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Part 2A: Location allowance – member posted on or after 1 July 2017

16.2A.1 Purpose

Location allowance assists members and their dependants with the difficult conditions that may be encountered at a hardship location.

16.2A.2 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member who meets one of the following conditions.

  1. They are posted on or after 1 July 2017 to a hardship location.

  2. See: Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.9B for the definition of Member posted on or after 1 July 2017

  3. They are performing a period of short-term duty at a hardship location.

  4. The member is performing duty at a provisional hardship location.

  5. See: Part 1 section 16.1.8, Provisional hardship location

16.2A.3 Member this Part does not apply to

This part does not apply to a member for a period when any of the following conditions apply to the member.

  1. They are not entitled to salary.

  2. They are absent from a hardship location, except as provided in section 16.2A.6.

16.2A.4 Payment of location allowance

  1. This section applies to a member who has performed duty in a hardship location or a provisional hardship location for 28 or more continuous days.

  2. Exception: The CDF may reduce this period to less than 28 days.

    Note: Section 16.1.9 applies.

    See: Section 16.1.9, Criteria for decisions

  3. Subsection 1 applies to each long-term posting overseas or period of short-term duty overseas.

  4. Exception: The member meets both of the following.

    1. The member has satisfied the 28 days period in subsection 1.

    2. The member's long-term posting overseas or short-term duty overseas to a hardship location begins immediately after the period of duty under paragraph a. is satisfied.

  5. The member is paid location allowance from the day they commenced duty in a hardship location or a provisional hardship location.

  6. Subject to subsection 16.2A.6, payment of the allowance ceases on one of the following dates.

    1. For a member on a long-term posting overseas — the date the member's posting period overseas ends.

    2. For a member on a short-term duty overseas — the day the member leaves the location.

    3. For a member performing duty at a provisional hardship location – the earlier of the following dates.

      1. The day the member leaves the location.

      2. The location ceases to be a provisional hardship location.

    See: Subsection 16.2A.6, Absence from location

  7. The dual Commonwealth benefit rule applies to this allowance.

  8. See: Division 1 section 16.1.4, The dual Commonwealth benefit rule

16.2A.5 Rate of allowance

  1. Subject to section 16.2A.7, the member is paid the rate for the grade of the location in which they are performing duty and their status as an unaccompanied or accompanied member. The rates are set out in the following table.

  2. Hardship allowance
    Item Hardship location grade

    Rate (AUD per year)

    Unaccompanied member Accompanied member
    1.
    A
    Nil
    Nil
    2.
    B
    Nil
    Nil
    3.
    C
    14,107
    21,161
    4.
    D
    18,809
    28,214
    5.
    E
    23,512
    35,268
    6.
    F
    28,214
    42,321

    See: Section 16.2A.7, Duty in another hardship location

    Note: Location allowance is subject to income tax.

  3. Location allowance is this paid fortnightly on a pro rata basis using the calculation provided under section 3.2.7.
  4. See: Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 1 section 3.2.7, Administration of salary and allowances

16.2A.6 Absence from location

This table shows the affect on location allowance for periods when the member is temporarily absent from a hardship location or a provisional hardship location for leave or short-term duty overseas.

Allowance payable
Item If a member is... then the allowance... and the allowance recommences...
1. an unaccompanied member remains payable for the first 28 days after the member leaves a hardship location or a provisional hardship location on the first day the member returns to a hardship location.
2. an accompanied member and the member and dependants leave a hardship location or a provisional hardship location remains payable for the first 28 days from the later of the following dates.
  1. The date the member leaves a hardship location or provisional hardship location.

  2. The date the dependants leave a hardship location or provisional hardship location.

on the first day the member or dependants return to a hardship location or provisional hardship location.
3. an accompanied member and the dependants remain in a hardship location or a provisional hardship location remains payable for the period of the member's temporary absence from a hardship location or a provisional hardship location.

16.2A.7 Duty in another hardship location

  1. This section applies to a member who receives location allowance immediately prior to beginning short-term duty ('the member's previous location') in another hardship location.

  2. If the short-term duty location has a higher hardship grade than the member's previous hardship location — the location allowance is payable at the rate for the grade of the location of the short-term duty.

  3. If the short-term duty location has a lower hardship grade than the member's previous hardship location — the location allowance is payable at the rate for the grade of the member's previous hardship location.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.




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