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Division 1: ADF district allowance – general and rates

4.4.3 Purpose

District allowance compensates for service in a location in Australia that involves hardship. The hardship must be caused by remoteness, harsh climate and cost of living.

4.4.4 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Division
Grade For a remote location, the grade specified for it in Annex 4.4.A.
Harbour craft A vessel that is not liable, in the ordinary course of duty with the ADF, to be ordered to sea.
Remote location A location mentioned in Annex 4.4.A.

4.4.5 Members who are eligible

  1. A member is eligible for ADF district allowance if they meet any of these conditions.

    1. They are posted to, and live at, a remote location.

    2. They serve on temporary duty at a remote location for a continuous period of more than 21 days.

    3. They are posted for service in a seagoing ship based at a remote location.

    4. The CDF recognises the member meets all of the following conditions.

      1. They are performing duty at a location that is not listed in Annex 4.4.A.

      2. They serve at an isolated location.

      3. Their duty is for a continuous period of more than 21 days.

  2. A member on Reserve service is eligible for ADF district allowance if they meet both these conditions.

    1. They serve on temporary duty at a remote location.

    2. Their temporary duty is for a continuous period of more than 21 days.

    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.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 4.4.5.1.d on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director General Personnel – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force

4.4.6 Members who are not eligible

A member is not eligible for ADF district allowance for any period when they are eligible for Antarctic allowance.

See: Division 6, Allowances for service in the Antarctic – Antarctic allowance

4.4.7 Period of eligibility

This table sets out an eligible member's period of eligibility for ADF district allowance.

Period of eligibility
Item If the member is... then their period of eligibility is...
from to
1. posted for duty at a remote location and they live there the later of these two days:
  1. the effective date of the members posting to the location
  2. the day the member arrives at the location.
the day immediately before they leave the location.
2. posted for service in a seagoing ship or submarine based at a remote location
3. serving on temporary duty at a remote location for a continuous period of more than 21 days the day the member begins the period of temporary duty the day immediately before they leave the location.
4. on temporary duty away from the remote location set out in section 4.4.11.
See: Division 2 section 4.4.11, Absence for temporary duty
5. posted for service in a seagoing ship or submarine that is away from its remote location

Example 1: A member is posted to a remote location to begin duty in January. They move their dependants to the location in December so they can settle into accommodation and sort out schooling. The member arrives in January to begin duty. Their eligibility for ADF district allowance begins on the day the member arrives.

Example 2: A member posted to Canberra undertakes 24 days' continuous temporary duty in Townsville. The member qualifies for ADF district allowance after 21 days. The allowance is paid with effect from their first day of temporary duty in Townsville.

4.4.8 Grading of locations

  1. Remote locations are graded A, B, C, D and E according to how difficult they are. Annex 4.4.A contains a list of currently approved locations and grades.

    See: Annex 4.4.A, Remote locations for ADF district allowance

  2. Members who are eligible under paragraph 4.4.5.1.d are paid at the grade of the remote location in Annex 4.4.A that the CDF decides is in the general area of the isolated location of duty. The CDF must have regard to the conditions expressed in section 4.4.3.

    Example: The member is performing duty at Numbulwar, an isolated location in the Northern Territory. Nearby locations from Annex 4.4.A in the general area include Tindal and Jabiru. Tindal is a grade D remote location. Jabiru is a grade E remote location. The CDF considers the conditions of living in Numbulwar and decides that members performing duty there should receive the same allowance rate as Tindal.

    See:
    Section 4.4.3, Purpose
    Paragraph 4.4.5.1.d, Members who are eligible

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 4.4.8.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director General Personnel – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force

4.4.9 Rate of allowance – member living in

The following table sets out the rates of ADF district allowance payable to a member who lives in at a remote location.

District allowance
Item If the member is living in at a location graded... then their yearly rate of allowance is ($)...
1.
A
920
2.
B
2,630
3.
C
3,290
4.
D
4,610
5.
E
5,270

4.4.10 Rate of allowance – member living out

  1. This table sets out the rate of ADF district allowance payable to a member who lives out at a remote location.

    District allowance
    Item If the member is a member... and they are living out at a location graded... then their yearly rate of allowance is...
    ($)
    1. with dependants, and items 2 or 4 do not apply
    A
    2,635
    B
    7,520
    C
    9,400
    D
    13,165
    E
    15,050
    2. with dependants, and one or more of those dependants meets both these conditions.
    1. The dependant is an ADF member or an APS employee in Defence.
    2. The dependant is paid ADF district allowance or district allowance under the Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement 2012-2014.
    A
    1,320
    B
    3,760
    C
    4,700
    D
    6,585
    E
    7,525
    3. with dependants (unaccompanied)
    A
    1,320
    B
    3,760
    C
    4,700
    D
    6,585
    E
    7,525
    4. without dependants
    A
    1,320
    B
    3,760
    C
    4,700
    D
    6,585
    E
    7,525
  2. This subsection applies to a member living out who must live in for Service reasons then go back to living out immediately afterwards. The member is taken to be living out for these periods.

    1. The period they live in, up to 30 days.

    2. Any further part of the period they live in while any dependants remain at the remote location.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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