Part 6

Non-warlike deployment less than six months conditions of service

Division 1

Before deployment

Division 3

During deployment taxation

Division 4

After deployment compensation for illness, injury and death

Division 5

Review of benefits

 

Division 2: During deployment (This Division is policy guidance)

17.6.9    Overview
17.6.10   Deployment allowance
17.6.11   Other allowances that may be payable
17.6.12   Contributions to accommodation and meals
17.6.13   Additional leave accrual
17.6.14   Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance
17.6.15   Communications
17.6.16   Medals

17.6.9    Overview

 

This Division covers the conditions of service for a member during deployment for service on non-warlike operations for less than six months.

17.6.10   Deployment allowance

 

TAX ALERT: PACMATE Annex 3.B, item 168.

1.

Deployment allowance is paid during deployment on non-warlike operations. Its purpose is to recognise the military and environmental hazards a member may experience.

2.

The deployment allowance rate is based on the threat levels assessed by the Minister for military threats and environmental hazards in the operational area. In deciding the threat levels, the Minister must consider a range of criteria about the operational situation and environmental conditions.

3.

In one operational area, there may be different deployment allowance rates for different locations.

4.

Deployment allowance is payable for all these periods.

 

a.

A day or part-day of service in the operational area.

 

b.

A day of recreation leave or war service leave accrued in the operational area.

5.

Deployment allowance has these features.

 

a.

It is exempt from income tax instalments.

 

b.

It is exempt for Family Tax Benefit purposes.

 

c.

It is assessable income for social security purposes.

 

Exception: Deployment allowance is not assessable for members of the Reserve Forces.

 

See: Chapter 17 Part 9, Allowances and leave

17.6.11   Other allowances that may be payable

 

TAX ALERT: PACMATE Annex 3.B, item 169.

 

A member getting deployment allowance may be entitled to some of these other allowances in the following situations.

 

 

 

 

Item

Allowance

Additional information

1.

Separation allowance

If applicable, separation allowance may be payable.

See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division B.3

2.

Hardship allowance

Hardship allowance is not payable at the same time as deployment allowance. However, the member may be entitled to hardship allowance on any day the member is not entitled to deployment allowance.

See: Clause 16.2.4, Amount of hardship allowance

3.

Travel costs

Travel costs are only payable to a member on any day the member has to pay for their own meals while on deployment.

See: Chapter 13 Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas

17.6.12   Contributions to accommodation and meals

 

A member is not required to contribute for accommodation and meal expenses while on non-warlike deployment.

17.6.13   Additional leave accrual

1.

While on deployment a member accrues leave in addition to basic recreation leave. This table lists each type of leave that can accrue during deployment and describes how it accrues.

 

Item

Type of leave

Accrual method

1.

Additional recreation leave (for field, seagoing and flying service)

Accrued under normal provisions, see Chapter 5 Part 2 Division 3.

2.

Additional recreation leave for non-warlike service

Allows a member to obtain relief from military and environmental hazards in an operational area, see Chapter 17 Part 9 Division 5.

The leave is an additional form of recreation leave. It is subject to the same rules on credit and usage as additional recreation leave for remote locations within Australia, see Chapter 5 Part 2 Division 3.

 

2.

Members on non-warlike deployment are not granted extra recreation leave.

17.6.14   Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance

 

A member is not eligible for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance when on deployment for less than six months.

17.6.15   Communications

 

The Lead Joint Command or Joint Logistics Command will apply mail and telephone provisions separately for each deployment.

17.6.16   Medals

 

The Australian Service Medal may be awarded for non-warlike service.

 

PACMAN                                    AL15 (February 2014)                                   Chapter 17 Part 6 Division 2