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Division 5: Navy – Marine Technical and Electronics Technical (sailors)

3.5.38 Purpose

This Division provides a retention bonus for sailors in the Navy Marine Technical and Electronics Technical employment categories in the Navy. The payment is designed to encourage members to stay in these categories and to assist them to gain further qualifications.

3.5.39 Effective service

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

    1. It is continuous full time service.

    2. Note: In the total workforce model, continuous full-time service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and on Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

    3. It is paid.

      Exception: Unpaid leave of less than 21 calendar days.

    4. It is not ineffective service under subsections 2 or 3.

  2. Leave or other events may not be effective service. This table shows what events will have an effect.

    Effect on service
    Item Activity Effect
    1. Part time leave without pay The unpaid component of a part-time leave without pay working pattern does not count as effective service.
    2. Leave at full pay
    Examples: Recreation leave, full pay long service leave

    The whole period is effective service.

    3. Unpaid leave for less than 21 calendar days
    Exception: Leave without pay (flexible service determination)
    Examples: Leave without pay for less than 21 calendar days, maternity leave without pay for less than 21 calendar days
    3A. Leave without pay (flexible service determination) The whole period is not effective service.
    4. Unpaid leave for 21 calendar days or more
    Examples: Leave without pay, maternity leave without pay

    The whole period does not count as effective service.

    5. Absence without leave
    6. Imprisonment, detention or suspension from duty without pay
    7. Leave at half pay
    Example: Long service leave at half pay
    Half the period of the leave counts as effective service.
    8. An undertaking for further service, under the Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991.

    The whole period does not count as effective service.

    9. A period when the member was discharging another undertaking for further service.
    Exception: An undertaking for further service associated with a promotion.
    10. A period when the member was discharging another return of service obligation, and Item 11 of this table does not apply.
    11. A period when the member is discharging a return of service obligation, that is associated with relevant training.
    In this table, relevant training means professional or trade training that is directly relevant to the member's occupation.

    For this member, these periods are effective service.

    1. The period of the training.

    2. The period of the return of service obligation.

  3. Periods that are not effective service do not count towards the period the member has agreed to serve under this Division.

    Example: A member agrees to serve for one year. The member has an undertaking for further service to repay, which has seven months to run. The member serves the undertaking first, and then begins to serve under the scheme. It takes the member one year and seven months to serve a one year commitment.

  4. Events in items 8, 9, 10 of the table in subsection 2 must be served before an undertaking to serve under this Division.

3.5.40 Members this Division applies to

This Division applies to members who meet all these conditions.

  1. They have completed the initial minimum period of service (IMPS). This is defined in etermination 12A, made by the Chief of Navy under sub-regulations 90(6), 90(7), 91(2), 97(3), 97(6) and 98(2) of the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.

    Related Information: The initial minimum period of service is defined in Chapter 1 paragraph 1.11 of the Military Personnel Policy Manual.

  2. They hold any of the ranks listed for an employment category in this table.

    Rank and category
    Item Rank Category
    1. Warrant Officer

    Electronics Technical

    2. Chief Petty Officer
    3. Petty Officer
    4. Warrant Officer

    Marine Technical

    5. Chief Petty Officer
    6. Petty Officer
    7. Leading Seaman
    8. Able Seaman
  3. They are entitled to salary for a pay category described as Marine Technical or Electronics Technical in Schedule B.11 Part 1 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    See: Part 1 Schedule B.11, Other Rank pay grades

3.5.41 Members this Division does not apply to

This Division does not apply to a member who is in any of these situations.

  1. They are serving an initial minimum period of service.

  2. They are commissioned as an officer.

  3. They are receiving a completion bonus under Division 4.

    Related Information: Division 4, Navy – Electronics Technical (junior sailor)

3.5.42 Bonus offers

  1. The CDF may offer a retention bonus to an eligible member.

  2. The offer must be made in the form at Annex 3.5.E, Part A.

  3. The offer may be for a year, or for a lesser period.

  4. Offers under subsection 1 may be made more than once.

    Example: The CDF offers a member a bonus for a retention period to start November 2005. Later the CDF offers the same member another bonus for a second retention period, to start 1 November 2006.

