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Division 8: Air Force – High Readiness Reserve completion bonus

3.5.58 Purpose

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

  1. To encourage members to stay in the High Readiness Active Reserve and the High Readiness Specialist Reserve in the Air Force.

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

3.5.59 Definitions

The following definitions apply in this Division.

Definition
Term Definition in this Division
High Readiness Active Reserve

Have the meanings given under regulation 5 of the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.

High Readiness Specialist Reserve

3.5.60 Members this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member in the Air Force who is a member of either the High Readiness Active Reserve or the High Readiness Specialist Reserve.

3.5.61 High Readiness Reserve agreement

  1. The CDF may make an agreement with a member that sets out the member's obligations as a member of the High Readiness Active Reserve or the High Readiness Specialist Reserve.

  2. Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.5.61.1 on behalf of the CDF:
    Member's Commanding Officer

  3. The agreement may include matters such as the following.

    1. The period of the agreement.

    2. The number of days of duty the member is to serve, providing it is no less than the number of days for the member's type of service in the following table.

      Minimum period of service
      Item If the member is in the... the minimum period is...
      1. High Readiness Active Reserve 50 days.
      2. High Readiness Specialist Reserve 7 days.
    3. The level of the following that the member agrees to maintain.

      1. Physical fitness.

      2. Personal weapon proficiency.

      3. Medical fitness.

      4. Dental fitness.

    4. The member's agreement to perform continuous full-time service, if required.

  4. The CDF may grant a member a longer period to meet the obligations in their agreement.

  5. In making the decision in subsection 3, the CDF must consider the following criteria.

    1. Health or childcare issues that may have prevented the member from meeting their obligations.

    2. Service reasons beyond the member's control that prevented the member from meeting their obligations.

    3. Examples: Postponement or cancellation of training that has been agreed.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.5.61.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Executive Officer Directorate of Personnel – Air Force

3.5.62 Completion bonus

  1. A member who meets all the following conditions is entitled to a $5,000 completion bonus.

    1. The member has made an agreement under section 3.5.61 with the CDF.

      See: Section 3.5.61, High Readiness Reserve agreement

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

      1. One continuous year.

      2. One continuous year, including periods of continuous full-time service allowed under the following table.

      3. Example: A member joins the High Readiness Specialist Reserve on 1 July 2006. During September and October 2006 the member was on continuous full-time service. The member has completed one continuous year's service on 30 June 2007.

        Period of continuous full-time service
        Item If the member was on continuous full-time service and was... then the period...
        1. a member of the Permanent Air Force
        Authority: s4B of the Air Force Act 1923
        breaks continuity.
        A member who returns to the High Readiness Active Reserve after leaving the Permanent Air Force must start a fresh one year period to be eligible for the bonus.
        2. a member of the Air Force Reserve
        Authority: s4C of the Air Force Act 1923
        does not break continuity.
        The period of continuous full-time service will be counted towards the one continuous year.
      4. If the CDF has granted the member an extension of time longer than one year to complete the obligations in the agreement made under subsection 5.3.61.3, that extended period.

        Exception: The CDF may not grant an extension longer than a year.

        Example: A member signs an agreement under subsection 5.3.62.2 on 1 December 2006. In that agreement the member undertakes to do trade training. During 2007 that training is cancelled, and the next available course is in February 2008. The CDF grants the member an extension of their time to complete the obligations in their agreement, until the end of February 2008.

    3. The CDF has determined that the member has met all yearly mandatory obligations in the agreement made under section 3.5.61.

      See: Section 3.3.61, High Readiness Reserve agreement

  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 2007. The member remains in the High Readiness Specialist Reserve, and on 30 June 2008 has qualified for another completion bonus.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 3.5.62.1.c on behalf of the CDF:
Member's Commanding Officer

3.5.63 Pro rata payment of completion bonus

  1. A member is to be paid a bonus payment on a pro rata basis if they do not complete the minimum period of effective service for any of the following reasons.

    1. The member transfers to the Permanent Air Force.

    2. The member dies.

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

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

    5. 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.

    6. The member's position is downgraded or disestablished.

  2. The completion bonus in subsection 1 is calculated using the following table.

    Bonus calculation
    Step Action

    1.

    Calculate the number of days in the following period.

    1. The period starts on the later of the following dates.

      1. The date the member met the requirements in section 3.5.62 (This date cannot be before 1 July 2006.)

      2. The date the member was last entitled to a bonus under this Division.

    2. The period ends on the day the member left the ADF in a way listed in subsection 1.

    2. Divide the outcome of Step 1 by 365. If the period in Step 1 includes February 29, divide the outcome of Step 1 by 366.
    3. Multiply the outcome of Step 2 by $5,000.
    4. The member may be paid the outcome of Step 4. If the member has died, payment may be made to the member's legal personal representative.

    Example: A member reaches compulsory retirement age on 15 August 2007, and retires. The member has been in the High Readiness Active Reserve in the Air Force since 1 July 2006. He was paid a bonus under this scheme on 1 July 2007.

    Bonus calculation example
    Step Action

    1.

    The period starts on the later of these dates:

    1. 1 July 2006
    2. 1 July 2007

    As the date the member was last paid a bonus is later, the period starts 1 July 2007.

    The period ends on the day the member reached compulsory retirement age, 15 August 2007.

    There are 46 days between 1 July 2007 and 15 August 2007.

    2. 46 divided by 365 equals 0.126027
    3. 0.12603 multiplied by $5,000 equals $630.14

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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