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Division B.16: Paratrooper allowance

From DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013

B.16.1 Purpose

Paratrooper allowance compensates members for the disabilities, qualifications and skills associated with military parachuting.

B.16.2 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition
high altitude parachute operation (HAPO) Means a parachute operation from a height greater than 12,000 feet above mean sea level (whether in the atmosphere or in a recompression chamber).
high altitude parachute operation (HAPO) support Means an activity for which the member is in either of the following circumstances.
a. Required to use supplementary oxygen in the course of a HAPO.
b. Responsible for management of the oxygen distribution console within the aircraft for the members involved in a HAPO.
Note: The activity does not require a HAPO descent.
tactical parachute activity Means a parachute descent from an aircraft under actual or simulated combat conditions.

B.16.3 Member this allowance applies to

Paratrooper allowance may apply to any member of the Permanent Forces and Reserves.

B.16.4 Conditions for eligibility — members on continuous full-time service

  1. The conditions for eligibility set out in this section may only apply to a member who meets all of the following conditions.

    1. The member is serving a period of continuous full-time service.

    2. The member is serving in either of the following.

      1. A posting to a position based in Australia.

      2. A posting to perform duty with a foreign defence force.

    3. The member is qualified and reasonably expected to perform parachuting duties.

  2. A member who meets any of the following conditions may be eligible for paratrooper allowance.

    1. The member is posted to or performing CDF approved temporary duty in either of the following positions.

      1. A free fall instructor position at the Parachute Training School.

      2. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a free fall instructor.

    2. The member is posted to or performing CDF approved temporary duty in any of the following positions.

      1. A parachute jump instructor position at the Parachute Training School.

      2. A parachute jump instructor position in any other unit which conducts parachute activities.

      3. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a parachute jump instructor.

    3. The member is posted to or performing CDF approved temporary duty in any of the following positions.

      1. A parachute jump master position in any unit which conducts parachute activities.

      2. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a parachute jump master.

    4. The member is posted to or performing CDF approved temporary duty in either of the following positions.

      1. A free fall paratrooper position in any unit which conducts parachute activities.

      2. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a free fall paratrooper.

  3. A member who holds a current paratrooper qualification and is posted to or performing CDF approved temporary duty in any of the following units may be eligible for paratrooper allowance.

    1. 1 Commando Regiment.

    2. 2 Commando Regiment.

    3. 4 Squadron RAAF.

    4. Parachute Training School.

    5. Special Air Service Regiment.

    6. Special Operations Engineer Regiment.

    7. Special Operations Logistics Squadron.

    8. Any parachute unit with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied conducts tactical parachute activities.

    9. Any parachute unit in Australia that does not conduct tactical parachute activities.

    10. Any parachute unit with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied does not conduct tactical parachute activities.

    Persons who can make the decisions under subsection B.16.4.2 and subsection B.16.4.3 on behalf of the CDF:
    Career Management Staff Officer Grade 1 not below LTCOL(E) responsible for the management of the member's position.

  4. A member may be eligible for paratrooper allowance for any period during which the following conditions are met.

    1. The member held a posting in either of the following positions within the last three years.

      1. Free fall instructor position.

      2. Parachute jump instructor position.

    2. The CDF has decided for that period, that the member is liable to undertake the duties associated with the relevant position listed in paragraph B.16.4.4.a at any time.

    3. Note: If the member ceases to be liable, CDF may revoke or vary the decision.

    Persons who can make the decision under paragraph B.16.4.4.b on behalf of the CDF:
    Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding, not below MAJ(E), in the member's direct chain of command.

  5. A member who holds a current paratrooper qualification and is directed on a day to perform paratrooper duties involving a descent may be eligible for paratrooper allowance.

B.16.5 Conditions for eligibility — members on Reserve service

  1. The conditions for eligibility set out in this section may only apply to a member who meets both of the following conditions.

