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Division 2: Commencement salary

3.2.18 Purpose

The Division describes how to work out the rate of salary that may apply to a member at various points in their career.

3.2.19 Salary on enlistment or appointment

  1. On the day a member is enlisted or appointed, salary becomes payable to the member at the minimum rate for the member's rank at the relevant pay grade.

    Exception 1: The CDF may approve a salary above the minimum rate in the salary scale for a member because of their experience, qualifications and skills.

    Exception 2: The member may be paid at a higher rate if another section in this Division authorises it.

    Note: This does not apply to a member on training rates.

    See: Section 3.2.26, Salary rate for training – start and advancement dates

  2. The discretion in exception 1 to subsection 1 does not apply to an officer appointed to an ordinary entry-level rank listed in the following table.

    Exceptions
    Item Service Ordinary entry-level officer rank
    1. Army Officer cadet (OCDT)
    2. Air Force Officer Cadet (OFFCDT)

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.2.19.1, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Deputy Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director Soldier Career Management – Army
Director General Career Management – Army
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition (Air Force)
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.20 Salary on promotion – general

On the day that a member's rank changes due to a promotion, the member is to be paid at the minimum rate for the member's new rank at the relevant pay grade.

Exception 1: The CDF may approve a salary above the minimum rate in the salary scale for a member on promotion because of their experience, qualifications and skills.

Exception 2: The member may be paid at another rate if a non-reduction provision applies.

See: Division 5, Salary non-reduction provisions

See also: DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, Division B.2 section B.2.5, Rate of salary on advancement from other rank

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.2.19.1, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Deputy Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director Navy Senior Officer Management
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director Soldier Career Management – Army
Director General Career Management – Army
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition (Air Force)
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.21 Salary on change of pay grade

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

    1. The member's pay grade changes.

    2. The change is for a reason other than disciplinary action or administrative sanction.

    3. The change is not related to the member becoming eligible for salary in a different pay grade scale under another salary Schedule in DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

      Examples:

      1. An other rank member who becomes a Warrant Officer Class 1.

      2. An other rank member who is commissioned as an officer.

      3. An officer who is promoted to the rank of Brigadier or higher.

  2. The member is to be paid the salary rate for the new pay grade that corresponds to the rank increment the member held at their former pay grade.

    Exception: If salary non-reduction arrangements apply to the member under Division 5, then the member's salary will be preserved at the rate for the member's rank and increment at the former pay grade for the period that is specified.

    See: Division 5, Salary non-reduction provisions

3.2.22 Salary on ceasing to be a specialist officer

  1. This section applies to a member who ceases to perform duty as a specialist officer.

  2. The member is to be paid the salary rate for the new pay grade that corresponds to the rank increment the member held in their former specialist officer competency level.

    Exception: The CDF may approve a salary above the minimum incremental rate for a member because of their experience, qualifications and skills.

3.2.23 Member with previous service – commencement salary

  1. Relevant military service has the meaning defined below.

    Definition
    Term Definition in this section

    Relevant military service

    Service that meets all of these conditions.

    1. It must have been in the ADF, or the forces of a Commonwealth country or the United States of America.
    2. It must be relevant to the kind of work the member enlisted or is appointed to do.
    3. It must have been performed at a rank equivalent to the rank the member enlisted or is appointed to, or at a higher rank. The CDF may declare that another rank is equivalent. The declaration must be in writing.
  2. This section does not apply to members on promotion.

  3. A member may have previous relevant military service at the time they enlist or are appointed to a rank. The CDF may grant the member a commencement salary between the following two amounts.

    1. The minimum rate.

    2. The rate the member would have been paid if the member's service had been in the ADF.

  4. The CDF must consider all of the following factors.

    1. The member's previous relevant military service.

    2. What incremental salary rate the length of the member's relevant military service would place them at in the salary scale.

    3. For a member being reappointed or re-enlisted – whether the qualifications, skills or training requirements for the rank have changed since the member last served.

    4. Other matters relevant to periods of service for salary advancement.

      Example: The member's service is recognised for the purpose of seniority in rank under the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002.

  5. This table sets out what the CDF considers in working out the period of relevant military service if there is a break in service between two periods of continuous full-time service.

    Note: In the total workforce model, continuous full-time service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 who is also on Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

    Break in service
    Item If the break in service is... then the CDF may disregard...
    1. five years or less any service before an earlier break in service.
    2. more than five years any service before the break.

    Example 1: A member is appointed to a rank in January 2014 on direct transfer from the British Army. Three years previously, the member had a six-year break in service. The CDF ignores the service before that six-year break, when determining the member's commencement salary. The CDF does this because the break in service was more than five years.

    Example 2: A member is appointed to a rank in January 2014 after a 12-month break from service. Before that break, they had served for two years from January 2011 to January 2013. Before that service, they had taken a break of 12 months after service of four years from 2006 to January 2010.

