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Division 2: During deployment

17.5B.9 Overview

This Division covers the conditions of service for a member during deployment for service on non-warlike operations for less than six months.

17.5B.10 Deployment allowance

  1. Deployment allowance is paid during deployment on non-warlike operations. Its purpose is to recognise the military and environmental hazards a member may experience.

  2. The deployment allowance rate is based on the threat levels assessed by the Minister for military threats and environmental hazards in the operational area. In deciding the threat levels, the Minister must consider a range of criteria about the operational situation and environmental conditions.

  3. In one operational area, there may be different deployment allowance rates for different locations.

  4. Deployment allowance is payable for a period specified in Part 7 Division 1 section 17.7.8.

    See: Part 7 Division 1 section 17.7.8, Breaks in service

  5. Deployment allowance has these features.

    1. It is exempt from income tax instalments.

    2. It is exempt for Family Tax Benefit purposes.

    3. It is assessable income for social security purposes.

    Exception: Deployment allowance is not assessable for members of the Reserve Forces.

    Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves may be described as a member in Service category 2, 3, 4 or 5.

    See: Part 7, Allowances and leave

17.5B.11 Other allowances that may be payable

A member getting deployment allowance may be eligible for some of these other allowances in the following situations.

Allowances
Item Allowance Additional information
1. Separation allowance If applicable, separation allowance may be payable.
See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division B.3
2. Hardship allowance Hardship allowance is not payable at the same time as deployment allowance. However, the member may be entitled to hardship allowance on any day the member is not entitled to deployment allowance.
See: Chapter 16 Part 4 section 16.2.4, Amount of hardship allowance
3. Travel costs Travel costs are only payable to a member on any day the member has to pay for their own meals while on deployment.
See: Chapter 13 Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas

17.5B.12 Contributions to accommodation and meals

A member is not required to contribute for accommodation and meal expenses while on warlike deployment.

17.5B.13 Additional leave accrual

  1. While on deployment a member accrues leave in addition to basic recreation leave. This table lists each type of leave that can accrue during deployment and describes how it accrues.

  2. Leave accrual
    Item Type of leave Accrual method
    1. Additional recreation leave (for field, seagoing and flying service) Accrued under normal provisions.
    See: Chapter 5 Part 4 Division 3, Additional recreation leave
    2. Additional recreation leave for non-warlike service Allows a member to obtain relief from military and environmental hazards in an operational area.
    See: Chapter 17 Part 7 Division 3
    The leave is an additional form of recreation leave. It is subject to the same rules on credit and usage as additional recreation leave for remote locations within Australia.
    See: Chapter 4 Part 4 Division 3
  3. Members on warlike deployment are not granted extra recreation leave.

17.5B.14 Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance

A member is not eligible for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance when on deployment for less than six months.

17.5B.15 Communications

The Lead Joint Command or Joint Logistics Command will apply mail and telephone provisions separately for each deployment.

17.5B.16 Medals

The Australian Service Medal or the Operational Service Medal may be awarded for non-warlike service.

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