to or have to live out and you get rental allowance
  • choose to or have to live out and get rental allowance; then circumstances change and you have to live in, or
  • live in and have to move to other living-in accommodation.

You may put your furniture and effects into temporary storage if you're:

  • waiting for suitable living-in accommodation, or
  • looking for living-out accommodation.

You may get temporary storage as long as you get temporary accommodation allowance.

What can I put into storage when I’m deployed?

You may put your furniture and effects into storage at Defence expense if you:

  • are a member without dependants
  • are deployed for six months or longer, and
  • either choose to or have to move out of your accommodation.

If you are deployed for 6 months or longer, you may put for the following items into storage at Defence expense:

  • furniture and effects until you're rehoused after deployment, and
  • a vehicle and towable item while you're deployed.

When can’t I get storage at Defence expense?

You can’t get storage at Defence expense if:

  • your vehicle and towable item can be stored on base, or
  • you claimed loss of sale for a vehicle or towable item.

You can't get long term storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense if you:

  • choose to live out and don’t get rent allowance, or
  • choose to live out and then choose to live in.

Newly enlisted member

What can I put into storage as a newly enlisted member?

You may not get a removal as a newly enlisted member. You won't usually get storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense.

If you do get storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense, this stops once you become eligible for a removal.

All members

Can I get storage for a statutory officer's official Defence vehicle?

Your primary duty may be to drive an official Defence vehicle on a regular basis for the CDF, VCDF or Service Chiefs.

If you have less than 3 garage spaces at your residence, you may store 1 vehicle at Defence expense. You can then use the vacant space for the Defence vehicle.

You can’t keep a Defence vehicle at your residence if:

  • it doesn't have enough garage space for the Defence vehicle and up to 2 other vehicles, or
  • it isn't secure.

What happens if I'm living in my suitable own home at the posting location?

If you live in your suitable own home at the posting location, you won't usually get storage at Defence expense.

You may put some items into storage at Defence expense if there are items already built into your own home.

What happens if I have items in storage at a personal location at my own expense?

You may have items in storage at a personal location. You may leave the items in storage if:

  • you are paying for storage, or
  • your next posting would mean you get storage at Defence expense.

The Defence removalist may remove the items to their own store.

What happens if my removal is deferred?

Your removal may be deferred until after your posting date. You may continue to store your furniture and effects at Defence expense until either the:

  • removal date
  • date you may get a new removal benefit, or
  • date you cease continuous full-time service.

If your removal date is deferred because you're now a member with dependants (unaccompanied), you may continue to get storage at Defence expense.

What happens when I cease continuous full-time service?

You may get a removal of items to the Defence removalist's store if:

  • you are eligible for a removal after ceasing continuous full-time service, and
  • there is no suitable residence available.

You must cover all storage charges and insurance costs from when your furniture and effects go into storage.

You may have items already in storage at Defence expense. These can stay in storage at Defence expense either until:

  • a residence is available, or
  • you cease continuous full-time service.

You may get a removal of your stored furniture and effects to your new residence at Defence expense within 12 months of ceasing continuous full-time service.

If your removal timeframe has been extended, you may get a removal from storage at Defence expense.

If your furniture and effects are no longer stored at Defence expense, they’re no longer covered by insurance. You may wish to take out insurance.

What happens to the storage of my furniture and effects if I die?

If you’re a member of the Permanent Forces and you die, your dependants may get a removal and/or storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense.

Your furniture and effects may be:

  • stored at the Defence removalist's store in your final posting location
  • removed to your last permanent residence at the time of enlistment or appointment
  • removed to any other location in Australia, or
  • removed to any overseas country (if you were enlisted or appointed there).

If you’re a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service and you die, your dependants may get a removal and/or storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense.

The furniture and effects may be removed to:

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

Your dependants may get storage at Defence expense for up to 6 months from when you die.

If your furniture and effects are no longer stored at Defence expense, they are no longer covered by insurance. Your dependants may wish to take out insurance.

If your dependants buy furniture and effects after you die, they won't get a removal, storage or insurance at Defence expense for those items.

What happens if I need furniture and effects that are in storage?

Your furniture and effects may be in storage at Defence expense after a removal. You may need some items from storage. You must pay for the removal to and from storage in between any removals at Defence expense.

You may get a removal of these items at Defence expense if:

  • you couldn't have predicted that you'd need the items, or
  • you put some items in storage because they don't fit in your residence.

You can't store any new items you buy during your posting at Defence expense. You can include these items with your furniture and effects in your next removal.

When you're posted you may have furniture and effects in storage that you pay for. You may get storage at Defence expense from your posting date if you:

  • get storage for the new posting, and
  • are still eligible for storage at Defence expense.

When can I get a removal from storage at Defence expense?

You may get a removal of furniture and effects from storage when you're posted for at least 6 months after your removal date.

You may get removal from storage to a different residence if you have less than 6 months to serve in your posting. This depends on:

  • what furniture and effects you need to live in the accommodation, and
  • whether the removal is cost-effective.

What happens if the storage of my furniture and effects at Defence expense is under review?

You'll get written notice when the storage of your furniture and effects at Defence expense is under review. Once you get this notice you may:

  • ask for your furniture and effects to stay in storage at Defence expense, or
  • remove the furniture and effects to your residence at Defence expense.

Your request for extra time in storage at Defence expense may be:

  • approved for up to another 3 years, or
  • refused.

If your furniture and effects will no longer be stored at Defence expense, you can:

  • pay for storage yourself, or
  • remove the furniture and effects to your residence at Defence expense.

If your furniture and effects are no longer stored at Defence expense, they’re no longer covered by insurance. You may wish to take out insurance.

More information about storage of furniture and effects can be found in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7.


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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