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Division B.9: Maritime disability allowance

From DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013

B.9.1 Purpose

Maritime disability allowance compensates members for the disabilities associated with service in the maritime environment, including in seagoing ships and seagoing submarines.

B.9.2 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition
deemed position Means a Sea Training Group position that is reasonably expected to complete 100 days or more in a 12 month period at sea.
maritime service

Means service during which the member is required to undertake duty at sea in any of the following circumstances.

  1. A major fleet unit, which includes a seagoing ship.
  2. A minor war vessel.
  3. A seagoing submarine.

This service can be rendered during peacetime training, as well as in warlike or non-warlike service, including maritime operations, exercises or similar activities.

minor war vessel (MWV)

Means any of the following vessels.

  1. Armidale class patrol boat.
  2. Mine hunter coastal.
  3. Survey ship, coastal.
  4. Landing craft heavy.
  5. A vessel deemed by Chief of Navy to be the equivalent of the above classes of vessel that is under the direction of the Commonwealth or a foreign government.
non-deemed position Means a Sea Training Group position that is reasonably expected to complete less than 100 days at sea in a 12 month period.

seagoing ship

Means either of the following.

  1. A ship in commission in the service of the Royal Australian Navy.
  2. Another ship or other vessel approved by the CDF for the purpose of this allowance, that is under the direction of the Commonwealth or a foreign government.

seagoing submarine

Means either of the following.

  1. A submarine in commission in the service of the Royal Australian Navy.
  2. Another submarine approved by the CDF for the purpose of this allowance that is under the direction of the Commonwealth or a foreign government.

Sea Training Group

Includes both of the following.

  1. The Sea Training Group of the Royal Australian Navy.
  2. Any sea training organisation that is approved by the CDF for the purpose of this allowance.
shore establishment Includes Amphibious Ready Element, the short notice joint amphibious element of the Amphibious Ready Group.

Persons who can make the decisions under section B.9.2, definitions of seagoing ship and Sea Training Group, on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Chief of Navy
Commodore Training
Chief of Staff – Fleet Command
Commander Australian Fleet

Persons who can make the decision under section B.9.2, definition of seagoing submarine, on behalf of the CDF:
Chief of Staff – Fleet Command
Commander Australian Fleet

B.9.3 Member this allowance applies to

Maritime disability allowance may apply to a member of the Permanent Forces and Reserves member who is serving at sea.

B.9.4 Conditions for eligibility for maritime disability allowance

  1. A member of the Permanent Forces or Reserves who is posted to any of the following is eligible for maritime disability allowance.

    1. A major fleet unit, which includes a seagoing ship.

    2. A minor war vessel.

    3. A seagoing submarine.

    4. A shore establishment for service in a vessel in paragraphs a to c.

    5. Sea Training Group for service in a vessel in paragraphs a to c.

    6. Note: Eligibility under subsection 1 is a precondition to the annual rate of maritime disability allowance. Eligibility under either subsection 2 or 3 is a precondition to daily rates of the allowance.

  2. A member of the Permanent Forces or Reserves qualifies for maritime disability allowance from the start of any period in which they meet both the following conditions.

    1. The member is serving in any of the following circumstances.

      1. A major fleet unit, which includes a seagoing ship.

      2. A minor war vessel.

      3. A seagoing submarine.

      4. A shore establishment for service in a vessel in subparagraphs i to iii.

    2. That service requires the member to stay on board the vessel for a continuous period of 48 hours or more.

    3. Exception 1: If a member is in receipt of field allowance under Division B.13 of this Determination immediately before boarding a seagoing ship or seagoing submarine, the member is taken to have qualified for maritime disability allowance from the time of boarding.

      Exception 2: If a member was serving a qualifying period for field allowance under Division B.13 of this Determination immediately before boarding a seagoing ship or seagoing submarine – the period served towards the field allowance qualifying period is taken to count towards the relevant qualifying period under this clause.

      Exception 3: A member who becomes eligible for maritime disability allowance under this clause and moves from one vessel directly to another to perform cross deck daily operations continues to be eligible based on their initial qualifying period. They do not need to requalify while they continue to perform the cross deck duties.

  3. A member of the Permanent Forces or Reserves qualifies for maritime disability allowance from the start of any period in which they meet both the following conditions.