Persons who can make the decision unser subsection 3.5.42.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency

3.5.43 Acceptance

  1. The member may accept an offer by taking all of the following actions.

    1. Signing the form at Annex 3.5.E, Part B, within one of these periods.

      1. Four weeks after receiving the offer.

      2. If the member is deployed, six months after receiving the offer.

    2. Electing how the benefit is to be paid, using the form at Annex 3.5.J.

      See: Annex 3.5.J, Bonus payment election

    3. Providing the signed form to CDF.

  2. If the member accepts, the member is taken to have accepted the offer on the date the offer is made.

  3. In accepting the offer, the member is agreeing to serve as an eligible member under this Division.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 3.5.43.1.c on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency

3.5.44 Entitlement to retention bonus

  1. A member who accepts an offer is entitled to a retention bonus.

  2. The retention bonus has these features.

    1. The member is entitled to an amount of bonus when the member accepts the offer.

    2. The amount of the bonus depends on the rank and level of qualification held by the member.

    3. The amount of the bonus depends on whether the offer is for a full year, or for a part year.

  3. This subsection applies when a member has been offered a full year of bonus. The amounts of retention bonus the member is entitled to are set out in this table.

    Amounts of bonus
    Item A member who is... and who... is entitled to...
    1. an Able Seaman Marine Technical

    holds either of these qualifications:

    1. Marine Systems Controller Certificate (MSC) (reference P100593)

    2. Machinery Watchkeeping Certificate (MWC) (reference P001446)

    $5,000 a year.
    2. a Leading Seaman Marine Technical
    3. a Petty Officer Marine Technical
    4. a Petty Officer Electronics Technical does not hold Electronics Technical Certificate of Competence (reference P001875)

    $7,500 a year.

    5. an Able Seaman Marine Technical

    holds either of these qualifications:

    1. Marine Systems Manager (MSM) Certificate (reference P100594)

    2. Engine Room Watchkeeping Certificate Common (ERWC) (reference P001321)

    6. a Leading Seaman Marine Technical
    7. a Petty Officer Marine Technical
    8. a Petty Officer Marine Technical holds Marine Technical Charge Certificate (reference P001877)

    $10,000 a year.

    9. a Petty Officer Electronics Technical

    meets either of these conditions:

    1. the member has seniority of 30 March 2001 or later

    2. the member holds Electronics Technical Certificate of Competence (reference P001875)

    10. a Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technical

    ...

    11. a Warrant Officer Electronics Technical
    12. a Chief Petty Officer Marine Technical
    13. a Warrant Officer Marine Technical
  4. This subsection applies when a member has been offered a bonus for a part year. The member's retention bonus is worked out under this table.

    Part payment calculation
    Step Action
    1. Work out the number of calendar days in the offer period.
    2. Divide the outcome of Step 1 by 365.
    3. Find the bonus the member would have been paid, had they been offered a bonus for a full year. (See: Subsection 3)
    4. Multiply the outcomes of Step 2 and Step 3.
    5. The member may be paid the outcome of Step 4.

    Example:

    A Chief Petty Officer Marine Technical is offered a bonus for the period from 13 December 2006 to 31 October 2007.

    Step 1 = 323 days

    Step 2 = 323/365 = 0.884931

    Step 3 = $10,000

    Step 4 = $8,849.31

    The member may be paid $8,849.31.

3.5.45 Advance in qualification level

  1. A member may gain a higher qualification during a year for which they have made an undertaking.

  2. If that qualification would place the member in a different item under the table in subsection 3.5.44.3, the member is entitled to an additional amount of bonus for the rest of the year.

  3. The bonus is worked out under this table.

    Bonus calculation
    Step Action
    1.

    Work out the number of calendar days in this period.

    1. The period starts on the first day of the period of the member's current offer.

    2. The period ends on the day before the member gained the qualification.

    2. Subtract any periods of ineffective service in that period.
    See: Section 3.5.39, Effective service
    3. Subtract the outcome of Step 2 from the number of calendar days in the period of the member's current offer.
    4. Divide the outcome of Step 3 by the number of calendar days of the period of the member's current offer.

    5.

    Work out the difference between these amounts.

