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Division 5: Education assistance for children in Australia

15.6.23 Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Division is to assist with the costs for a dependant child remaining in school in Australia, while the member is posted overseas.

    See: Division 1
    Section 15.6.5, Reimbursement
    Section 15.6.6, Up-front payment

  2. However, members must pay a contribution.

15.6.24 Member this Division applies to

To be eligible for education assistance under this Division, all these conditions must be met.

  1. The member is posted overseas.

  2. The member's dependent child meets all these conditions.

    1. They are normally part of the member's household.

    2. They are eligible for removal as a dependant of the member.

    3. They remain in Australia to attend primary or secondary school.

15.6.25 Rates of assistance

  1. The following table outlines the following issues.

    1. The annual maximum reimbursement or up-front payment amount for a child's compulsory tuition fees and accommodation costs (including meals and laundry).

    2. The contribution that a member is required to make.

    See: Division 1
    Section 15.6.5, Reimbursement
    Section 15.6.6, Up-front payment

    Contribution
    Item The annual maximum is... less an annual member contribution of...
    Compulsory tuition fees
    1. AUD 26,659 for the cost of compulsory tuition AUD 159 if the child is in primary school.
    AUD 370 if the child is in secondary school.
    Accommodation
    2. AUD 23,640 for the cost of accommodation in a boarding school or a commercial establishment the greater of the following.
    1. The cost incurred for accommodation prior to the posting (see subsection 2).
    2. AUD 2,988 (AUD 2,570 if the first year of boarding).
    Exception: If the child lives in the family home no assistance is provided for accommodation.
    3. AUD 14,181 for the cost of private accommodation
    Example: A lodger boarding in a private home.
    the greater of the following.
    1. The cost incurred for accommodation prior to the posting (see subsection 2).
    2. AUD 2,988.
    Exception: If the child lives in the family home no assistance is provided for accommodation.
  2. In items 2 and 3 of the table in subsection 1, the cost incurred for accommodation prior to the posting means the annual rate of accommodation that was current on the day before the date on which the notice of posting was issued.

  3. A member might need to pay an amount for the initial enrolment of the child, over and above the maximum tuition fee benefit. This amount may be reimbursed to the member or paid up-front to the school.

    See: Division 1
    Section 15.6.5, Reimbursement
    Section 15.6.6, Up-front payment

  4. This subsection applies to a member whose child returns to Australia to study before the end of the posting. Both the following conditions apply.

    1. The member is not eligible for education assistance for the child's study at the Australian school for any period they have received assistance for the child's study at the overseas post.

      Exception: The member may be reimbursed a maximum yearly amount equal to the relevant contribution for compulsory tuition fees under subsection 1, table item 1.

    2. After the period under paragraph a. has ended, the member is eligible for education assistance under this Division.

    Example: A member is accompanied by their child on an overseas posting to Paris. The Commonwealth pays the annual tuition fees for the child to attend school. The Paris school year runs from September to July. The child starts school in September but in November the member sends the child back to Australia where she attends boarding school. The Commonwealth will only reimburse the member for the cost of compulsory tuition fees in Australia at the rate charged by a government school until July when the school year in Paris ends. From July the member may be provided with education assistance under subsection 1.

15.6.26 Remedial tuition in Australia

  1. A member is to be reimbursed for the extra cost of remedial tuition if all these conditions are met.

    1. The tuition is for a dependent child.

    2. The member incurs the tuition costs.

    3. The child attends an Australian primary or secondary school full time.

    4. Cost A in this table is greater than Cost B.

      Reimbursement
      Item Cost Definition
      1. Cost A What the remedial tuition cost the member. The tuition must have been essential to allow the child to make reasonable educational progress, within the limits of the child's ability.
      2. Cost B What the tuition would have cost the member, if they had remained in Australia.
  2. In assessing Cost B, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. The child's educational progress.

    2. The nature and cost of the tuition.

    3. Any other factor relevant to the child's educational welfare.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.6.26.2 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 MAJ(E)/APS 6.
A person working in the Pay an Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

15.6.27 Period of reimbursement

  1. For this Division, the period of reimbursement begins on the earliest of these dates.

    1. The first day of the member's posting period.

    2. The first day of the next school term, after the member begins duty at the posting location.

    3. The first day of any assessment period to gain entry for the next year of schooling.

  2. The period ends on the last day of the school year after the end of the member's posting period.

    Exception: If the child is in the final two years of secondary school, the period ends the on the last day of the child's secondary schooling, after the end of the member's posting period.

  3. In spite of subsection 2, the period does not extend beyond the last day of the school year during which a member's posting ends, unless the child meets both these conditions.

    1. When the posting ends, they are attending a secondary school in Australia.

    2. They meet the requirements of this table.

      Requirements
      Item If the child is in... then the child must have attended secondary school in Australia...
      1. the first year of secondary school from the beginning of the school year.
      2. any other year of secondary school for at least four school terms before the day on which the posting ends.
  4. The period also ends if a parent permanently leaves the posting location to return to Australia.

  5. If any assistance continues after the end of the posting period, the assistance is provided only for the school the child attended immediately before the end of the posting period.

15.6.28 Approval only in special cases if parent lives with child in Australia

This subsection applies if a parent continues to live with the child in Australia after the period of assistance begins. The member is not eligible for education assistance under this Division.

Exception: Approval may be given if the CDF is satisfied that it is impracticable for the child to continue to attend the school that the child attended immediately before the period of assistance began.

Persons who can make the decision under section 15.6.28, exception, on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person working in the Pay an Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.

15.6.29 Child taken to live at home in Australia

  1. This section applies to a child if both these conditions are met.

    1. The member or other parent returns to Australia.

    2. The member or other parent begins on a day to live at the location at which a child is attending school.

  2. The child is taken to be living at home during any school term beginning after that day.

    Exception: The CDF may decide that this section should not apply for a fixed period, on the ground that in the circumstances, it is not reasonable for the child to live with that parent.

    Example: A child is attending boarding school in Brisbane during a member's long-term posting. The member's spouse becomes seriously ill and returns from the post to Australia for urgent medical treatment. Although the spouse is living in the family home in Brisbane, the child continues to board at the school because the spouse is unable to provide day-to-day care. The CDF approves that this section should not apply during the period of the spouse's medical treatment.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.6.29.2, exception, on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person working in the Pay an Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay 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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