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Division B.14: Clearance diver allowance

From DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013

B.14.1 Purpose

Clearance diver allowance compensates members for the stress and environmental factors associated with clearance diving activities.

B.14.2 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition
clearance diving support activities Means activities that provide on-line support for a clearance diver team. These activities do not require the member to be a qualified clearance diver.
clearance diving team

Means either of the following.
a. An ADF clearance diving team.
b. A similar team that is under the direction of a foreign government, and that is approved by the CDF for the purposes of this Division.

decompression illness Means the illness caused by gases, which have been dissolved under pressure in the bloodstream, returning to their natural state.
deep dive Means a dive to a depth greater than 54 metres, whether in sea water or in a recompression chamber. It does not mean an experimental dive under a Defence Force Trial Directive.
Mine Hunter Coastal Unit

Means either of the following.
a. An ADF Mine Hunter Coastal Unit.
b. A unit that is under the direction of a foreign government, and that is approved by the CDF for the purposes of this Division.

recompression chamber Means a hyperbaric chamber constructed specifically for the purpose of replicating the pressure found at a given depth of water.

Persons who can make the decision under section B.14.2, definition of clearance diving team, on behalf of the CDF:
Chief of Staff – Fleet Command
Commander Australian Fleet

Persons who can make the decision under section B.14.2, definition of Mine Hunter Costal Unit, on behalf of the CDF:
Chief of Navy

B.14.3 Member this allowance applies to

Clearance diver allowance may apply to any member who performs or provides support to clearance diving activities in the Permanent Forces and Reserves.

B.14.4 Conditions for eligibility for clearance diver allowance

  1. A member is eligible for clearance diver allowance if all of the following conditions are met.

    1. The member is performing a period of continuous full-time service.

    2. The member is a qualified clearance diver.

    3. The member is posted to any of the following positions.

      1. Clearance diving team.

      2. Mine Hunter Coastal Unit.

      3. RAN diving school.

      4. Explosive ordnance disposal or improvised explosive device disposal response team.

      5. An overseas exchange position in the United Kingdom that is required to perform clearance diving duties.

  2. A member is eligible for clearance diver allowance if the member meets either of the following conditions.

    1. The member meets all of the following conditions.

      1. The member is on a period of continuous full-time service.

      2. The member is a qualified clearance diver.

      3. The member is posted to Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group.

    2. The member is posted to a position that performs clearance diving support activities.

  3. A member is eligible for clearance diver allowance if both of the following conditions are met.

    1. The member is a qualified clearance diver.

    2. The member is directed on a day to perform clearance diving duties that are similar to any of the following positions.

      1. Clearance diving team.

      2. Mine Hunter Coastal Unit.

      3. RAN diving school.

      4. Explosive ordnance disposal or improvised explosive device disposal response team.

  4. A member is eligible for clearance diver allowance if the member meets either of the following conditions.

    1. The member meets both of the following conditions.

      1. The member is a qualified clearance diver.

      2. The member is directed on a day to undertake clearance diving duties similar to any position in Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group.

    2. The member is directed on a day to perform clearance diving support activities for a clearance diver team.

  5. A member who is undergoing initial clearance diver training is eligible for clearance diver allowance if the member meets either of the following conditions.

    1. The member meets both of the following conditions.

      1. The member is on a period of continuous full-time service.

      2. The member is posted to a clearance diver trainee position.

    2. The member has been directed on a day to perform trainee clearance diver activities.

B.14.5 Conditions of eligibility — deep diving

A member who meets the conditions of eligibility under any of the following is eligible for deep dive supplement if the member performs a deep dive.

  1. Subsection B.14.4.1.

  2. Subsection B.14.4.3.

B.14.6 Conditions of eligibility — experimental diving

A member who meets the conditions of eligibility under any of the following is eligible for experimental dive supplement if the member performs an experimental dive under a Defence Force trial directive.

  1. Subsection B.14.4.1.

  2. Subsection B.14.4.3.

B.14.7 Annual rate of clearance diver allowance

An eligible member is to be paid the annual rate of clearance diver allowance as set out in the following table.

Annual rate of allowance
Item A member who has met the conditions of eligibility under... and is posted to the position... is to be paid...
1. B.14.4.1 a. Clearance diving team. the annual rate listed for item 35, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
b. Mine Hunter Coastal Unit. the annual rate listed for item 27, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
c. RAN diving school.
d. Explosive ordnance disposal or improvised explosive device disposal response team.
e. Overseas exchange diving position in the United Kingdom.
2. B.14.4.2 a. Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group. the annual rate listed for item 5, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
b. Clearance diving support position.
3. B.14.4.5.a Clearance diver trainee position the annual rate listed for item 11, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.

