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Division 3: Special benefits for health-related travel

15.5.15 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to help with the cost of travel to obtain health care.

15.5.16 Travel to another location for health care

  1. The CDF may approve travel at Commonwealth expense so that an eligible person can receive treatment at another location. The travel must be for one of these reasons.

    1. The eligible person requires health care that cannot be provided at the posting location.

    2. The health care cannot be delayed until the person is away from the posting location for recreation or other purposes.

  2. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. The apparent state of health of the eligible person.

    2. Any available professional advice on the person's state of health.

    3. The health care facilities available at the posting location.

    4. The availability and skill of health care professionals at the posting location.

    5. Any other factor relevant to the person's health.

  3. Travel will not be approved at Commonwealth expense for any assisted reproductive services (ARS) procedures.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.5.16.1 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

15.5.17 Provision of escort

In addition to travel under section 15.5.16, the CDF may approve the travel of an escort at Commonwealth expense. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

  1. The reasons for the eligible person's travel.

  2. The degree to which the person could travel independently for treatment.

  3. Any other factor relevant to the person's welfare during the travel.

Persons who can make the decision under section 15.5.17 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

15.5.18 Travel for child to accompany a parent

  1. The CDF may approve the travel of a child to accompany a parent if the parent has had travel approved under sections 15.5.16 or 15.5.17.

  2. The CDF must consider all these criteria when deciding to approve travel for a child to accompany a parent.

    1. The child's age.

    2. Any practical arrangements the person could make for the child's care in the circumstances.

    3. The circumstances in which the person is to travel.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.5.18.1 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

15.5.19 Class of air travel for health care

  1. If an eligible person, escort or child travels under this Division, they are eligible for economy class travel. These two exceptions apply.

    1. An eligible person is certified by a doctor as pregnant at the time of travel. The eligible person travels business class, or first class if business class is not available.

    2. The CDF approves a higher class of travel as reasonable in the circumstances for an eligible person.

  2. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. The person's apparent state of health.

    2. The nature of the aircraft seating that the person requires for medical reasons during the travel.

    3. Any other factor relevant to the person's travel.

  3. The eligible person, escort and child are to travel in the same class.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 15.5.19.1.b 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

15.5.20 Living costs at another location during treatment

  1. This section sets out accommodation and meal costs, for eligible persons who are authorised to travel under this Division.

    Exception: This section does not apply to a person who is an in-patient at a hospital.

  2. This table sets out the benefits for travel from the posting location to another overseas location.

    Benefits for travel from posting loction to another overseas location

    TABLE 1 Authorised travel from posting location to another overseas location

    Item For a person living in... the benefit is...
    1. commercial accommodation for more than five days, with facilities to prepare a cooked meal The reasonable cost of the person's accommodation.
    2. commercial accommodation for one to five days, with facilities to prepare a cooked meal as if the person were settling in on long-term posting at the other location.
    See: Chapter 14 Part 5, Settling in and out
    3. commercial accommodation without facilities to prepare a cooked meal
    4. private accommodation
    Example: staying with relatives or friends
    25% of the meals supplement payable if the person were settling in on long term posting at the other location.
    See: Chapter 14 Part 5, Settling in and out
  3. This table sets out the benefits for travel from the posting location to another location in Australia.

    Benefits for travel from posting location to a location in Australia

    TABLE 2 Authorised travel from posting location to a location in Australia

    Item For a person living in... the benefit is...
    1. commercial accommodation for more than five days, with facilities to prepare a cooked meal for accommodation only.

    Accommodation is paid at the daily travelling allowance rate, as if the member was temporarily performing duty at the location in Australia for up to 21 days.

    Accommodation may not be paid for more than 21 days.
    See: Chapter 9 Part 5 Annex 9.5.A within Australia
    2. commercial accommodation for one to five days, with facilities to prepare a cooked meal as in item a, plus the amount for meals payable under section 14.5.5 if the member were evacuated to the location in Australia.

    See: Chapter 14 Part 6 Division 1, Evacuations
    3. commercial accommodation without facilities to prepare a cooked meal
    4. private accommodation
    Example: staying with relatives or friends
    25% of the amount for meals mentioned under items 2 and 3.
    See: Chapter 14 Part 6 Division 1, Evacuations
  4. Regardless of a member's rank, the rates payable under this section are limited to the rates payable to members with the rank of Colonel or lower.

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




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