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Division 4: Rent and utilities contribution

15.4.17 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to provide for the contributions that a member is required to pay when occupying a house at an overseas posting.

15.4.18 Rent and utilities contribution

  1. A member must pay a rent and utilities contribution to the Commonwealth when the member is receiving these benefits.

    1. Rent.

      See: Division 1, Housing

    2. Utilities.

      See: Division 2

  2. The amount of contribution is worked out at the rate specified in Annex 15.4.B, as follows.

    1. For an unaccompanied member, use column 4 of Part 1, opposite the member's rent group in column 1.

    2. For an accompanied member, use column 4 of Part 2, opposite the member's rent group in column 1.

  3. The contribution amount is deducted from a member's fortnightly salary.

    See: Annex 15.4.B, Rent and utilities contribution

  4. If the member's posting location has a hardship post grade, the member's contribution is reduced by AUD 10 a week.

15.4.19 Dual liability

Dual liability means both a member and their spouse or partner would be required to pay a rent and utilities contribution under this Part. The Commonwealth only requires the rent and utilities contribution from the member who receives the overseas living allowances.

See: Part 2 Division 2 section 15.2.13, Dual entitlement

15.4.20 Rent and utilities contribution – member living in overseas

These conditions apply to a member who lives in.

  1. A member may be reimbursed any costs that the member incurs for living-in accommodation.

  2. The member must pay a contribution to the Commonwealth for rent and utilities. The amount is the weekly rate in column 3 of this table for the member's rank in column 2.

    Rent and utilities contribution
    Item Description of member Contribution AUD
    a week
    1. Corporal or lower 10.00
    2.

    Sergeant or higher non-commissioned rank 20.00
    3.

    Warrant Officer 20.00
    4. Officer 30.00

15.4.21 Exemptions from rent and utilities contribution

  1. The member is not required to pay a rent and utilities contribution if all these conditions are met.

    1. The member's spouse or partner normally lives with the member.

    2. The member is required to be unaccompanied at the post.

    3. The requirement is due to hardship, safety or the length of the long-term posting.

      Examples: The spouse or partner might not be allowed to accompany the member for any of these reasons.

      The posting period is less than 12 months.

      The posting location is deemed unsafe for dependants.

  2. Sometimes, a member's spouse or partner may be absent from the member's posting location. When this happens, the CDF may waive the rent and utilities contribution for a period. Approval may only be given if the CDF is satisfied that the absence is for a maximum period of time and reason shown in this table.

    Reason for absence
    Item Period of absence Reason for absence
    1. 13 weeks The member's spouse or partner has delayed their departure to allow the member's child to finish a school term or year at the school that the child attended immediately before the posting.
    2. 9 weeks Any of these reasons.
    1. The member's spouse or partner has made an early departure to allow the member's child to begin school at a new location at the beginning of a school year or term.
    2. The member's spouse or partner is eligible to be reimbursed the fares for the travel for any of these purposes.
      1. Visiting another location for compassionate reasons.
      2. See: Part 3 Division 6, Travel for compassionate reasons
      3. Obtaining medical treatment at another location.
      4. See: Part 5 Division 3 section 15.5.16, Travel to another location for health care
      5. Escorting the member or dependant requiring medical treatment at another location.
      6. See: Part 5 Division 3 section 15.5.17, Provision of escort
      7. Supervising the enrolment of the member's child at a boarding school in Australia.
      8. See: Part 6 Division 4, Education costs for children overseas – special circumstances
  3. A rent and utilities contribution is not payable following the death of a member.

    See: Part 9, Death overseas of member or dependant

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.4.21.2 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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