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Part 6: Third-country deployments

17.6.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is to provide a member on a third-country deployment with information about their conditions of service package.

17.6.2 Definition

Definition
Term Definition in this Part
Third-country deployment A third-country deployment is when a member on a long-term administrative or exchange posting overseas is deployed with host country forces to an operational area.

17.6.3 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member on a third-country deployment

17.6.4 Approval process

This table identifies the approval process for sending a member on a third-country deployment.

Approval process
Stage Who Description
1. Relevant Head of Australian Defence Staff/Defence Attache Liaises with Headquarters Joint Operations Command.
2. Headquarters Joint Operations Command Forwards a submission to, Commander Joint Operations, CDF or the Minister for Defence.
3. Commander Joint Operations, CDF or Minister for Defence Approves or declines submission.
4. Headquarters Joint Operations Command If approved, issues approval to the relevant Head of Australian Defence Staff/Defence Attaché detailing:
  • the operation to which members are assigned
  • location
  • start and end dates
  • the nature of service. This will determine the conditions of service package.

17.6.5 Conditions of service

A member deploying with host country forces is eligible for Australian conditions of service at the time of deployment. This table identifies how the conditions of service are determined.

Conditions of service
If there... then...
was or is a direct ADF involvement in the same operational area the member is eligible for ADF conditions of service.
has been no direct ADF involvement a specific conditions of service package will need to be determined.

17.6.6 Records of involvement

Accurate records of the members' involvement must be maintained by the relevant Head of Australian Defence Staff/Defence Attaché. They are to provide details to:

  1. Headquarters Joint Operations Command; and

  2. Deputy Commander Joint Operations; and

  3. Defence Force Pay Accounting Centre.

17.6.7 Additional leave entitlements

Any additional leave entitlements applying to an exchange member on a third-country deployment will, where possible, be equal to those provided by the host country.

17.6.8 Accompanied member

If the member maintains a residence in the host country, then the conditions of service for the accompanied member stay the same.

Note: The Directorate of Military Conditions and Housing Policy publishes details for each deployment through a Defence message (signal).

17.6.9 Unaccompanied member

  1. Conditions of service and benefits received for an unaccompanied member may cease when deployed outside of the host country.

  2. Note: The Directorate of Military Conditions and Housing Policy publishes details for each deployment through a Defence message (signal).

    See: Chapter 15 Part 2 Division 6 section 15.2.31, Absence from posting location

  3. Defence administrative staff at the appropriate Embassy or High Commission determine whether allowances and accommodation are to be maintained.

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




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Further info

  • Joint Directive 039/2015 - Management of Third Country Deployments (This document is available on the CDF Defence intranet site or through the Defence Service Centre.)

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