    Break in service example
    Jan 2006 Jan 2010 Jan 2011 Jan 2013 Jan 2014
    4 years 12 months 2 years 12 months
    service break service break service

    The CDF ignores the 2006-2010 service when determining commencement salary in January 2011. The CDF does this because the break in service was more than five years. The skills and qualifications for that rank in that earlier period are no longer adequate or applicable.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.2.23.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Deputy Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director Soldier Career Management – Army
Director General Career Management – Army
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition (Air Force)
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.24 Recognition of service in the Reserves

  1. The CDF may approve a salary above the minimum rate in the salary scale for the member's rank, for a member who served in the Reserves before they enlisted or were appointed to the Permanent Forces. This also applies to any other service that is not continuous full-time service.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, the Permanent Force may be said to comprise members in Service categories 6 and 7. The Reserves may be said to comprise members in Service categories 2, 3, 4 and 5.

  3. The CDF must consider the nature and period of the previous service, having regard to any relevant matters set out in Division 3 or Division 4.

    See:
    Division 3, Increments
    Division 4, Specialist Officer – increment and competency arrangements

    Example: A Captain in the Reserves has six years effective Reserve service and transfers to the Permanent Forces. The CDF considers the member's period and nature of service, and decides that it is equivalent to three years of continuous full-time service. The CDF could decide to place the member on the third salary increment for Captain in the pay schedules.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.2.24.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Deputy Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director Soldier Career Management – Army
Director General Career Management – Army
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition (Air Force)
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director General Personnel – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.2.25 Salary – member undergoing recategorisation training

  1. This section applies to a member undergoing recategorisation training.

    See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.43, Member undergoing recategorisation training

  2. During training, the member is to be paid the relevant of the following amounts.

    1. For members of the Permanent Forces and members of the Reserves on continuous full-time service — both of the following.

      1. Salary at the rate for the rank, pay grade and increment that they held immediately before they began training.

      2. Service allowance.

      Note: In the total workforce model, the following arrangements apply.

      1. A member of the Permanent Forces may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7.

      2. In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5 who is also on Service option C.

    2. For members on Reserve service — both of the following amounts.

      1. The daily rate of salary for the rank, pay grade and increment that they held immediately before they began training.

      2. Reserve allowance.

      Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves on Reserve service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5. A member on Service option C is not a member of the Reserves on Reserve service.

    3. For members of the Reserves who transfer to the Permanent Forces or undertake a period of continuous full-time service for their training — both the following amounts.

      1. The salary for the rank, pay grade and increment that they would have held if they were on continuous full-time service immediately before they began training.

      2. Service allowance.

    See also: Division 3 section 3.2.30, Increment advancement

  3. A Service Chief may approve an extended period of payment under subsection 2 for a member who has completed training. The Service Chief must specify the period of the extension.

3.2.26 Salary rate for training – start and advancement dates

  1. A member who meets both the following conditions is to be paid the rate of salary under Schedule B.13 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, that applies to the first year of the member's course of training, from the day the member starts their service. This includes a member on Reserve service.

    1. The member is a trainee entrant to the ADF.

    2. The member is appointed for a course of training to which annual rate changes apply.

    See: Part 1 Schedule B.13, Trainee salary rates

  2. If a member is advanced to a higher year of training to recognise previous studies then they are to be paid salary at the following rates and corresponding periods.

    1. From the date of entry into the Service — the rate of salary that applies to the first year of the member's course of training.

    2. From the date the member begins the academic studies of the higher year — the rate that applies to that higher year of training.

  3. If a course of training listed in Schedule B.13 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, provides rates of salary for different years of the course, then the member is to be paid the rate applicable to the year they are in, regardless of when they start the training.

    See: Part 1 Schedule B.13, Trainee salary rates

    Example 1: A member's salary would normally increase to the next rate that is listed in the Schedule for the course on the commencement of a new year of the course, 1 January.

    Example 2: If the member commences a new year of the course mid-year, then the date of change may be 1 July.

  4. For members undergoing a course of officer training and paid in accordance with item 6 of Part 1 of Schedule B.13 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, the date of increase to the next year's rate is the date that corresponds to the member's month of entry to the course, set out in paragraph a or b.

    1. For the January entry — the date of commencement of the second term.

    2. For the July entry — 1 January of the following year.

    See: Part 1 Schedule B.13, Trainee salary rates

  5. If approval is given for a trainee to repeat a year of training, that member is to be paid the rate applicable to the year of training being repeated.

  6. To avoid doubt, for salary purposes a member is taken to be a trainee in the graduate medical scheme for any period in which both the following conditions apply to them.

    1. The member was appointed to the Australian Regular Army and started participating in the graduate medical scheme between 19 February 2009 and 12 February 2013.

    2. The member participates in the graduate medical scheme.

    See: Part 1 Schedule B.13, Trainee salary rates, item 7

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



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