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ADF Member's Guide

Vehicle removal

You may remove private vehicles at Defence expense. This includes towable items and recreational or hobby vehicles.

Who can get a vehicle removal?

You may get a vehicle removal if you are a member of the:

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

How many vehicles and towable items can I get removed at Defence expense?

You may get 2 vehicles and 2 towable items removed at Defence expense on each posting occasion.

This also applies if you are a member with dependants and your spouse or partner is a member.

When can I get my private vehicle removed at Defence expense?

You may get your private vehicle removed at Defence expense if:

  • you or your dependant own the vehicle
  • you or your dependant is authorised to travel at Defence expense, and
  • the vehicle is registered and roadworthy.

Other conditions which must be met include:

  • road conditions along the destination route are likely to damage the vehicle
  • no-one can drive the vehicle due to illness, lack of a competent driver, or a similar reason
  • the journey includes a sea crossing, or
  • you have to travel more than a specified distance:
    • 1,288 km in a car or truck
    • 483 km on a motorcycle (including sidecar), or
    • 322 km on a motor scooter.

Your vehicle removal may be by road, rail or sea. It must be the most cost-effective way within the required time frame.

It may be transported over part or all of the journey.

If you drive a private vehicle to the new posting location, you may get vehicle allowance.

When can I get my towable items removed at Defence expense?

You may get 2 towable items removed at Defence expense on each posting occasion. If the towable item can be transported as freight, it may be removed at Defence expense. You may also get a removal at Defence expense if you move within the same location.

You can remove:

  • 2 towable items, or
  • a recreational or hobby vehicle and one other towable item.

You may get a towable item removed at Defence expense if:

  • your private vehicle is being removed at Defence expense
  • you may get your private vehicle removed, but choose not to, or
  • you own 2 towable items and tow the one that would cost the most to remove.

If you tow the item using your private vehicle, you may get vehicle allowance and additional travelling time.

Can I get a recreational or hobby vehicle removed at Defence expense?

You may get a recreational or hobby vehicle removed at Defence expense. Your recreational or hobby vehicle and trailer are consider one towable item.

If you want to move the recreational or hobby vehicle and trailer, it:

  • must be moveable as a single unit, and
  • can be removed by normal vehicle transport.

What should your decision-maker consider?

Your decision-maker will decide if the vehicle is a recreational or hobby vehicle. They should consider if:

  • you bought the vehicle for recreational purposes
  • you are a member of a relevant club or association
  • the vehicle under restoration can be moved as a single unit, and
  • if you show an active interest in restoring the vehicle, including:
    • how much time you've spent restoring it
    • how much it has been restored, or
    • whether you bought special tools for the restoration.

Where do I drop off and collect my private vehicle or towable item?

If it is practical, your vehicle delivery will be door-to-door.

If access to your private vehicle is restricted, you must arrange to deliver or pick up your vehicle from the agency's depot.

You may get a refund for delivery or collection of the vehicle. This may include costs for:

  • the storage of fuel tanks
  • unavoidable storage charges, and
  • fares to and from the depot by the most economical means.

More information about vehicle removal can be found in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 5.


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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