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Removal on posting or deployment

You may get a removal at Defence expense when you're posted or deployed. You may have to pay some of the costs yourself.

Who can get a removal on posting or deployment?

You may get a removal on posting or deployment at Defence expense if you’re a member of the:

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

When can I get a removal on posting?

You may be posted in Australia for 6 months or more. You may get a removal for the furniture and effects you need if you move into:

  • furnished accommodation
  • partly furnished accommodation, or
  • unfurnished accommodation.

If you don’t remove all your furniture and effects, you may store it at Defence expense.

As a member with dependants (unaccompanied), you may get a removal of your furniture and effects at Defence expense. This removal will cover any furniture and effects you need at your new accommodation. If you have more than 6 months to serve in your new posting location, you may get your dependants removed to your new posting location at Defence expense.

When can’t I get a removal on posting?

If you have a resident child carer, their furniture and effects can’t be removed or stored at Defence expense.

Can I get a removal at Defence expense as an ADF gap year member?

You may get a removal at Defence expense as an ADF gap year member if you’re posted for less than 6 months and are eligible for storage.

You may also get a removal if:

  • you’re posted for 6 months or more
  • your removal has been deferred until after your posting date, and
  • you have less than 6 months to serve at the posting.

Can I get a removal at Defence expense if I'm posted to a seagoing ship or Navy aircraft squadron?

You may get a removal of your furniture and effects at Defence expense if you're posted for 6 months or more to a:

  • seagoing ship, or
  • Navy aircraft squadron where you are likely to serve on a seagoing ship.

You may get a removal at Defence expense from your original location to:

  • your ship's home port
  • your home port, if your dependants are removed there
  • your ship's refitting port, or
  • the Navy Aircraft Squadron air station (for Navy Aircraft Squadron members).

You may choose a removal to your ship's home port. The ship then refits at another port for at least 6 months. You may get a removal at Defence expense to the location of the refit. When the refit is finished, you may get a removal at Defence expense back to your ship's home port. You must have at least 6 months left to serve on your ship.

Can I get a removal for a posting to a remote location?

You may get a removal at Defence expense to a remote location. This also applies if you're in the Navy and move to your home port in a remote location.

If you're moving to a furnished service residence or non-service accommodation, you may get a removal at Defence expense for any furniture and effects you need that aren't provided. You may store the rest of your furniture and effects at Defence expense.

If you’re moving to an unfurnished residence, you may get a removal at Defence expense for all your furniture and effects. You may store any furniture and effects you don't need or that don’t fit at Defence expense.

Your furniture and effects may be affected by tropical conditions. Defence won't pay for any damage to furniture you remove or store under tropical conditions.

When can I get a removal between residences in the same posting location?

For reasons beyond your control, you may have to move out of your service residence or rent allowance accommodation. You may get a removal at Defence expense from that accommodation to another residence or to storage in the same location.

You may live in a service residence or rent allowance accommodation. You buy a suitable own home in your posting location. You may get a removal at Defence expense to that home if you will serve in that posting location for 12 months.

You may be approved to post as a member with dependants (unaccompanied). Your dependants may live in a service residence or rent allowance accommodation. They need a suitable own home in their current location. You may get a removal at Defence expense to that home if your dependants will stay at the new home for more than 12 months.

You may have your own home in your posting location, but you don't have to live in it. For reasons beyond your control, you may have to move out of your service residence or rent allowance accommodation. You now want to live in your suitable own home. You may get a removal at Defence expense to that home or put your furniture and effects in storage until it is empty. Then you can get a removal at Defence expense to that home.

For reasons beyond your control, you may have to leave your suitable own home. You may get a removal at Defence expense to storage or to alternative accommodation until your home is repaired. Then you can get a removal at Defence expense back to your home.

You’re a member with dependants (unaccompanied). You have been granted a removal at Defence expense to remove your dependants to your new posting location. You may get a removal from:

  • your accommodation to the new home, or
  • your dependant's home to the new home.

You have to move between residences and you need storage for reasons beyond your control. You may get storage at Defence expense.

When can't I get a removal between residences in the same posting location?

You won't get a removal at Defence expense if you:

  • sell a home at your posting location
  • buy a new home in the same location
  • can't take vacant possession of the new home
  • live in the old home until you can move, and
  • are paid rent allowance while you live in the old home.

Can I get a removal at Defence expense after my posting authority is issued, but before my posting date?

You may get a removal at Defence expense before your posting date if your:

  • posting authority has been issued, and
  • early removal is necessary.

What happens if my posting is changed or cancelled for service reasons after my removal?

You may get a removal at Defence expense for your furniture and effects to your new posting. The posting is then changed or cancelled for service reasons.

If you're on a posting for less than 6 months, you may only get a removal for your effects at Defence expense from the cancelled posting to the actual posting. Your furniture will be stored at Defence expense until the next posting.

If you're on a posting for 6 months or more, you may remove all your furniture and effects to the actual posting location or store them at Defence expense.

What happens if I ask to cancel or change my posting after my removal?

You may ask to cancel or change your posting. If you do this before the removal, Defence may pay the lesser of the costs for a removal to the:

  • changed or cancelled posting location, and
  • alternative posting location.

If you request this after the removal is completed, Defence won't pay for a removal unless there are compassionate reasons.

What happens if my removal is deferred until after my posting date?

Your removal may be deferred until after your posting date.

If you have less than 6 months to serve on the posting, you won't get a removal, unless you're in the ADF gap year program.

If you have at least 6 months to serve on the posting, you may get a removal at Defence expense.

Can I get a refund for removal costs if I move before my posting authority is issued?

You may get a refund for removal costs if:

  • you move your dependants to a personal location for compassionate reasons, and
  • they move before your posting authority is issued.

You may get a refund for removal costs if:

  • your dependant has to move because of illness (you have to have a doctor's written support and Defence Health Service endorsement)
  • there is no suitable accommodation in your current posting location
  • there is no suitable secondary or higher education for your child in your current posting location, or
  • there are other exceptional reasons.

You must provide copies of relevant documents when you apply for a refund.

You may get a refund for the cost of removing furniture and effects to:

  • another location, in anticipation of a long-term posting to that location
  • a location where you're serving less than 12 months. You expect a long-term posting at that location, or
  • a location where you're serving less than 12 months and then to a 2nd location (you expect a long-term posting at the 2nd location).

If your dependants live with you for 6 months or more, you may get a refund for the removal of furniture and effects to the anticipated location. You may get the refund when your official written notice of posting is issued.

You may still get a refund for a removal if your anticipated long-term posting doesn't happen for service reasons.

If you aren't posted for non-service reasons, you must repay any refund you got.

Can I get a refund for removal costs if I'm posted to a location other than the one I anticipated?

You may move to an anticipated location, but then be posted to a different location. You won't usually get a refund for moving to the anticipated location.

If you get a removal for other reasons, you may get a refund for the lesser of the costs from the:

  • original location to the new location, or
  • anticipated location to the new location.

You may get this refund if the cost of a removal from the anticipated location is less than from the original to the new location.

Can I get a removal on deployment?

You may get a removal on deployment at Defence expense if you:

  • are a member without dependants
  • are a member with dependants (unaccompanied)
  • are deployed for 6 months or longer, and
  • either choose to or have to move out of your service residence, living-in, or rent allowance accommodation.

You may remove your furniture and effects at Defence expense to storage at your current posting location.

More information about removal on posting or deployment can be found in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 4.

More information about remote locations can be found in Chapter 5 Part 4 Annex 5.4.A.


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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