B.14.8 Daily rate of clearance diver allowance

  1. The eligible member is to be paid the daily rate of clearance diver allowance as set out in the following table.

  2. Daily rate of allowance
    Item A member who has met the conditions of eligibility under... and is required to perform duties that are similar to those performed in the position of... is to be paid...
    1. B.14.4.3 a. Clearance diving team. the daily rate listed for item 37, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    b. Mine Hunter Coastal Unit. the daily rate listed for item 30, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    c. RAN diving school.
    d. Explosive ordnance disposal or improvised explosive device disposal response team.
    2. B.14.4.4 a. Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group. the daily rate listed for item 32, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
    b. Clearance diving support position.
    3. B.14.4.5.b Clearance diver trainee position. the daily rate listed for item 14, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
  3. A member who is eligible for both an annual rate and a daily rate of clearance diver allowance for the same period is to be paid the higher of the two relevant rates.

B.14.9 Supplementary rate for deep dive activities

  1. An eligible member under section B.14.5 is to be paid the sum of the amounts in paragraphs a. and b. below for a deep dive activity as follows.

    1. For each deep dive, the member is to be paid the amount listed at item 40, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.

    2. For each hour or part hour of the deep dive, the member is to be paid the amount listed at item 41, table 1 in Part F of this Determination, for up to a maximum of five hours.

    3. Exception: CDF may approve payment of the hourly rate for more than five hours, having regard to each of the following factors affecting the member.

      a. The nature of the dive

      b. The severity of any decompression illness.

      c. The circumstances of any therapeutic treatment.

      d. Any other factor relevant to the dive.

  2. In respect of paragraph B.14.9.1.b above, the hourly rate includes any period that the member is required to undergo therapeutic treatment for decompression illness in a recompression chamber after performing a deep dive.

Persons who can make the decision under section B.14.9.1.b, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Commander Australian Navy Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group

B.14.10 Supplementary rate for experimental dive activities

An eligible member under section B.14.6 is to be paid an amount that is the sum of the amounts in paragraphs a. and b. below for an experimental dive activity.

  1. For each experimental dive, the member is to be paid the amount as set out in column 4 of the table below.

  2. For each hour or part hour of the experimental dive, the member is to be paid the amount as set out in column 5 of the table below.

Supplementary rate of allowance
Column 1
Grade of dive
Column 2
A...
Column 3
at this grade level involves...
Column 4
and the member is to be paid this amount for each dive...
Column 5
plus this rate for each hour (and part hour) of the dive...
1. dive, other than a deep dive, using in-service equipment and approved Service procedures the on occurrence rate listed for item 42, table 1 in Part F of this Determination. the hourly rate listed for item 43, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
2. deep dive using in-service equipment and approved Service procedures the on occurrence rate listed for item 44, table 1 in Part F of this Determination. the hourly rate listed for item 10, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
3. dive, other than a deep dive, using non in-service equipment or procedures which significantly extend the limit of physiological knowledge the on occurrence rate listed for item 45, table 1 in Part F of this Determination. the hourly rate listed for item 46, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.
4. deep dive using non in-service equipment or procedures which significantly extend the limit of physiological knowledge or data involving saturation diving the on occurrence rate listed for item 47, table 1 in Part F of this Determination. the hourly rate listed for item 48, table 1 in Part F of this Determination.

B.14.11 Interactions with other allowances

  1. A member who is eligible for clearance diver allowance and unpredictable explosives allowance under Division B.15 for the same period is to be paid the higher of the two relevant rates.

  2. A member who is eligible for clearance diver allowance and Special Forces disability allowance under Division B.12 for the same period is to be paid the higher of the two relevant rates.

  3. To remove doubt, a member entitled to payment of trainee allowance may also be entitled to payment of clearance diver allowance under either of the following sections for the same period.

    1. Section B.14.7, table item 3 (trainee clearance diver on Reserve days).

    2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member on Reserve days 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 days.

    3. Subsection B.14.8.1, table item 3 (trainee clearance diver on continuous full-time service).

  4. For the purposes of subsection B.14.11.5, a member's entitlement to any of the following allowances may be affected by payment of clearance diver allowance.

    1. Adventurous training instructor allowance.

    2. Arduous conditions instructor allowance.

    3. Boarding party allowance.

    4. Diving allowance.

    5. Field allowance.

    6. Flying disability allowance.

    7. Paratrooper allowance.

    8. Maritime disability allowance.

    9. Maritime sustainability allowance.

    10. Submarine escape allowance.

  5. A member's entitlement to payment of clearance diver allowance may affect their entitlement to payment of allowances listed in subsection 4 as set out in the following table.

Effect on other allowances
Item A member paid clearance diver allowance under... is entitled to payment of these allowances for the same period...
1. section B.14.7
(annual rate)
any of the allowances listed under subsection B.14.11.4, except diving allowance.
2. section B.14.8
(daily rate)
any of the allowances listed under subsection B.14.11.4, except diving allowance.
3. section B.14.9
(deep dive)
any of the allowances listed under subsection B.14.11.4, except the following.
a. Diving allowance.
b. Submarine escape disability allowance.
4. section B.14.10
(experimental dive)
any of the allowances listed under subsection B.14.11.4, except the following.
a. Diving allowance.
b. Submarine escape disability allowance.

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



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