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Division 1: Deployment allowance

17.7.3 Purpose

The purpose of deployment allowance is to compensate members for the hazard, stress and environmental factors that they are likely to experience over the term of a warlike or non-warlike deployment.

17.7.4 Definitions

The following table defines terms that are used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Division

Specified area

The area where the nature of service applies as declared by the Minister for Defence under section 5C of the Veterans Entitlements Act 1986.

Threat level

The level of:

  1. operational threat, and
  2. environmental hazards.

17.7.5 Member this Division applies to

  1. Deployment allowance is payable to a member who meets both of the following conditions.

    1. The member is assigned for duty on a warlike or non-warlike deployment.

    2. The member enters the specified area for the deployment.

  2. If no specified area is prescribed, deployment allowance is payable to a member who performs duty while assigned to an operation that is prescribed under section 5C of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

    Note: A member who is not eligible for pay due to Part 13 of the Defence Force Regulations 1952 or section 99 or 100 of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982, may not be eligible to deployment allowance.

    See also:
    Regulation 68 of the Defence Force Regulations 1952
    Sections 99 and 100 of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982
    Chapter 3 Part 7, Salary and allowances when a member is absent without leave, in civil custody or undergoing a period of detention or imprisonment

17.7.6 Rate of allowance

  1. The rate of deployment allowance relevant to a member is the rate specified for the member's deployment in the following table.

    Deployment allowance
    Item Operation Specified area Daily rate of allowance AUD

    1.

    ACCORDION

    Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates

    87.15

    2.

    ASLAN

    South Sudan

    159.98

    3.

    AUGURY

    Jordan

    87.15

    4.

    HIGHROAD

    Afghanistan

    159.98

    5.

    MANITOU

    The seas and superjacent airspace of:

    1. the Arabian Sea;
    2. the Gulf of Aden;
    3. the Gulf of Aqaba;
    4. the Gulf of Oman;
    5. the Gulf of Suez;
    6. the Persian Gulf;
    7. the Red Sea; and
    8. the Indian Ocean north of Latitude 15 degrees South and west of Longitude 68 degrees East.

    This includes the ports adjacent and the area within a 10 kilometre radius of each port.

    87.15

    6.

    MAZURKA

    Egypt between the east bank of the Suez Canal and the international boundary between Egypt and Israel established by the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel signed in Washington on 26 March 1979, and an adjoining area extending 5km into Israel.

    135.92

    7.

    OKRA

    Iraq and Syria

    159.98

    Any of the following:

    1. Albania;
    2. the Kingdom of Bahrain;
    3. Bosnia and Herzegovina;
    4. Bulgaria;
    5. Croatia;
    6. Cyprus;
    7. Czech Republic;
    8. Estonia;
    9. Hungary;
    10. the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
    11. Kuwait;
    12. Montenegro;
    13. the Persian Gulf;
    14. Poland;
    15. the State of Qatar;
    16. Romania;
    17. the United Arab Emirates;
    18. the land territory of Turkey east of longitude 35° East.

    87.15

    8.

    PALADIN

    Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon

    87.15

    Syria

    159.98

    9.

    Any other operation in accordance with subsection 17.7.5.2

    Not applicable.

    A rate approved by the Minister for Defence that is between 50.37 and 239.97.

    Note: Where a country is mentioned, it includes its land territory, territorial waters and superjacent airspace, unless specified otherwise.

  2. While on a deployment, a member is taken not to be overseas for conditions of service purposes.

    Note: This means they cannot receive the overseas allowances and benefits that members on long-term or short-term duty overseas get.

    Exception 1: A member may receive some long-term posting overseas benefits if their dependants have remained in an overseas posting location while the member is deployed.

    See:
    Chapter 14, Relocating to or from a long-term overseas posting
    Chapter 15, Living and working on long-term posting overseas
    Chapter 16, Overseas hardship locations

    Exception 2: A member may be paid overseas travel costs on days for which they pay for their own accommodation or meals.

    See: Chapter 13 Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas

17.7.7 Payment of allowance

Deployment allowance is payable at the relevant rate in section 17.7.6, for each day the member is in the specified area during the following period.

  1. Starting on the day the member first enters the specified area for the deployment to which they are assigned.

  2. Ceasing on the day after the member leaves the specified area of the deployment they are assigned to for the last time on that deployment.

    Exception: See subsection 17.7.8.3, Breaks in service, for when a member leaves the specified area for a reason which is not related to the deployment.

17.7.8 Breaks in service

  1. If the member temporarily leaves the specified area during their deployment for either of the following reasons, the member continues to receive deployment allowance at the rate for the operation they are assigned to.

    1. Operational reasons related to the deployment.

      Examples: Escort duties, attendance at a board of inquiry.

