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Division 2: Utilities

15.4.12 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to help a member on a long-term posting with the cost of utilities.

15.4.13 Member this Division does not apply to

This Division does not apply to a member who is not required to pay a rent and utilities contribution.

See: Division 4, Rent and utilities contribution.

See also:
Chapter 12 Part 1 section 12.1.2, Member Chapters 12 to 16 do not apply to
Part 1 section 15.1.3, Member this Chapter does not apply to
Part 4 section 15.4.3, Member this Part does not apply to

15.4.14 Definition – utilities

  1. Utilities means all these services.

    1. Water.

    2. Gas and electricity.

    3. Other fuel for ordinary household purposes.

    4. Garbage.

    5. Sewerage.

  2. Paragraph 1.a includes special arrangements for provision of drinking water. This is when the CDF has decided the water at the member's residence is not fit for consumption. The CDF must consider both these criteria.

    1. The standards for Australian drinking water quality, established by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

    2. The quality of the water ordinarily available at the member's residence.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.4.14.2 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
A person who is authorised to manage Defence personnel administration at the overseas post and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
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.
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

15.4.15 Benefit

  1. If a member on long-term posting pays for these utilities, the member may be reimbursed the cost.

  2. If the member fails to exercise care and economy, the member must pay an amount that the CDF considers reasonable for additional utilities costs. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. The make up of the member's family.

    2. The condition and nature of the residence occupied by the member.

    3. The climatic conditions at the posting location.

    4. The level of use of utilities by the member.

    5. Any special circumstance affecting the member that may cause a high level of use of utilities.

  3. A member will not be reimbursed for swimming pool heating.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.4.15.2 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person who is authorised to manage Defence personnel administration at the overseas post and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
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.
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

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




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