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Division 1: Before deployment

17.5C.4 Overview

This Division describes the conditions of service for a member before deployment for service on non-warlike operations for six months or longer.

17.5C.5 Dependants remaining at the posting location

Dependants may choose to remain at the posting location during the member's deployment. The member's housing assistance remains at the posting location.

17.5C.6 Dependants relocating to another location

  1. A person listed in the table below may grant help with travel on removal of the member's dependants to a location where extended family support is available. Approval may only be given if a person listed in the table below is satisfied that both these conditions are met.

    1. There is a compelling need for the member's dependants to access family support.

    2. The need must be for a significant amount of the member's absence.

  2. A person listed below may grant the member travel before the deployment, and again on return. The travel must be to the location where family support is available.

  3. A member may be given help with travel on a removal only once for each deployment.

  4. The location of the family support would usually be within Australia. A member may request removal to family support in an overseas location. If the removal is granted, help is limited to travel between the home and the airport. The airport must be the Australian international terminal that is nearest the member's posting location that has flights to the overseas location.

  5. Help with relocation takes one of these three forms.

  6. Assistance
    Item Assistance See:
    1. Relocation of dependants Section 17.5C.7
    2. Limited removal of dependants' personal effects Section 17.5C.8
    3. Full removal of dependants' household Section 17.5C.9

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 17.5C.6.2:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:
- National Relocations Administration Services Manager
- Regional Relocations Manager
- Relocation Administration Services Manager
- Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

17.5C.7 Relocation of dependants

  1. A member or their dependants may apply for the dependants to travel at Commonwealth expense, to move from their home to a personal location where family support is provided.

  2. The member or dependants may apply for these removal benefits to assist with the move.

    1. Full removal of personal effects at Commonwealth expense.

    2. Limited removal of one motor vehicle at Commonwealth expense.

  3. Housing assistance will continue to be given in the posting location.

    1. If the member has a Service residence, the member may keep it while the dependents are away. Contribution arrangements do not change.

    2. A member who is getting rent allowance may continue to be paid it while the dependants are away. Contribution arrangements do not change.

  4. Housing assistance may be given in the personal location.

  5. Note: The member should check with their insurance company to ensure they have adequate cover while they are away.

    1. Housing is not available if the member keeps the housing at the posting location.

    2. When the member returns from deployment, housing assistance continues to be provided in the personal location if the member has less than six months to serve in their posting location.

  6. Dependants may also be moved to the member's posting location, if they choose to return.

  7. Note: The member's posting location may have changed.

  8. Disturbance allowance is not payable.

  9. See: Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 1, Disturbance allowance

  10. The member or their dependants may apply for the extended family of the member or dependants to travel at Commonwealth expense when all these conditions are met.

    1. The extended family member's travel is from their home location to where the dependants are living and return.

    2. The purpose of the extended family member's travel is to give family support to the member's dependants.

    3. The extended family member will stay with the dependants for a significant period of the member's deployment.

  11. For subsection 7, the Commonwealth will pay the cost of travel for the extended family members, up to the amount of normal Departmental liability for travel by two extended family members from their home to the location where the member's dependants live.

Persons who can make the decision under section 17.5C.7.2:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:
- National Relocations Administration Services Manager
- Regional Relocations Manager
- Relocation Administration Services Manager
- Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

17.5C.8 Limited removal of dependants' personal effects

  1. Dependants may be moved to a location where extended family support is available.

  2. The dependants' personal effects and one private vehicle may also be moved. Other household contents are excluded from personal effects.

  3. Other household contents that were not moved will be stored at Commonwealth expense.

  4. Housing assistance is transferred to the new location. If the member has a suitable home at the location, the dependants are expected to occupy that home. This is unless a leasing agreement made before the deployment prevents them from moving into the home. In that case, a person listed below may approve housing assistance.

  5. See: Chapter 7, ADF Housing and meals

  6. Members should not assume the same housing would be allocated on their return.

  7. Dependants will also be moved back to the posting location.

  8. Note: The member's posting location may have changed.

  9. Members are eligible for storage costs for one vehicle and one towable item. Members may sell them instead and seek repayment for loss on sale.

  10. See: Chapter 6 Part 2, Loss on sale of furniture, effects and vehicles

  11. Travel to the new location and return count as one complete removal for disturbance allowance purposes.

  12. See: Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 1, Disturbance allowance

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 17.5C.8.4:
An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:
- Team Leader in the Housing Contact Centre
- Regional Housing Specialist in the Housing Management Centre
- Regional Director in a Housing Management Centre
- National Housing Manager
Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manage Services Agreement
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

17.5C.9 Full removal of dependants' household

  1. A full removal may be granted to a location where extended family support is available. In that case, a person listed in the table below may approve removal assistance.

  2. Housing assistance is transferred to the new location. If a member has a suitable home at the new location, the dependants are expected to occupy that home. This is unless a leasing agreement made before the deployment prevents them from moving into the home.

  3. Note: A person who may approve housing assistance is shown in the relevant Part of Chapter 7.

    See: Chapter 7, ADF Housing and meals

  4. A second full removal may be granted, to the member's posting location. This will usually be taken on the member's return.

  5. Members are eligible for storage costs for one vehicle and one towable item. Members may sell them instead and claim repayment for loss on sale.

