The September 2017 issue of DFM is out! This issue features how members and their families manage the challenges of postings and deployment.
We hear from families who use their local sport or community club to help them re-establish community ties when they post to a new location. We’ve also got tales of National Families Week events around the country. Read More
Defence families can now access an individual case management service to help them find childcare when they move to a new area or change their work or care arrangements.
Following our successful trial, the initiative is now available as an ongoing service. Read More
The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal has agreed to 2017–2020 ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA), presented 16 August 2017.
ADF personnel will receive a 6 per cent increase to salary and salary related allowances over three years. This will be paid in annual instalments of 2 per cent per annum with no loss in conditions of service. The increase will take effect on 2 November 2017.
For further information visit the Pay and Conditions website.
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Members can now apply for, and have advances deposited into their bank account, once Rental Allowance eligibility has been confirmed by Defence Housing Australia.
This means ADF families will now have the funds readily available to secure properties and members will no longer need to wait until arriving in a new location before applying. Read more on the DHA website.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the ADF Families Survey 2017 and told Defence about their experiences of military life. While the results are still being analysed, there are some initial findings we can share in advance. Read More
From July 1, all current and former members who have rendered at least one day of continuous full-time service can access free treatment for any mental health condition.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will pay for treatment under non-liability health care arrangements and the condition does not need to be related to service or require a diagnosis for you to seek treatment. Find out more on the DVA website
The new pay system for Defence will go live on Monday 7 August 2017.
The transition period, from 25 July to 7 August, will mean many systems won’t be accessible, including through the PMKeyS Home Portal used by many families.
Both PMKeyS and ADFPAY will be turned off from Thursday 27 July until the new system starts. Read More
Members leaving the military will now get individual career coaching as Defence implements changes to its transition support services.
From July 2017, members will be offered tailored career coaching services during transition and up to 12 months afterwards. They will also have all appropriate documentation available by the time they leave Defence.
Families are encouraged to attend meetings with ADF Transition Support Services and information sessions. Read More
Our 2017 Welcome events have finished. Check back in December for next years events. more info
Our 2017 National Families Week events have finished. more info