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Division 3: Specialist officers

From DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017

B.3.1 Purpose

This Division sets out the method for placement in the relevant career structure and the rate of salary that apply to specialist officers.

B.3.2 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to the following officers.

  1. Chaplain.

  2. Dental officer.

  3. Legal officer.

  4. Medical officer.

  5. Aviation specialist.

  6. A member in an approved category.

B.3.3 Approved categories

CDF may approve a category in which members of the Reserves normally perform a large part of their duties within periods of duty less than two hours. The CDF is to have regard to all of the following.

  1. The special skills or qualifications held by the member.

  2. The special positions or offices held by the member in the ADF.

  3. The nature of the duties normally performed.

Note: Approved categories are listed in the definition of approved category under section A.1.12 (Specialist officers).

See: Part A Division 1 section A.1.12, Specialist officers


Persons who can make the decision under section B.3.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Director Officer Career Manqagement – Army
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

B.3.4 Rate of salary for a specialist officer

  1. The following table sets out the rate of salary to be paid to a specialist officer covered by this Division

     
  2. Salary payable
    Item If the member is... in the... then the member is to be paid salary...

    1.

    a chaplain

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.5 according to the officer's Force, classification and competency level.

    2.

    a dental officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.6 according to the officer's Force, rank and dental level.

    3.

    a legal officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.7 according to the officer's Force, rank and legal level.

    4.

    a medical officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.8 Part 1 or 3, according to the officer's Force, rank and medical level.

    specialist career structure, and meets all of the following.

    a.    Registered to practice in Australia in an area of medical specialty.

    b.   Approved by the Surgeon General ADF to perform duty in that area of specialty for a period of procedural specialist service.

    c.    Either of the following.

    i.    Deployed overseas for the purpose of practicing in that area.

    ii.   Required to practice in that area on a regular basis for the majority of the period of procedural specialist service.

    under Schedule B.8 Part 2 or 4, according to the officer's Force, rank and increment.

    5.

    a medical officer who was in service at 1 May 2004

    specialist career structure because the member meets all of the following.

    a. The member has not yet gained the required qualifications for a medical level.

    b. The member is in a position no higher than ML4.

    c. The CDF has deemed the member competent for period ending no later than 1 May 2013.

    at the lowest increment level of the deemed level of medical qualification and skill under Schedule B.8 Part 1 or 2, according to the officer's Force and rank.

    6.

    an officer on a fixed tenure or fixed appointment period

    specialist career structure and performing a year of compulsory medical residency

    at the level 'resident' under Schedule B.8 Part 1 or 3, according to the officer's Force.

    7.

    an aviation specialist

    aviation specialist stream

    under Schedule B.14 for the officer's Force, class and experience level.

    8.

    a medical officer who is a senior officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.15, according to the officer's Force, rank and medical level.

    9.

    a dental officer who is a senior officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.16, according to the officer's Force, rank and dental level.

    10.

    a legal officer who is a senior officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.17, according to the officer's Force, rank and legal level.

    11.

    a Chaplain in Division 5

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.18, according to the officer's Force, classification and competency level.

  3. Officers not described in the table in subsection 1 may be paid under Division 1 or Division 2, according to their rank.

  4. See:
    Division 1, Senior officers
    Division 2, Officers

  5. A senior officer, who meets all the following conditions may be paid a daily rate of salary under this Determination. The daily rate is to be based on the annual rate of salary the member received immediately before transfer to the Reserves.

    1. The member is a dental officer or legal officer.

    2. The member was receiving an annual rate of salary under a separate determination made under Part IIIA Division 2 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time, immediately before their transfer to the Reserves.

    3. The member transfers from the Permanent Forces to the Reserves.

  6. A member in an approved category who attends for duty on Reserve service for at least one hour, but less than two hours, is to be paid one sixth of the daily rate of salary.

B.3.5 Rate of salary for aviation specialist

  1. For the purpose of this section, legacy employment category means the relevant of the following.

     
  2. Legacy employment category
    Item For... means officers...

    1.

    joint battlefield airspace control

    for whom any of the following apply.

    a. holding the employment category of a joint battlefield airspace controller.

    b. under training as a joint battlefield airspace controller.

    c. being paid under the Air Traffic Controller competency system prior to 1 October 2009.

    2.

    officer aircrew categories

    for whom any of the following apply.

    a. offered employment within an officer aircrew category.

    b. under training as a member of an officer aircrew category.

    c. for whom any of the descriptors listed in the table of section A.1.10 are included in the classification of any Part in Schedule B.2 prior to 1 October 2009.

    See:
    Part A Division 1 section A.1.10, Flying terms
    Schedule B.2, Officer pay grades
        Part 1: All Services
        Part 2: Navy
        Part 3: Army
        Part 4: Air Force

  3. On the day that an officer first becomes an aviation specialist, the officer's rate of salary is the relevant of the following.

    1. For a member at the rank of Major or Captain — the rate in Schedule B.14 equal to or next above the rate of salary payable to the member immediately before that day.

    2. For an officer at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or higher — the rate in Schedule B.14 that is equal to or next above the relevant of the following amounts.

      1. If the officer is in the Permanent Forces — the rate of salary payable to the officer immediately before they became an aviation specialist, less the annual rate of Service Allowance determined under Division B.2 of DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances, as in force from time to time.

      2. If the member is in the Reserves — the rate of salary payable to the officer immediately before they became an aviation specialist, less the daily rate of Reserve Allowance determined under Division B.11 of DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances, as in force from time to time.

    See: Schedule B.14, Specialist officer salary rates – aviation

  4. On the day after the officer completes 12 months of continuous full-time service in an experience level in Schedule B.14, the officer is advanced to the next experience level in that Schedule.

  5. On the day that an officer ceases to be an aviation specialist, the officer's rate of salary is the relevant of the following.

    1. For an officer who returns to their previous Schedule B.2 legacy employment category, the officer's pay grade and increment that they held immediately before they became an aviation specialist.

    2. For an officer who returns to their previous Schedule B.2 competency-based employment category, the officer's pay grade and increment that they held immediately before they became an aviation specialist.

    See: Schedule B.2, Officer pay grades
        Part 1: All Services
        Part 2: Navy
        Part 3: Army
        Part 4: Air Force

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances approved by the Tribunal.



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