  6. See: Chapter 6 Part 2, Loss on sale of furniture, effects and vehicles

  7. Removal to the new location and return count as two complete removals for disturbance allowance purposes.

  8. See: Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 1, Disturbance allowance

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 17.5C.8.4:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:
- National Relocations Administration Services Manager
- Regional Relocations Manager
- Relocation Administration Services Manager
- Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

17.5C.10 Single-parent member

  1. A single-parent member with dependants who is deployed receives help with the following.

    1. Travel of children to an appropriate location for extended family support.

    2. Removal of furniture and/or effects to storage.

    3. Storage or loss on sale of motor vehicle and towable items.

  2. The location of the family support would usually be within Australia. A member may request removal to family support in an overseas location. If the removal is granted, help is limited to travel between the home and the airport. The airport must be the Australian international terminal that is nearest the member's posting location that has flights to the overseas location. Other removal entitlements apply.

17.5C.11 Both parents are ADF members

  1. If both parents are ADF members and are deployed at the same time, they receive help with the following.

    1. Travel of children to an appropriate location for extended family support.

    2. Removal of furniture and/or effects to storage.

    3. Storage or loss on sale of motor vehicle and towable items.

  2. The location of the family support would usually be within Australia. A member may request removal to family support in an overseas location. If the removal is granted, help is limited to travel between the home and the airport. The airport must be the Australian international terminal that is nearest the member's posting location that has flights to the overseas location. Other removal entitlements apply.

17.5C.12 Member living in

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all of the following conditions.

    1. The member is living in.

    2. The member is deployed for service on a non-warlike deployment for six months or longer.

    3. The member meets either of the following conditions.

      1. The member is a member without dependants.

      2. The member is a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. The member may access the benefits referred to in the following table.

Benefits
Item Condition Reference
1. The member may choose between the following options.
a. To stay in living-in accommodation.
b. To leave living-in accommodation, and get a variety of removal and storage conditions.
Note: A member is advised to confirm they have insurance cover while they are away.
Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 3 section 7.4.23, Living-in accommodation on deployment – six months or longer
Conditions for member who chooses to stay
2. The member may be directed to leave the living-in accommodation. The member then becomes eligible for the same conditions as a member who chose to leave. Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 3 subsection 7.4.23.5
3. The member does not have to pay a contribution for living in. Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 5 section 7.4.32
Conditions for member who chooses to leave
4. The member may have a removal of furniture and effects to storage. Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 4 section 6.5.38
5. A member without dependants may have personal effects, a car and a towable item stored at Commonwealth expense. Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7 section 6.5.54.1, table item 6
6. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) may have personal effects, a car and a towable item stored at Commonwealth expense. Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7 section 6.5.53
7. The member may have loss on sale of a car and a towable item, unless they have chosen to put them in storage. Chapter 6 Part 2 section 6.2.4
8. A member who stores their car somewhere other than commercial storage may be paid vehicle allowance, or the cost of storage. Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 3 section 9.6.17
9. The member may be paid disturbance allowance for the journey from storage to living-in accommodation at the end of their deployment. Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 1
Section 6.1.4
Subsection 6.1.6.2, table item 2

17.5A.13 Member living out

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all the following conditions.

    1. The member is living out.

    2. The member is deployed for service on a non-warlike deployment for six months or longer.

    3. The member meets wither of the following conditions.

      1. The member is a member without dependants.

      2. The member is a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. The member may access the benefits referred to in the following table.

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Benefits
Item Condition Reference
1. The member may choose between the following options.
a. To stay in living-out accommodation.
b. To leave living-out accommodation, and get a variety of removal and storage conditions.
Note: A member is advised to confirm they have insurance cover while they are away.
Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 3 section 7.4.23, Living-in accommodation on deployment – six months or longer
1a. A member is advised to confirm they have insurance cover while they are away.
Conditions for member who chooses to stay
2. The member does not have to pay a contribution. Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 5 section 7.4.32
3. A member in rented accommodation may allow a house-sitter to stay. If the member charges rent, the member will be treated as someone who has sublet the home. Chapter 7 Part 8 Division 4 section 7.8.21
Conditions for member who chooses to leave
4. The member may have a removal of furniture and effects to storage. Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 4 section 6.5.38
5. A member without dependants may have personal effects, a car and a towable item stored at Commonwealth expense. Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 7 subsection 6.5.54.1, table item 6
6. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) may have personal effects, a car and a towable item stored at Commonwealth expense. Chapter 6 Part 6 Division 7 section 6.5.53
7. The member may have loss on sale of a car and a towable item, unless they have chosen to put them in storage. Chapter 6 Part 2 section 6.2.4
8. A member who stores their car somewhere other than commercial storage may be paid vehicle allowance, or the cost of storage. Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 3 section 9.6.17
9. The member may be paid disturbance allowance. Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 2
Section 6.1.4
Subsection 6.1.6.2, table item 2

17.5C.14 Pre-deployment leave and travel benefits

Pre-deployment leave and travel may be available. This is dependent upon unit operational circumstances.

See:
Chapter 5 Part 9 Division 7, Pre-deployment leave
Chapter 9 Part 4 Division 2, Pre-deployment leave travel

17.5C.15 Equipment allowance

A member is not eligible for equipment allowance when on a deployment.

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



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