    1. The member is performing a period of duty on Reserve service.

    2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves on Reserve service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5. A member on Service option C is not a member of the Reserves on Reserve service.

    3. The member is serving in any of the following ways.

      1. In a position based in Australia.

      2. On duty with a foreign defence force.

  2. A member who meets any of the following conditions may be eligible for paratrooper allowance.

    1. The member holds a current free fall instructor qualification and is directed on a day to perform the duties of any of the following.

      1. A free fall instructor position at the Parachute Training School.

      2. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a free fall instructor.

    2. The member holds a current parachute jump instructor qualification and is directed on a day to perform the duties of any of the following.

      1. A parachute jump instructor position at the Parachute Training School.

      2. A parachute jump instructor position in any other unit which conducts parachute activities.

      3. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a parachute jump instructor.

    3. The member holds a current parachute jump master qualification and is directed on a day to perform the duties of any of the following.

      1. A parachute jump master position in any unit which conducts parachute activities.

      2. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a parachute jump master.

    4. The member holds a current free fall paratrooper qualification and is directed on a day to perform the duties of any of the following.

      1. A free fall paratrooper position in any unit which conducts parachute activities.

      2. A position with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied involves similar duties to a free fall paratrooper.

  3. A member who holds a current paratrooper qualification and is directed on a day to perform paratrooper duties in any of the following units may be eligible for paratrooper allowance.

    1. 1 Commando Regiment.

    2. 2 Commando Regiment.

    3. 4 Squadron RAAF.

    4. Parachute Training School.

    5. Special Air Service Regiment.

    6. Special Operations Engineer Regiment.

    7. Special Operations Logistics Squadron.

    8. Any parachute unit with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied conducts tactical parachute activities.

    9. Any parachute unit in Australia that does not conduct tactical parachute activities.

    10. Any parachute unit with a foreign defence force which CDF is satisfied does not conduct tactical parachute activities.

  4. A member who holds a current paratrooper qualification and is directed on a day to perform paratrooper duties involving a descent may be eligible for paratrooper allowance.

Persons who can make the decisions under section B.16.5 on behalf of the CDF:
Career Management Staff Officer Grade 1 not below LTCOL(E) responsible for the management of the member's position.

B.16.6 Conditions for eligibility — HAPO

A member who meets the conditions of eligibility under subsection B.16.4 or subsection B.16.5 is eligible for a supplementary rate of paratrooper allowance if the member is required to perform either of the following duties.

  1. HAPO descent.

  2. HAPO support.

B.16.7 Annual rate of allowance

  1. An eligible member is to be paid the annual rate of paratrooper allowance as set out in the following table.

  2. Annual rate of allowance
    Item A member who has met the conditions of eligibility under... is to be paid...
    1. Paragraph B.16.4.2.a
    (free fall instructor)
    the annual rate listed for item 11, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    2. Subparagraph B.16.4.2.b.i
    (parachute jump instructor)
    the annual rate listed for item 28, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    3. Subparagraph B.16.4.2.b.ii
    (parachute jump instructor)
    the annual rate listed for item 5, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    4. Subparagraph B.16.4.2.b.iii
    (parachute jump instructor)
    5. Paragraph B.16.4.2.c
    (parachute jump master)
    the annual rate listed for item 49, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    6. Paragraph B.16.4.2.d
    (free fall paratrooper)
    the annual rate listed for item 50, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    7. Paragraph B.16.4.3.a–h the annual rate listed for item 36, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    8. Paragraph B.16.4.3.i–j the annual rate listed for item 51, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
  3. An eligible member under subsection B.16.4.4 is entitled to payment of an annual rate of paratrooper allowance as set out below for a period of up to three years, starting from the day the member was posted out of the relevant position.

    1. A member who was posted to a free fall instructor position is to be paid the annual rate listed for item 3, table 1 of Part F of this Determination.

