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Division 5: Dependant removals in special cases

14.3.20 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to outline cases where removals may be granted to dependants in special circumstances.

Note: It is generally expected that dependants move with members.

14.3.21 Separate removal of member and dependant

  1. In certain situations, a member and dependant may have items removed from the posting location at different times.

  2. If the total amount for these separate removals is greater than the amount for a single removal, the member must pay the extra amount to the Commonwealth.

  3. The CDF may meet the total cost of all removals and storage charges for special circumstances.

    Example: The spouse and children need to remain in Australia or the overseas posting location to complete the school year.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 14.3.21.3 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay and administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.

14.3.22 Moving dependants within Australia

  1. In certain situations, a member on long-term posting is eligible for a removal to move dependants remaining in Australia to another Australian location. All these conditions must be met.

    1. The member is unaccompanied.

    2. The CDF decides that one or more of these conditions applies.

      1. The dependants must vacate a Service residence as a result of the member's posting.

      2. There are no family members available to provide support for dependent children, in the member's absence from the location.

      3. The location of the current home is too remote to provide social and educational facilities for dependant children.

      4. The dependant has a medical condition that requires them to move to another location.

      5. The safety or welfare of the dependants would be at high risk if they remained in the accommodation.

      6. A change in family circumstances requires urgent action.

      7. The removal is necessary to prevent an emergency.

  2. The CDF may approve a removal at Commonwealth cost to any suitable destination in Australia. The CDF must consider both these criteria.

    1. The location of the member's next posting.

    2. If it is expected that the member will complete their service within 12 months of returning to Australia.

  3. If granted a removal under this section, the member is eligible for the normal conditions of service for a removal within Australia.

    Examples: Storage, pet relocation costs, temporary accommodation allowance, loss on sale of a private vehicle.

    See:
    Chapter 6, ADF relocation on posting in Australia
    Chapter 7 Part 5, Temporary accommodation allowance

  4. A member may be reimbursed the cost of private removal arrangements. The CDF must approve this arrangement before the removal takes place. The limit is not more than the cost of the Commonwealth removal benefit.

Persons who can make the decisions under paragraph 14.3.22.1.b, subsection 14.3.22.2 and subsection 14.3.22.4 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay and administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.




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