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Division 7: Travel on extension of posting or second overseas posting

15.3.37 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is for a member to have extended family contact and make private business arrangements, on extension of a posting or on a posting to a second overseas location.

15.3.38 Additional travel when posting extended

  1. If a member's posting to an overseas location is extended by 12 months or more, the member is eligible for the lower of the following costs.

    1. Return air travel from the posting location to the location where the member normally lives in Australia.

    2. The allowable travel cost for the travel.

  2. If the member would otherwise have been on assisted leave travel from a hardship post, and that benefit would have included payment for excess baggage, the member is eligible for an excess baggage benefit of 12 kg. This is for the return flight to the posting location.

  3. The member may want to travel to another location within Australia, other than where they normally live. The member is eligible for this. However, the Commonwealth will only pay up to a maximum of the allowable travel cost. The Commonwealth will not pay any extra costs that may be charged as a result of the change in destination.

  4. If dependants live at the posting location and accompany the member to and from Australia, the member may be reimbursed for their travel under this section, up to the allowable travel cost.

  5. These conditions apply to this benefit.

    1. Time limits apply to the travel.

      1. It may not be taken before the start of the extended posting period.

      2. It may not be taken within three months of the end of the extended posting period.

      Exception: The senior ADF representative at the overseas post and the Director of Attaché and Overseas Management may determine that a member may travel before their extended posting starts. They must consider the following criteria.

      1. The reason the member needs to travel.

      2. The member's and dependant's welfare.

      3. Financial implications of the earlier travel.

    2. The member must take recreation leave for the absence.

    3. The member cannot travel to another overseas location.

  6. The member and dependants are not eligible for either of these benefits during travel under this section.

    1. Rest periods.

    2. Accommodation or meal costs.

    Note: This travel replaces an assisted leave travel visit to a regional leave centre under Chapter 16 Part 4, Assisted leave travel. See subsection 16.4.7.2, Number of trips.

15.3.39 Dependants' travel costs on posting extension

A member may be serving overseas on an unaccompanied long-term posting or short-term duty. In some cases, the period of duty may be extended. As a result, the member may become eligible to be an accompanied member on long-term posting. In this case, the member is eligible for one of these payments.

  1. If the dependant has not yet travelled to the posting location, payment of the travel costs of the dependant to the overseas posting location.

    See: Chapter 14 Part 4 Division 4, Dependants not travelling with the member

  2. If the dependant has already travelled to the posting location at personal cost, the lowest of these benefits applies.

    1. Reimbursement of fares, conveyance and baggage to the posting location.

    2. The cost that would have been paid if the dependant had travelled on the day the member was approved to be accompanied at the posting location.

15.3.40 Additional travel on long-term posting to a second overseas location

  1. This section applies to a member who is issued with a second posting order only after they have left Australia on the first posting.

    Exception: This section does not apply to a member who was issued with a posting order for two or more overseas posting locations before they leave Australia. The member is not eligible for travel to Australia between these overseas postings in these circumstances.

  2. The member may be paid the cost of business class air travel between the following locations.

    1. From the old posting location to the location where the member normally lives in Australia.

    2. From the location where the member normally lives in Australia to the new overseas posting location.

  3. If dependants live at the posting location and accompany the member to Australia and to the new posting location, the member may be reimbursed for cost of the dependants' travel under this section.

  4. The following conditions apply to this benefit.

    1. Travel must be taken during the following time period.

      1. After departure from the first overseas location at the end of the posting.

      2. Before arrival at the second overseas posting location.

    2. The second overseas posting must be for at least 12 months.

    3. The member must take recreation leave for the absence.

    4. The member must travel to the location where the member normally lives in Australia.

  5. Rest periods under Chapter 14 Part 4 Division 3 only apply for travel from Australia to the new posting location.

    See: Chapter 14 Part 4 Division 3, Rest periods

  6. Excess baggage charges may be paid under section 14.4.11.

    See: Chapter 14 Part 4 Division 2 section 14.4.11, Excess baggage

  7. Accommodation or meal costs are not payable for travel under this section.

  8. A member who is on leave in Australia between overseas postings is eligible to receive overseas living allowances for unused leave accrued at the old posting location.

    See: Part 2 Division 6 section 15.2.34, Payment of overseas living allowances for unused leave

  9. The member may travel to another location within Australia, other than where they normally live. The Commonwealth will not pay any extra costs that may be charged as a result of the change in destination.

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




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