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Part 6: Additional benefits for star rank officers

4.6.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is threefold.

  1. To recognise and reward the professional contribution of star rank officers in meeting the greater internal and external demands involved in giving effect to the Government's Defence policy.

  2. To provide employment conditions that reflect contemporary management practices.

  3. To retain highly skilled star rank officers.

4.6.2 Member this Part applies to

  1. This Part applies to a member who holds a star rank.

  2. Sections 4.6.4 to 4.6.6 inclusive, also apply to members of the Reserves who hold a star rank.

  3. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves may be described as a member in Service category 2, 3, 4 or 5.

  4. Section 4.6.7 also applies to members of the Reserves on continuous full-time service who hold a star rank.

  5. Note: 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 and Service option C.

4.6.3 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Part.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Part
Star rank The substantive rank of Brigadier or higher. This includes a reference to that rank in relation to a member who is promoted for a specified period under regulation 35 of the Defence (Personnel) Regulation 2002.

4.6.4 Membership of airline club

A member is eligible to the basic membership of an airline club of a Government-contracted carrier at Commonwealth expense.

4.6.5 Mobile telephones and hand held devices

  1. The member is eligible for a mobile telephone or other handheld device.

    Example: A BlackBerry.

  2. The Department of Defence will meet the cost of providing and operating the telephone or device, including limited personal use.

  3. A member of the Reserves is only eligible under this section when both the following apply.

    1. The member has 100 days of expected liability to serve in the financial year.

    2. The member's commanding officer or manager approves that the benefit be made available, having regard to the duties that the member is required to perform.

Note: Defence Instruction (General) Communications and Information Systems, Mobile telephones and related services, contains rules about how to use Departmental mobile information and communications technology.

4.6.6 Executive vehicle allowance

  1. This section does not apply to any of the following classes of members.

    1. The member holds the rank of Lieutenant General or higher.

    2. The member uses a special Defence vehicle for their command appointment.

  2. A member is eligible to be paid executive vehicle allowance.

  3. A member of the Reserves may be paid the allowance under this section for any day that they perform duty for which salary is payable.

  4. A pro-rata amount of the annual rate of the allowance may be paid for the days a member performs duty when the member is any of the following.

    1. A member on part-time leave without pay.

    2. A member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service.

    3. A member on leave without pay (flexible service determination) is not paid executive vehicle allowance in respect of a nonworking day under their pattern of service.

    4. Note: 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 and Service option C.

      Note: The pro-rata amount is calculated using a 14 day fortnight.

  5. The member is eligible for an allowance at the relevant rate provided in the following table.

    Rate of allowance
    Item A member... with a rank of... is eligible for an allowance at the rate of...
    1. on continuous full-time service O-7 $25,208 a year.
    O-8 $26,928 a year.
    2. on Reserve service O-7 $69.06 a day.
    O-8 $73.78 a day.

    Note 1: The allowance is paid on a fortnightly basis in addition to salary and does not count for superannuation purposes.

    Note 2: Calculation of the fortnightly payment is based on a 14 day fortnight.

  6. Note 3: In the total workforce model, 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 of the Reserves on Reserve service.

  7. A member who holds a temporary or acting star rank is eligible for a pro-rata amount of the allowance if the member holds the temporary or acting rank for a continuous period of four weeks or more. The rate the member may be eligible for under subsection 3 is shown in the following table.

    Rate when performing temporary or acting star rank
    Item A member who has a substantive rank of... performing higher duties at a rank of... is eligible for an allowance rate for the rank of...
    1. O-6 or lower O-7 O-7
    2. O-7

    O-8

    O-8
    3. O-8 O-9 or higher O-8

    Note: For a Reserve member, the four-week period may include days when the member does not perform duty. This only applies when the member stays at a star rank level and does not perform duty at their substantive rank during the period.

  8. A member who receives the allowance must make use of shuttle services and other official vehicles, not commercial transport providers, for transport for official purposes in their posting location, if reasonably practicable.

  9. A member who receives executive vehicle allowance is not normally eligible to receive vehicle allowance.

    See: Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 1 section 9.6.6, Member this Part does not apply to

4.6.7 Parking space or permit

  1. A member is eligible for either of the following.

    1. A parking space at or near their posting location.

    2. A parking permit.

  2. The member may be required to make a contribution towards the parking space or permit.

    See: Part 11, Parking

Application to Reservists: Yes.



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  • Defence Instruction (General) Communications and Information Systems, Mobile telephones and related services
    (This document is available on the Defence intranet or through the Defence Service Centre.)
  • Tax alerts, items 38 to 41

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