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Division 11: Medical Officers professional development financial support scheme

3.5.82 Purpose

The Division sets out the financial support a medical officer may get when they participate in approved professional development activities.

3.5.83 Definitions

For the purpose of this Division, a member is taken to be a medical officer if they meet the requirements in section A.1.12 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

See: DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, Division A.1 section A.1.12, Specialist officers (definitions)

3.5.84 Member this Division applies to

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

    1. The member is a medical officer.

    2. The member participates in approved professional development activities.

      See: Section 3.5.85, Professional development activities

    3. The member is fit for normal duty.

      Exception: A member does not have to be fit for operational deployment.

  2. This Division ceases to apply to all members on 30 June 2022.

3.5.85 Professional development activities

  1. CDF may approve activities as professional development activities. The CDF must consider all the following factors.

    1. Whether the activity will enhance the member's clinical and professional skills.

    2. Whether the activity could be funded by other means.

      Example: Courses offered under Defence Assisted Study Scheme.

    3. The cost of the activity.

    4. The interests of the Commonwealth.

    5. Any other factors relevant to the member's personal development.

    See also: Defence Instruction (General) Personnel 05-17, Professional development for uniformed Medical Officers in the Australian Defence Force

  2. The following activities cannot be approved as professional development activities under this Division.

    1. Membership of medical colleges or professional organisations that have a primary purpose that is political in nature.

    2. Activities associated with competency-based training to meet the requirements of the specialist career structure.

    3. Activities that can be accessed through the Defence Assisted Study Scheme.

    4. The purchase of computers, personal digital assistants or internet access fees.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.5.85.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Health
Director of Army Health
Officer Commanding Health Support Wing

3.5.86 Amount of financial support

  1. A member of the Permanent Forces may be paid financial support up to a maximum of $10,000 in a financial year.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Permanent Forces may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7.

  3. The following table describes the amounts that may be paid to a member of the Reserves.

    Payments to Reserves
    Item If the member is on... then for this period... they may be paid this amount... up to a maximum of...
    1. a period of continuous full-time service a. 30 continuous days $833.33 $10,000 in a financial year.
    b. less than 30 continuous days nothing
    Exception: the days can be combined with the days in item 2.
    $2000 in a financial year.
    2. Reserve service for each aggregate period of 30 days worked in a financial year
    The days do not have to be worked continuously and can include any days under item 1b.
    $166.67
    for any other days nothing

    Example 1: During a financial year, a member works a period of continuous full time service for 21 days. The member also works nine individual reserve days. The member may claim up to $166.67.

    Example 2: A member works five days per month over six months. The member may claim up to $166.67.

    Example 3: A member is on a period of continuous full time service for three months. The member may claim up to $ 2,500.00.

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

    1. A member on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and on Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

    2. A member 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 on Reserve service.

  5. A member may use up to the maximum under this Division in a single financial year. Any unused funds cannot be paid to the member or carried over to future years.

3.5.87 Access to financial support

  1. A member can be paid financial support under this Division on a reimbursement. Costs associated with approved professional development activities must be paid in full before reimbursement can be made.

    Note: The member must provide evidence of the payment. It is the member's responsibility to provide enough detail to allow the costs to be verified.

  2. A member can be provided financial support under this Division by direct payment to a supplier for an approved professional development activity.

  3. If the CDF considers it reasonable due to exceptional circumstances a member may be paid an advance toward the cost of the professional development activity.

  4. A member may use their Defence travel card for travel associated with an approved professional development activity. Any amount of Commonwealth assistance with the travel counts toward the maximum payment amount under section 3.5.86.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.5.87.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Health
Director of Army Health
Officer Commanding Health Support Wing

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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  • Defence Instruction (General) Personnel 05-17, Professional development for uniformed Medical Officers in the Australian Defence Force
    (This document is available on the Defence intranet or through the Defence Service Centre.)

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