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Division 3: Completion bonuses

3.5.15 Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Division is to establish a bonus scheme to assist in the retention of qualified and experienced members in certain occupations.

  2. These occupations are currently the following.

    1. Medical and dental officers.

    2. Certain members in the Submarine Arm of the Navy.

3.5.16 Structure of this Division

This Division is structured as follows:

  1. the main body of the Division sets out the general provisions applicable to all completion bonus schemes, including the general eligibility requirements and conditions of payment; and

  2. Annex 3.5.C sets out the provisions on occupation-specific matters (including particular features of eligibility, the amount of bonus and the required periods of effective service).

  3. Note: Annex 3.5.CA contains details of the administrative arrangements for each eligible occupation, and must be read in conjunction with the determined provisions. (Parts 1, 2 and 3 to this Annex repeat the relevant Instructions from the former INDMAN as in force on 30 June 2001).

3.5.17 Definitions

In this Part:

effective service, for a member, means:

  1. continuous full-time service for which salary is payable, other than:

    1. a period of training or a posting that gives rise to a return of service obligation, unless the training is relevant training, or the posting is an overseas posting, that begins after the member acknowledges an offer; or

    2. a period for which a return of service obligation applies, unless that obligation is for relevant training, or for an overseas posting, that begins after the member acknowledges an offer; or

    3. a period of prospective service; or

    4. a period of detention; and

  2. a period of leave without pay not longer than 21 days.

overseas posting, for a member, means a posting that is directly relevant to the member's occupation specified in the Part of Annex 3.5.C that applies to the member.

relevant training, for a member, means postgraduate or other professional or trade training that is directly relevant to the member's occupation specified in the Part of Annex 3.5.C that applies to the member.

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 and on Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

3.5.18 Eligible member

  1. A member is an eligible member for this Part if the member:

    1. is a member to whom a Part of Annex 3.5.C applies; and

    2. is rendering full-time service for which salary is payable; and

    3. meets the medical fitness standards for duty in the relevant occupation; and

    4. is otherwise suitable for continued service because of the member's efficiency and competence.

  2. A member does not cease to be an eligible member by reason only that the member is promoted to a rank higher than the rank (if any) specified for the relevant occupation in Annex 3.5.C.

3.5.19 Offer of completion bonus

  1. The CDF may offer a completion bonus to an eligible member.

  2. The offer must state a required period of effective service equal to a period mentioned in column 1 of the table in the Part of Annex 3.5.C that applies to the member.

  3. The completion bonus offered must be the amount mentioned in column 2 of the table opposite the period in column 1 equal to the required period of effective service stated in the offer.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 3.5.19.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director General Personnel – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.5.20 Completion bonus

  1. An eligible member who receives an offer under section 3.5.19 is entitled to the completion bonus offered if the member:

    1. acknowledges the offer in writing; and

    2. renders the required period of effective service (or periods of effective service the sum of which equal the required period) stated in the offer; and

    3. during the required period (or periods the sum of which equal the required period) continues to be an eligible member.

  2. For paragraph 1.a, if the Part of Annex 3.5.C that applies to the member specifies a date, the member must acknowledge the offer on or before that date.

  3. For paragraph 1.b, the required period of effective service does not include any period of service rendered before the member acknowledges the offer.

3.5.21 Early payment in certain circumstances

  1. This section applies if a member does not render the required period of effective service in relation to an offer under this Division because the member:

    1. dies; or

    2. the CDF considers that the member ceased to be eligible for reasons beyond their control.

  2. The member (or if the member has died, the member's legal personal representative) is entitled to an amount worked out using the formula:

    Bonus amount   x   effective service rendered
    required period of effective service

    where:

    bonus amount is the completion bonus amount offered to the member.

    effective service rendered is the number of days of effective service rendered by the member after the member acknowledged the offer.

    required period of effective service is the required period of effective service (in days) stated in the offer.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 3.5.21.1.b on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director General Personnel – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force

3.5.22 Special provisions for eligible member

A Part of Annex 3.5.C may set out special provisions for an eligible member to whom that Part applies.

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



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