    2. A member who was posted to a parachute jump instructor position is to be paid the annual rate listed for item 51, table 1 of Part F of this Determination.

B.16.8 Daily rate of allowance

The eligible member is to be paid the daily rate of paratrooper allowance as set out in the following table.

Daily rate of allowance
Item A member who has met the conditions of eligibility under... is to be paid...
1. Paragraph B.16.5.2.a
(free fall instructor)
the daily rate listed for item 14, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
2. Subparagraph B.16.5.2.b.i
(parachute jump instructor)
the daily rate listed for item 31, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
3. Subparagraph B.16.5.2.b.ii
(parachute jump instructor)
the daily rate listed for item 32, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
4. Subparagraph B.16.5.2.b.iii
(parachute jump instructor)
5. Paragraph B.16.5.2.c
(parachute jump master)
the daily rate listed for item 52, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
6. Paragraph B.16.5.2.d
(free fall paratrooper)
the daily rate listed for item 53, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
7. Paragraph B.16.5.3.a–h the daily rate listed for item 54, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
8. Paragraph B.16.5.3.i–j the daily rate listed for item 55, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
9. Subsection B.16.4.5
(paratrooper)
the daily rate listed for item 10, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
10. Subsection B.16.5.4
(paratrooper)

B.16.9 Supplementary rate for HAPO activities

  1. An eligible member under section B.16.6 is to be paid a supplementary rate of paratrooper allowance as follows.

    1. For a member who meets the conditions of eligibility under paragraph B.16.6.a, the member is to be paid the amount listed at item 56, table 1 in Part F of this Determination for each day.

    2. For a member who meets the conditions of eligibility under paragraph B.16.6.b, the member is to be paid the amount listed at item 57, table 1 in Part F of this Determination for each day.

  2. For any day the member is eligible for both supplementary rates, only the higher rate is to be paid for that day.

B.16.10 Events that end eligibility

  1. A member ceases to be eligible for paratrooper allowance under subsection B.16.4.4 from the earliest date on which any of the following events occur.

    1. An ongoing condition on which the member became eligible for the allowance is no longer met.

    2. The member is notified by CDF that their liability to undertake duties associated with the relevant position at any time for a period ceases or is revoked from a specified date.

  2. A member ceases to be entitled to payment of an annual rate of paratrooper allowance under section B.16.7 the day after a period of six months, during which the member was unable to perform a parachute descent.

  3. Note: The member may be entitled to recommencement of payment of the relevant annual rate of paratrooper allowance the day the member recommences parachute descents.

    Examples: Illness, infirmity.

    Exception: CDF may approve a member's eligibility for paratrooper allowance beyond the six month period. In making this decision, CDF must have regard to the following factors.

    1. The degree of illness or infirmity (if any) of the member which prevented the member from making a parachute descent.

    2. Whether or not the illness or infirmity was caused by the member's own fault.

    3. Any opportunity the member had to make a parachute descent during the six month period following the day on which the member last made a parachute descent.

    4. Any other reason preventing the member from making a parachute descent.

Persons who can make the decisions under paragraph B.16.10.1.b and subsection B.16.10.2, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding, not below MAJ(E), in the member's direct chain of command.

B.16.11 Interactions with other allowances

  1. A member is not entitled to more than one rate of paratrooper allowance per day.

  2. Exception: A member who is entitled to a supplementary rate for HAPO activities is entitled to both of the following.

    1. A rate under either of the following.

      1. Section B.16.7.

      2. Section B.16.8.

    2. A rate under section B.16.9.

    3. Note: If a member is entitled to both supplementary rates for HAPO activities on a day, only the higher of the two rates is payable for that day.

  3. A member who is eligible for a rate of flying disability allowance and paratrooper allowance for the same period, is not entitled to payment of flying disability allowance.

  4. Other allowances may not permit payment of paratrooper allowance for the same period.

  5. See: Division B.12, Special Forces disability allowance

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances approved by the Tribunal.



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