    2. Recreation or war service leave.

    See also: Section 17.7.9, for when a member has been eligible for multiple rates during their deployment.

    Example: A member on deployment is required to attend a board of inquiry. The payment of deployment allowance continues for the period the member is outside of the specified area.

    Related information: Section 17.7.20 provides that this leave is taken to be continuous for deployment allowance purposes.

    See: Division 3, Non-warlike deployments – additional recreation leave

  2. After the period of temporary absence under subsection 1, the rate of deployment allowance payable is the rate for the specified area the member is deployed to on return.

    Example: A member is assigned to Operation PALADIN and has spent one month in Jordan and two months in Syria before going back to Jordan. The member goes on leave and receives the rate of deployment allowance payable for Syria for the period of leave. When the member returns from leave they are deployed in Jordan, the rate payable on return is the rate payable for Jordan.

  3. If the member leaves the specified area for a reason which is not related to the deployment, the payment of deployment allowance ceases on the day after the member leaves the specified area and recommences if the member returns to the specified area.

    Example: A member on deployment is granted compassionate leave to return to Australia to visit a close relative who is very seriously ill. Deployment allowance is not paid during the time the member is outside of the specified area.

17.7.9 Eligibility for multiple rates

  1. This clause applies to a member who is in either of the following situations.

    1. The member is assigned to an operation with more than one rate of deployment allowance.

    2. The member is assigned to more than one operation, for which there are different rates of deployment allowance.

  2. If the member temporarily leaves the specified area for a reason in subsection 17.7.8.1, then the rate of deployment allowance payable during their period of absence is the highest rate that has been payable to the member during their deployment.

    Example 1: A member is assigned to Operation PALADIN and has spent two months in Jordan. The member goes on leave and receives the rate of deployment allowance payable for Jordan.

    Example 2: A member is assigned to Operation MANITOU and Operation OKRA (Iraq) and has spent two months on Operation MANITOU. The member has not spent any time in Iraq. The member goes on leave and receives the rate of deployment allowance payable for Operation MANITOU.

    Example 3: A member is assigned to Operation PALADIN and has spent one month in Jordan and two months in Syria before going back to Jordan. The member goes on leave and receives the rate of deployment allowance payable for Syria.

    Example 4: A member is assigned to Operation MANITOU and Operation OKRA (Iraq) and has spent one month on Operation MANITOU and two months in Iraq before going back to Operation MANITOU. The member goes on leave and receives the rate of deployment allowance payable for Operation OKRA (Iraq).

17.7.10 Member on transit through a specified area

If a member is required to transit through a specified area that is not the specified area for their deployment (the "other area"), the relevant of the following conditions applies.

  1. If the member has already been in their specified area and has left it temporarily for one of the reasons under subsection 17.7.8.1, the rate of deployment allowance payable to the member continues to be payable to them while they are in the other area.

    Example: Member travels from Operation MAZURKA (Sinai) to the United Arab Emirates before travelling to Rome on leave. The member spends two days in the United Arab Emirates before their flight leaves for Rome. The member continues to be paid the rate payable for Operation MAZURKA (Sinai).

    See: Section 17.7.8, Breaks in service

  2. If the member has not yet arrived in their specified area, deployment allowance is not payable for time spent in the other area.

    Note: The member only receives deployment allowance when they meet the criteria under paragraph 17.7.5.1.a.

    Example: A member is on their way to Operation MANITOU where they are being deployed. The member is required to spend a two day stop on transit in the United Arab Emirates, before they travel to arrive in their assigned deployment location. The member does not receive deployment allowance for the two days while they are transiting through the United Arab Emirates.

    See: Section 17.7.5, Member this Division applies to

  3. If the member has left their specified area for the last time, deployment allowance is not payable in the other area as they have met the conditions under paragraph 17.7.7.b.

    See also: Subsection 17.7.8.3 for members who leave the specified area for a reason not related to the deployment.

17.7.11 Review of rates

  1. Deployment allowance rates may be reviewed on any of these occasions.

    1. Every six months.

    2. If forces are rotated.

    3. If there is a change in the assessed threat level.

    4. If the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal determines a general salary increase for the ADF.

  2. A member receiving deployment allowance must be made aware by their Commanding Officer that the rate initially determined may be amended and so could increase or decrease during their deployment, as a result of review.

17.7.12 Allowances that may be payable

A member getting deployment allowance may be eligible for additional allowances in the following situations.

Additional allowances
Item Allowance Additional information

1.

Separation allowance

If applicable, separation allowance may be payable.

See: DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances, Division B.3

2.

Travel costs

Travel costs are only payable to a member on any day the member has to pay for their own accommodation or meals while on deployment.

See: Chapter 13 Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas

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




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