    1. The member is serving in Sea Training Group in any of the following circumstances.

      1. A major fleet unit, which includes a seagoing ship.

      2. A minor war vessel.

      3. A seagoing submarine.

    2. That service requires the member to stay on board the vessel for a continuous period of 24 hours or more.

B.9.4A Qualifying periods of maritime service

  1. This section is used to work out how a member's qualifying maritime service counts as a part of a period of eligibility for maritime disability allowance under paragraph B.9.4.2.b or paragraph B.9.4.3.b.

  2. The following rules describe how to count periods of maritime service under paragraph B.9.4.2.b for the purposes of paying maritime disability allowance under section B.9.6.

    1. Maritime service of three days or less. The following table sets out how part days at the end of the 48 hour qualifying period are counted towards whole days of eligible maritime service.

    2. Three days or less
      Item If the member's 48 hour qualifying period ends on a day ("the qualifying day")... and the member completes their period of maritime service... then the member is counted as having completed...
      1. before midday before midday of the qualifying day two days of maritime service.
      2. before midday after midday of the qualifying day three days of maritime service.
      3. after midday after midday of the qualifying day two days of maritime service.
    3. Maritime service of three days or more. The following table sets out how the days during and after the qualifying period count as completed days of maritime service.

    4. Three days or more
      If the member's 48 hour qualifying period ends on a day ("the qualifying day")... and the member completes their period of maritime service... then the member is counted as having completed the sum of the following maritime service.
      before midday any day after the qualifying day a. Three days.
      b. Any whole calendar days after the qualifying day.
      c. Any remainder worked out under subsection B.9.4B.2.

    Example: A member starts a period of maritime service at 0900 on Monday and completes it at 1600 on Friday of the same week. The member completes their qualifying period on Wednesday and is counted as completing three days of maritime service. Thursday is counted as one whole day of maritime service. Friday is counted as one whole day of maritime service under subsection B.9.4B.2. The member is counted as completing five days of maritime service.

  3. The following rules describe how to count periods of maritime service under paragraph B.9.4.3.b for the purposes of paying maritime disability allowance under section B.9.6.

    1. Maritime service of two days or less. The following table sets out how part days at the end of the 24 hour qualifying period are counted towards whole days of eligible maritime service.

    2. Two days or less
      Item If the member's 24 hour qualifying period ends on a day ("the qualifying day")... and the member completes their period of maritime service... then the member is counted as having completed...
      1. before midday before midday of the qualifying day one day of maritime service.
      2. before midday after midday of the qualifying day two days of maritime service.
      3. after midday after midday of the qualifying day one day of maritime service.
    3. Maritime service of two days or more. The following table sets out how the days during and after the qualifying period count as completed days of maritime service.

    4. Two days or more
      If the member's 24 hour qualifying period ends on a day ("the qualifying day")... and the member completes their period of maritime service... then the member is counted as having completed the sum of the following maritime service.
      before midday any day after the qualifying day a. Two days.
      b. Any whole calendar days after the qualifying day.
      c. Any remainder worked out under subsection B.9.4B.2.

    Example: A member starts a period of maritime service at 0900 on Monday and completes it at 1600 on Friday of the same week. The member completes their qualifying period on Tuesday and is counted as completing two days of maritime service. Wednesday and Thursday are counted as two whole days of maritime service. Friday is counted as one whole day of maritime service under subsection B.9.4B.2. The member is counted as completing five days of maritime service.

  4. Any break between periods of maritime service that starts during the qualifying period breaks the qualifying period. The member is required to restart the qualifying period under paragraphs B.9.4.2.b or B.9.4.3.b for a period of maritime service.

  5. Example: If a member has been accommodated ashore at an intermediate port of call during the voyage aboard the vessel.

B.9.4B Qualified periods of maritime service

  1. This section applies to members who have met the qualifying period under paragraphs B.9.4.2.b or B.9.4.3.b.

  2. The following table sets out how to count part days at the end of a period of maritime service for the purposes of paying maritime disability allowance under section B.9.6.

  3. Period of service
    Item If the member ends a period of maritime service... then that part day...
    1. before midday does not count as a completed day if preceded by a whole day of maritime service.
    2. after midday counts as a completed day if preceded by a whole day of maritime service.
  4. A member does not need to requalify for maritime service if they have a break of 48 hours or less between the two periods of maritime service.

