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Division 7: Army – High Readiness Reserve completion bonus

3.5.53 Purpose

This Division provides a completion bonus for members in the High Readiness Active Reserve. The payment is designed to meet these purposes.

  1. To encourage members to stay in the High Readiness Active Reserve in the Army.

  2. To acknowledge increased needs for members to be ready and committed.

3.5.54 Definitions

In this Division, High Readiness Active Reserve has the meaning given in regulation 5 of the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.

3.5.55 Members this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member who meets both the following conditions.

  1. They are a member of the High Readiness Active Reserve in the Army.

  2. They have agreed in writing to perform the requirements of the High Readiness Active Reserve, in accordance with administrative instructions made under section 10 of the Defence Act 1903.

    See: Defence Instruction (Army) Personnel 79-6, Management of the Army High Readiness Reserve

3.5.56 Completion bonus

  1. A member who meets both the following conditions is entitled to a $10,000 completion bonus.

    1. The member has been a member of the High Readiness Active Reserve for the following period that is relevant to the member's circumstances.

      1. Two continuous years.

        Example: 1 August 2006 to 31 July 2008

      2. Two continuous years, including any period of continuous full-time service described under item 2 of the following table.

        Relevant period
        Item If the member was on continuous full-time service and was... then the period...
        1. a member of the Regular Army
        Authority: section 19 of the Defence Act 1903
        breaks continuity.
        A member who returns to the High Readiness Active Reserve after leaving the Regular Army must start a fresh two year period to be eligible for the bonus.
        2. a member of the Army Reserve
        Authority: section 19 of the Defence Act 1903
        does not break continuity.
        The period of continuous full-time service can be counted towards the two continuous years.
      3. If the CDF has granted the member an extension of time longer than the two years to complete the undertakings in the agreement made under paragraph 3.5.56.b, that extended period.

        See: Defence Instruction (Army) Personnel 79-6, Management of the Army High Readiness Reserve, paragraph 22

        Example: A member joins the High Readiness Active Reserve on 1 July 2006. The member is granted six month's extra to complete the member's undertakings in their agreement. The member has completed two years' service on 30 December 2008.

        Non-example: A member joins the High Readiness Active Reserve on 1 July 2006. The member is transferred to the Active Reserve from 1 January to 30 June 2007. On 1 July 2007 the member starts a new period of service in the High Readiness Active Reserve. The two periods of High Readiness Active Reserve service may not be counted together towards the completion bonus.

      Persons who can make the decision under subparagraph 3.5.56.1.a.iii on behalf of the CDF:
      Member's parent formation commander

    2. The CDF has determined that the member has met all undertakings in the member's High Readiness Reserve Service Agreement.

      Examples: Readiness and training commitments.

    3. Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 3.5.56.1.b on behalf of the CDF:
      Member's parent unit Commanding Officer

  2. A member may be entitled to the completion bonus more than once, for each period that the member qualifies under subsection 1.

    Example: A member joins the High Readiness Specialist Reserve on 1 July 2006. The member qualifies for the completion bonus on 30 June 2008. The member remains in the High Readiness Specialist Reserve, and on 30 June 2010 has qualified for another completion bonus.

3.5.57 Early payment of completion bonus

  1. A member who leaves the ADF in one of the following ways is entitled to a $10,000 completion bonus.

    1. The member dies.

    2. The member ceases service at the end of a fixed term (or fixed tenure) appointment.

    3. The member retires due to reaching compulsory retirement age.

    4. The member's service is terminated due to physical or mental incapacity that is not within the member's power to control.

      Authority: Regulation 85(1)(a), Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.

  2. The CDF may determine that a member who leaves the ADF for a reason not listed in subsection 1 may be paid a $10,000 completion bonus.

    Exceptions: Members who resign or transfer to another category of the Reserves.

  3. In making the determination in subsection 2, the CDF must consider the member's health and family responsibilities.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.5.57.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Personnel – Army

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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Further info

  • Defence Instruction (Army) Personnel 79-6, Management of the Army High Readiness Reserve
    (This document is available on the Defence intranet or through the Defence Service Centre.)

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