    1. The retention bonus amount the member was last paid.

    2. The amount of the retention bonus that would apply for the member's new qualification. This amount can be found in the table in subsection 3.5.44.3.

    Exception: If the member is serving a part year of service, and was paid a part bonus, the amount for the member's new qualification should be adjusted using the method in subsection 3.5.44.4.

    6. Multiply the outcomes of Step 4 and Step 5.
    7. The member may be paid the outcome of Step 6.

    Example: A member joins the scheme with a Marine Systems Controller Certificate on 1 November 2005. The member is paid a $5,000 bonus. The member joins the scheme for a full year.

    On 1 June 2006 the member qualifies as Marine Systems Manager. The member had no days that were not effective service between 1 November 2005 and 1 June 2006.

    The member's bonus is worked out as follows.

    Calculation example
    Step Action
    1. There are 212 days between 1 November 2005 and 31 May 2006.
    2. The member had no ineffective service between 1 November 2005 and 31 May 2006.
    3. There are 365 days in the member's current period of offer. 365 – 212 = 153
    4. 153/365 = 0.41918
    5. As a member with a Marine Systems Controller Certificate, the member was paid a $5,000 bonus. A Marine Systems Manager earns a $7,500 bonus.
    The difference between them is $2,500.
    6. 0.41918 x $2,500 = $1,229.50
    7. The member may be paid $1,229.50.
  4. The member may use the form at Part C of Annex 3.5.E to seek an adjustment under this section.

3.5.46 End of entitlement to bonus

The member's entitlement to a bonus under this Division ends when they meet any of these conditions.

  1. They stop serving in a pay category described as Marine Technical or Electronics Technical (sailors) in Schedule B.11 Part 1 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

  2. They are commissioned as an officer.

See: Schedule B.11, Other Rank pay grades

3.5.47 Retention bonus repayment

  1. This section applies to a member who takes one of these actions.

    1. The member stops serving in a pay category described as Marine Technical or Electronics Technical in Part 1 of Schedule B.11 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    2. The member leaves the ADF.

    Exceptions: Section 3.5.48, Member not required to repay

    See: Schedule B.11 Part 1, Other rank pay grades

  2. The member must repay a part payment of their retention bonus. This table shows how it is worked out.

    Part payment calculation
    Step Action
    1. Work out the number of calendar days in this period.
    1. The period starts on the first day of the period of the member's current offer.

    2. The period ends on the day before the member left the ADF or left the Marine Technical or Electronics Technical pay categories.

    2. Subtract any periods of ineffective service in that period.
    See: Section 3.5.39, Effective service
    3. Subtract the outcome of Step 2 from the number of calendar days of the period of the member's current offer.
    4. Divide the outcome of Step 3 by the number of calendar days of the period of the member's current offer.
    5. Multiply the outcome of Step 4 by the amount of retention bonus the member was paid when the member accepted the most recent offer under the scheme.
    Exception: If the member has since been paid a bonus amount under section 3.5.45, Advance in qualification level, multiply the outcome of Step 4 by another amount. This amount is the bonus amount for the member's most recent qualification (see subsection 3.5.44.3), adjusted using the method in subsection 3.5.44.4.
    6.

    The member must repay the outcome of Step 5.

    Example:

    A Warrant Officer Electronics Technical joined the scheme on 1 November 2005, for a full year. On 1 March they leave the ADF. The member had no ineffective service.

    Step 1 – 1 November to 28 February = 120 days

    Step 2 – No ineffective service

    Step 3 – 365 – 120 = 245 days

    Step 4 – 245/365 = 0.671233

    Step 5 – 0.671233 x $10,000 = $6712.33

    Step 5 – The member must repay $6712.33.

    Note: This is a gross amount.

3.5.48 Member not required to repay

A member will not be required to repay an amount if they cannot complete their undertaking for any of these reasons.

  1. They die.

    Note: This means that where a member dies, the member's legal personal representative will not be required to repay the bonus.

  2. They become permanently medically unfit for duty as a member of the Marine Technical or Electronics Technical pay category. This must be for reasons outside the member's control.

  3. They are transferred out of the Marine Technical or Electronics Technical pay category for Service reasons.

  4. They are made redundant or retrenched.