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Division 3: Former medical or dental officer – refresher training

4.8.14 Purpose

Refresher training assistance assists a former member who served as a medical or dental officer with the costs of training to better equip them for civilian practice or employment.

4.8.15 Definition

This table outlines the definition used in this Division.

Definition
Term Definition in this Division

Refresher training course

A course of study, approved by the CDF, to be undertaken by a former member in aspects of medical or dental practice that are not normally found in the ADF.

Persons who can make the decision under section 4.8.15, definition of refersher training course, on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

4.8.16 Members this Division applies to

This Division applies to a former member who served on a fixed-term appointment as a medical or dental officer, if they meet all of these criteria.

  1. They were appointed before graduation or within two years after first registration as a medical or dental practitioner.

  2. They completed at least four years' continuous full-time service as a medical or dental officer before ceasing to be a member.

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

  4. They begin a refresher training course within 12 months of ceasing service.

  5. They have not, on the day they begin the training course, been appointed as an officer on an indefinite appointment.

4.8.17 Conditions for refresher training payment

  1. The former member is eligible for a payment for the refresher training course if the CDF considers it reasonable for them to undertake it.

  2. In deeming it reasonable, the CDF must consider all of these criteria.

    1. How much the length and nature of the former member's service has impaired their ability to undertake civilian medical or dental practice or employment.

    2. How much the former member's completion of the course would remedy any impairment.

    3. Any other factor relevant to the former member's ability to undertake such practice or employment.

  3. Payment is available for the period of a course to a maximum of 90 days.

  4. Only one payment can be made to a member under this Division.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 4.8.17.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Head Navy People and Resources
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

4.8.18 Amount of payment

  1. The amount of payment is worked out by calculating the difference between these two amounts.

    1. The salary the former member would have been receiving (including any higher duties allowance) if, on the day the training course begins, they were still in the ADF with the rank they had when they left it.

    2. The salary (excluding overtime or penalty rates) a civilian employer would pay them on the day they begin the course.

  2. If the member's salary in a. is more than that in b, a daily payment is worked out for the period of the course up to a maximum of 90 days.

    Example 1: A medical officer left the ADF on 30 June on a salary of $70,000 a year. They begin a 90-day refresher training course on 1 February the following year. The salary for their rank in the ADF had risen to $75,000 during those seven months.

    The salary payable to them at the start of the course by the civilian employer is $65,000.

    Their daily rate is therefore $111, worked out as follows:

    $75,000 – $65,000 = $10,000 ÷ 90 = $111

    Example 2: A dental officer left the ADF on 30 June on a salary of $50,000 a year. They begin a 90-day refresher training course on 1 February the following year. The salary for their rank in the ADF had risen to $55,000 over that period.

    The salary payable to them at the start of the course by the civilian employer is $50,000.

    The dental officer is not eligible for a payment.

  3. Applications should be forwarded to the Defence Force Pay Accounting Centre after they are approved. The payment will be made as if it was salary paid on ceasing continuous full-time service.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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