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Division 4: Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance

17.7.21 Purpose

The purpose of relief out-of-country travel fare assistance is to help the member have time away from the difficulties of a deployment.

17.7.22 Destination

  1. Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance provides the member with return travel to an approved destination.

  2. The CDF may approve the destination for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance. The CDF must choose a location that meets both these requirements.

    1. A safe environment for rest and recreation.

    2. Adequate rest and recreation facilities.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 17.7.22.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy

17.7.23 Conditions

  1. Subject to operational constraints, a member may be granted relief out-of-country travel fare assistance, for return travel to an approved destination, if all these conditions are met.

    1. The member is assigned to the deployment for 6 months or more.

      Exception: CDF may approve a relief-out-of-country travel fare for a member on a deployment of less than 6 months, having regard to whether the member is performing exceptionally demanding duties, or is likely to serve multiple deployments in a 12 month period.

    2. The member travels to a destination approved under section 17.7.22.

    3. The member must be outside the operational area for seven consecutive days or longer.

      Example: A member leaves the operational area during four days of recreation leave, two stand-down days and a public holiday.

    4. The travel is planned to occur at regular intervals during the deployment, if practicable.

  2. The number of times a member may be granted relief out-of-country travel fare assistance depends on the period that they are on deployment for, as described in the table.

    Assistance
    Item If it is intended that the member be deployed for this period... they may be granted up to this many trips for the deployment...
    a. less than six months 0
    Exception: If paragraph 1.a. approval is given, 1 trip.
    b. six months but less than nine months 1
    c. nine months but less than 12 months 2
    d. 12 months but less than 15 months 3
    e. 15 months but less than 18 months 4
    f. 18 months or more 5
  3. The member is eligible for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance up to these limits.

    1. The cost of return travel to the approved destination under these conditions.

      1. It is economy class.

      2. It is on the cheapest available airline that offers a reasonable standard of safety and security.

      3. It does not include any avoidable stopovers.

    2. The member is not eligible for travel costs while on relief out of country travel fare assistance.

  4. The member may be provided with travelling leave if they take a relief-out-of-country travel fare to Australia.

    Note: If taken on or after 18 February 2011, this type of leave does not attract payment of deployment allowance but it does not break continuity for the payment of those allowances for accrued leave types.

    See: Division 1, Deployment allowance

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 17.7.23.1.a, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
A One Star Officer in the member's operational chain of command

17.7.24 Offsetting fare assistance

  1. If the Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy is satisfied that travel to another country meets the purpose of relief out-of-country travel fare assistance, the member may travel to a destination in another country that meets the purpose of assistance with relief travel.

  2. The Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy must consider both these criteria.

    1. The purpose of the relief travel.

    2. The facilities and environment at the destination.

  3. The Commonwealth will provide relief out-of-country travel fare assistance up to the travel cost that the member would otherwise be eligible for under this Division. This is to help the member buy fares from any source.

  4. Allowable offset arrangements are advised at the start of each deployment.

  5. If it is intended that a member stay on deployment for 12 months or more, the member may apply to combine two trips to Australia that they are eligible for under the table in subsection 17.7.23.2, for one of these purposes.

    1. To assist the member and their dependants to use relief out-of-country travel fare assistance to reunite, in Australia or in an approved destination.

    2. If the member has no dependants (or does not wish to reunite with them), to travel on relief out-of-country travel fare assistance to Australia or another country that is more expensive to travel to than the standard approved destination.

    Note: The offset can only be used to purchase fares. The alternative location must still be approved under section 17.7.22.

  6. Proof of travel is required under section 16.4.12, as if the relief travel were assisted leave travel under Chapter 16 Part 4.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 17.7.24.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding, not below MAJ(E)/APS 6

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




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