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Division 1: Operational support allowance

17.8.4 Purpose

The purpose of operational support allowance is to compensate APS employees for performing duty in an operational area.

17.8.5 Employee this Part applies to

Operational support allowance applies to an APS employee who meets either of the following conditions.

Note: In the total workforce model, an APS employee may be described as a member in Service category 1.

  1. The employee has received written notice to perform duties for a period in an operational area in support of an ADF operation.

  2. See: Section 17.8.7, Rate of allowance

  3. The employee meets both the following conditions.

    1. The employee has been directed to perform duty with a foreign government in support of Commonwealth goals.

    2. Example: An employee is transferring skills to a foreign government. The skills are needed to help rebuild the foreign country.

    3. The employee is performing duties in an operational area.

17.8.6 Payment of allowance

Employees receive operational support allowance for each day or part of a day they are in either of these situations.

  1. In the operational area.

  2. On leave during their period of duty. This is only received if the leave taken is not greater than the leave credit accrued for the period of duty.

17.8.7 Rate of allowance

  1. The amount of operational support allowance payable for the period of duty is worked out using the rates in the following table.

  2. Operational support allowance
    Item Operation Operational area Allowance rate
    (AUD a day)
    1.

    The ADF contribution deployed overseas to the NATO led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan
    156.84
    2. Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Egypt between the east bank of the Suez Canal and the international boundary between Egypt and Israel established by the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel signed in Washington on 26 March 1979, and an adjoining area extending 5 km into Israel.
    133.26
    3. United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation and United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories Syria
    156.84
    Any of the following.
    1. Egypt
    2. Jordan
    3. Israel
    4. Lebanon
    85.44
    4. United Nations mission in South Sudan South Sudan
    156.84
    5. Maritime operations including counter piracy in the specified area. The seas and superjacent airspace of:
    1. The Arabian Sea;
    2. The Gulf of Aden;
    3. The Gulf of Aqaba;
    4. The Gulf of Oman;
    5. The Gulf of Suez;
    6. The Persian Gulf;
    7. The Red Sea;
    8. The Indian Ocean north of Latitude 15 degrees South and west of Longitude 68 degrees East.
    This includes the ports adjacent and the area within a 10 kilometre radius of each port.
    85.44
    6. Supporting operations in the Gulf States, OPERATION ACCORDIAN The area bounded by the land masses and superjacent airspace of Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
    85.44
    7. ADF operation in support of the whole of government response to the crisis in Iraq Iraq and Syria
    156.84

    Any of the following.

    Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, the Persian Gulf, Cyprus, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, the United Arab Emirates and the land territory of Turkey east of longitude 35° East.

    85.44
    8. ADF operation in support of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Afghanistan
    156.84
    9. Supporting the ADF's understanding of Islamist terrorist threats to Australia and the region Jordan
    85.44
  3. An employee's operational support allowance for a day is reduced by the amount of any of the following benefits they may receive for that day.

    1. Overtime.

    2. Shift penalty payments.

    3. Restriction allowance.

    4. Special entitlements for duty at sea.

17.8.8 Impact on other allowances

While an employee is eligible for operational support allowance, they are not entitled to any of these allowances.

Impact on other allowances
Item Alowance Reference
1. Camping allowance Chapter 13 Part 2 Division 5
2.

Travel costs

Exception: The employee may be entitled to travel costs under Chapter 13 Part 3 in one situation. This is when they are required to pay for their own meals while performing duty overseas in support of an ADF operation.

Chapter 13 Part 3
3. Equipment allowance Chapter 13 Part 3 Division 2
4. Any of the overseas living allowancea Chapter 15 Part 2 and Part 2A
5. Hardship allowance Chapter 16 Part 2
6. Location allowance Chapter 16 part 2A

17.8.9 Additional annual leave

  1. Employees receive additional annual leave for duty in an operational area.

  2. The employee is entitled to an additional 10 days annual leave a year, on a pro rata basis, for duty in the operational area.

  3. The employee also gets 1 day additional annual leave for every 10 days they are entitled to operational support allowance, to a maximum of 10 days additional annual leave per year.

  4. This table shows how to calculate the amount of additional annual leave that an employee is eligible for under this Division.

  5. Additional annual leave
    Step Action
    1. Work out the amount of the employees's benefit in subsection 17.8.9.2.
    2. Work out the amount of the employees's benefit in subsection 17.8.9.3.
    3. Add the outcome of Step 1 and the outcome of Step 2.
    4. The outcome of Step 3 equals the amount of additional annual leave.
    5. This leave is treated on the same basis as if the employee were serving at a hardship location overseas.
  6. This leave is treated on the same basis as if the employee were serving at a hardship location overseas.

Application to Reservists: No.




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