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Division 10 : Army – 1st Recruit Training Battalion recruit instructors scheme

3.5.74 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to offer completion payments to members who are posted and perform the duties of a recruit instructor at 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB).

3.5.75 Definitions used in this Division

The following definitions are used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition
Eligible service This definition is set out in section 3.5.77 of this Division.
See: Section 3.5.77, Eligible service for the purpose of the bonus
Principal Determination Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service
Recruit instructor Means a member posted to an authorised establishment position at 1RTB as a recruit instructor with the employment category number (ECN) 347 and whose primary duties involve instruction of recruits; direct instruction including demonstrations, fault correction, testing of learning objectives (including assessment in one on one situations), retraining and testing.

3.5.76 Member eligible for the recruit instructors scheme

  1. A member is eligible for the recruit instructors scheme if they meet all of the following conditions.

    1. The member is in the Australian Regular Army or Army Reserve on continuous fulltime service.

    2. Note: In the total workforce model, the Australian Regular Army may be said to comprise Army members in Service categories 6 and 7. The Army Reserves on continuous full-time service may be said to comprise Army members in Service categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Service option C.

    3. The member's rank is Lance Corporal, Corporal or Sergeant.

      Note: The definition of rank in Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.63 includes acting rank, this includes temporary and provisional rank but not a period of higher duties.

    4. The member has successfully completed the recruit instructor development course.

    5. The member is posted to and is performing the duties of a recruit instructor.

    6. The member has applied to join the scheme using the form at Annex 3.5.H.

      See: Annex 3.5.H, Army – 1st Recruit Training Battalion recruit instructors scheme

    Note: The member must also complete Annex 3.5.H, Army – 1st Recruit Training Battalion recruit instructors scheme. See section 3.5.81, Administration of payment.

  2. The scheme ceases to apply to members on 9 March 2016. A member who first meets the conditions of eligibility under subclause 1 after 9 March 2016, is not eligible for the scheme.

3.5.77 Eligible service for the purpose of the scheme

  1. For the purpose of this Division, eligible service means a period of service that meets all these conditions

    1. The member is posted to and performing the duties of a recruit instructor.

    2. It is continuous full-time service.

    3. It is not counted as a period of ineligible service under subsection 2.

  2. This table lists a range of leave types and activities and sets out how a period of that leave or activity counts toward member's period of eligible service.

  3. Eligible service
    Item Activity Effect
    Leave and absence
    1. Leave at full pay.
    Exceptions: Long service leave, maternity leave, medical absence.
    Example: Recreation leave.
    The whole period of this leave counts as eligible service.
    2. Part-time leave without pay. The unpaid component does not count as eligible service.
    Specific period Effect
    3. Medical absence. First 28 days of any medical absence. Counts as eligible service.
    Period of absence after 28 days. Does not count as eligible service.
    4. Maternity leave First 28 days of paid maternity leave in relation to a pregnancy. This may be taken in more than one absence.
    Examples: Maternity leave at full pay, maternity leave at half pay
    Counts as eligible service.
    Period of absence after 28 days.
    Examples: Maternity leave at full pay, maternity leave without pay
    Does not count as eligible service.
    5. Parental leave Parental leave at full pay Counts as eligible service.
    Unpaid parental leave. Does not count as eligible service.
    6. Long service leave First 28 days of paid long service leave while serving towards this bonus.
    Examples: Long service leave at full pay, long service leave at alf pay
    Counts as eligible service.
    Other long service leave. Does not count as eligible service.
    Leave and absence
    7. Unpaid leave
    Example: Leave without pay.
    Does not count as eligible service.
    8. Absence without leave.
    Other commitments
    9. A period when the member is serving an undertaking for service for the purpose of another bonus payment under this Part. The period counts as eligible service only toward the earlier undertaking.
    10. An undertaking for further service under Part 8 of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991, as preserved by item 4 of Schedule 4 Defence Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2005. Does not count as eligible service.
    11. A period when the member is serving a return of service obligation for the purpose of the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.
    12. A period when the member is completing an initial minimum period of service for the purpose of the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.
    Not performing employment category duties
    13. A period for which the Commanding Officer 1RTB determines the member is not performing the duties of the employment category for which the bonus was offered.
    Example: The member accepts an offer and goes on an overseas temporary exchange or exercise.
    Does not count as eligible service.
    14. Imprisonment, detention or suspension from duty without pay.
  4. A member who has a period which does not count as eligible service in a financial year may be eligible for a partial payment under section 3.5.79.

    See: Section 3.5.79, Reasons for making a partial payment of the completion payment

3.5.78 Completion payment

  1. This section applies to a member who is eligible under subsection 3.5.76.1.

    See: Section 3.5.76, Member eligible for the recruit instructors scheme

  2. A completion payment of $13,000 is payable to a member at the end of each financial year.

  3. If a member has a period which does not count as eligible service under subsection 3.5.77.2 of they may be eligible for a partial amount of the completion payment under section 3.5.79.

  4. See:
    Subsection 3.5.77.2, Eligible service for the purpose of the scheme
    Section 3.5.79, Reasons for making a partial payment of the completion payment

  5. A member may choose to make a fresh election about how each payment is to be paid, using the form at Annex 3.5.J.

  6. See: Annex 3.5.J, Bonus payment election

3.5.79 Reasons for making a partial payment of the completion payment

A member is to be paid a partial completion payment if they fail to complete a full financial year as a recruit instructor for any of the following reasons.

  1. The member does not complete a full training year in the first or last financial year of being eligible for the scheme.

  2. The member dies.

  3. The member is reduced in rank to Private.

  4. The member is promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2.

  5. The member is commissioned as an officer.

  6. The member is discharged from the Australian Regular Army or transfers to the Inactive or Standby Reserve.

  7. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Inactive or Standby Reserve may be described as a member in Service category 2.

  8. The member opts out of their scheme under this Division in writing to join another scheme under this Part.

  9. The member is transferred or posted from a recruit instructor position.

    Exception: The member is transferred or reposted for disciplinary or performance reasons.

  10. The scheme ceases.

3.5.80 Calculating a partial amount of the completion payment

The following table shows how to calculate a partial amount of the completion payment payable under section 3.5.79.

Calculation of partial payment
Step Action
1. Work out the number of days of eligible service the member has done in a financial year.
2. Divide the bonus payment amount by the number of days in the year.
3. Multiply the outcome of Step 1 by the outcome of Step 2.
4. The member may be paid the outcome of Step 3.

3.5.81 Administration of payment

The member must complete a bonus payment election using the form at Annex 3.5.J.

See: Annex 3.5.J, Bonus payment election