  5. Example: A member finishes a period of maritime service. Thirty-six hours later, the member is directed to perform another period of maritime service. The member is not required to meet the qualifying period under either paragraph B.9.4.2.b or paragraph B.9.4.3.b for this second period of maritime service.

  6. This table sets out how to count part days at the start of the second period of maritime service described under subsection B.9.4B.3 for the purposes of paying maritime disability allowance under section B.9.6.

  7. Period of service
    Item If the member starts a period of maritime service... then that part day...
    1. before midday counts as a completed day when followed by a whole day of maritime service.
    2. after midday does not count as a completed day when followed by a whole day of maritime service.
  8. A member who has been accommodated ashore at an intermediate port of call during the course of a voyage is not required to meet the relevant qualifying period prescribed under paragraph B.9.4.2.b or B.9.4.3.b when they reboard the vessel.

B.9.5 Annual rates of allowance

A member who meets the conditions under subsection B.9.4.1 is to be paid the annual rate of maritime disability allowance for the period of the posting as set out in the following table.

Annual rate of allowance
Item A member who meets the conditions of... and... is to be paid...
1. paragraph B.9.4.1.a the annual rate listed for item 11, table 1 in Part F of this Determination
2. paragraph B.9.4.1.b the annual rate listed for item 12, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
3. paragraph B.9.4.1.c the annual rate listed for item 13, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
4. paragraph B.9.4.1.d serving in a major fleet unit, including a seagoing ship the annual rate listed for item 11, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
5. paragraph B.9.4.1.d serving in a minor war vessel the annual rate listed for item 12, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
6. paragraph B.9.4.1.d serving in a seagoing submarine the annual rate listed for item 13, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
7. paragraph B.9.4.1.e in a deemed position, for service in a major fleet unit, including a seagoing ship the annual rate listed for item 11, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
8. paragraph B.9.4.1.e in a deemed position, for service in a minor war vessel the annual rate listed for item 12, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
9. paragraph B.9.4.1.e in a deemed position, for service in a seagoing submarine the annual rate listed for item 13, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.

B.9.6 Daily rates of allowance

  1. A member eligible under subsection B.9.4.2 is to be paid the daily rate of maritime disability allowance relevant to their circumstances as set out in the following table.

  2. Daily rate of allowance
    Item A member who is serving in... is to be paid the relevant daily rate for each completed day...
    1. a major fleet unit the daily rate listed for item 14, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    2. a minor war vessel the daily rate listed for item 15, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    3. a seagoing submarine the daily rate listed for item 16, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.

    Exception: The daily rate of allowance ceases to be payable to a member for any period that the member is accommodated ashore at an intermediate port of call.

  3. A member eligible under subsection B.9.4.3 is to be paid the daily rate of maritime disability allowance relevant to their circumstances as set out in the following table.

  4. Daily rate of allowance
    Item A member who is serving in... is to be paid the relevant daily rate for each completed day...
    1. a major fleet unit in a non-deemed position (subparagraph B.9.4.3.a.i) the daily rate listed for item 14, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    2. a minor war vessel in a non-deemed position (subparagraph B.9.4.3.a.ii) the daily rate listed for item 15, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    3. a seagoing submarine in a non-deemed position (subparagraph B.9.4.3.a.iii) the daily rate listed for item 16, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.

    Exception: The daily rate of allowance ceases to be payable to a member for any period that the member is accommodated ashore at an intermediate port of call.

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  6. A member who is eligible for an annual rate of maritime disability allowance is not entitled to a daily rate of maritime disability allowance for the same period.

  7. A member may only be paid the daily rate once for any day on which the member is eligible for the allowance. The member is to be paid the higher of the rates of maritime disability allowance that the member would otherwise be eligible for.

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B.9.7 Interactions with other allowances

  1. A member who would otherwise be entitled in the same period to both Antarctic allowance under Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, and maritime disability allowance under this Determination, is to be paid only the higher of the two rates of allowance for the period.

  2. A daily rate of maritime disability allowance is not payable to a member for any day that a member is entitled to travelling costs under Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, including use of the Defence travel card.

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

  5. See:
    Division B.12, Special Forces disability allowance.
    Division B.13, Field allowance.
    Division B.14, Clearance diver allowance.

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



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