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Division 2: Removal of furniture and effects

6.5.8 Purpose

This Division describes what will and will not be removed at Commonwealth expense.

6.5.9 Items removed at Commonwealth expense

The Commonwealth will cover the costs of removing all of an eligible member's portable household items. They must be furniture and effects normally used for domestic purposes.

6.5.10 Limitations on certain items

This table describes certain items that will be removed if they are portable and within specific limits.

Limits on certain items
Item If the item is a... then it will be removed only if it...
1. small boat, canoe, kayak or other small watercraft is no longer than 5.7m and no heavier than 51kg.
2. larger boat capable of being carried on a trailer falls within the definition of a towable item.
3. lawn locker or tool shed has been dismantled and packed securely by the member.
4. motor bike, trail bike or mini-bike is:
  1. packed and crated by the member, and
  2. drained of all petrol and oil.

6.5.11 Items not removed at Commonwealth expense

  1. The ADF is a mobile force. Members have to move frequently, sometimes at short notice. It is important that members' inventories contain items that it is reasonable to move.

  2. The Commonwealth will remove only items that are portable. A portable item is one that meets both of these criteria.

    1. It can be handled by a crew of two people (after dismantling, if required).

    2. Additional equipment, such as a crane or a forklift, would not be needed to move it.

      Examples: Heavy machinery items and workshop equipment such as forges are not portable items.

  3. The Commonwealth will not remove the items in this table.

    Items not removed
    Item Type of item Examples
    1. Dangerous items Flammable items
    Gas bottles which have not been professionally emptied
    Firearms
    2. Living items Livestock
    Birds or poultry
    Plants (including indoor plants), shrubs, trees
    3. Irreplaceable items Stamp and coin collections
    Private papers (wills, passports and similar items)
    Jewellery
    Furs
    4. Bulk fuel and building items Firewood, coal
    Timber
    Bricks
    Garages, carports
    5. Hard to trace items Currency

6.5.12 Removal of urgently required items

  1. The CDF may grant a removal of essential household items before the bulk of the furniture and effects are removed. The items must be urgently required.

  2. The member may organise the removal of the urgently required items through either of the following:

    1. The Commonwealth removalist.

    2. Private arrangements.

  3. The CDF may approve private arrangements under subsection 2. The means chosen must be the most cost-effective within the required time frame.

  4. If the CDF does approve them, the member is eligible for the reimbursement of the cost of the arrangements. Items approved for removal at Commonwealth expense may be transported by road, rail or sea.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 6.5.12.1 and subsection 6.5.12.3 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

6.5.13 Hire of replacement household items

  1. An item of furniture or effects may be lost or damaged beyond use during a removal. If this happens, a member is eligible for the reimbursement of the cost of hiring a replacement item while they wait for a decision on an indemnity or insurance claim. They are eligible for the reimbursement of hiring costs if all of these criteria are met.

    1. The removal was at Commonwealth expense.

    2. The item was useable at uplift.

    3. The item was packed by the approved removalist.

    4. The missing or damaged item is an essential household item.

    5. The loss or damage is reported to the Commonwealth removalist at the new location.

    6. A replacement item is not available from local Service sources.

  2. The eligibility ends when either of the following happens.

    1. The original item is delivered or repaired.

    2. The member is given a payment to replace the item.

  3. The member may be reimbursed the costs of using a laundromat washing machine and dryer if both of these criteria are met.

    1. Their washing machine is lost or damaged during a removal.

    2. They cannot hire a suitable replacement machine at the gaining location.

    See also: Part 4 section 6.4.5, Repair or hire of items

6.5.14 Technical help for dismantling and installing items

  1. Members are to be reimbursed the reasonable labour costs for technical help to dismantle and reinstall some items if it is not reasonable for the member or their dependants to dismantle or reinstall the items.

    Examples:

    1. TV antennae or satellite dishes.
    2. Waterbeds.
    3. Piano tuning.
    4. Security alarm systems.
    5. Window-mounted air conditioners. This includes minor alterations to windows to make an air conditioning unit fit.
    6. Audio visual equipment.
    7. Professional emptying of gas bottles.
  2. A member may only be reimbursed for installation of an item if it was dismantled in a previous removal.

    Example: A member receives technical help to dismantle a TV antenna. In the new residence, the member chooses to have a different TV antenna installed. The reimbursement is limited to the cost of dismantling the original antenna as the item installed is not the item that was dismantled.

  3. The member is not to be reimbursed under this section for the cost of any major alterations to windows or building structures.

  4. To be reimbursed, the member must do both of the following.

    1. Get any necessary approvals from relevant authorities. This includes landlords, the Commonwealth removalist and local councils.

    2. Give the Commonwealth removalist a receipt from the service provider when the work is done.

6.5.15 Privately arranged removals – eligibility and conditions for assistance

  1. A member may choose to make private removal arrangements instead of using the Commonwealth removalist. The member is eligible for Commonwealth assistance if they make private arrangements for either of these reasons.

    1. For personal reasons.

    2. Because they are urgently required to move for Service reasons.

  2. They are not eligible for Commonwealth assistance if they make private arrangements for a removal in either of these circumstances.

    1. In anticipation of posting before a posting authority is issued.

      See: Division 4 section 6.5.30, Removal in anticipation of a posting – before posting authority issued

    2. In advance of ceasing continuous full-time service.

      See: Division 6 section 6.5.46, Removal on ceasing continuous full-time service

  3. The member must seek the advice of the CDF to confirm their eligibility for a private removal.

  4. The removal may be arranged through a commercial removal company, or personally by the member.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.15.3 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

6.5.16 Privately arranged removals – eligibility

  1. For a privately arranged removal, the member is eligible for the reimbursement of costs up to the amount the Commonwealth would have paid the approved removalist to do the removal.

  2. The member is eligible for storage at Commonwealth expense if both of these criteria are met.

    1. The items are in the Commonwealth removalist's store.

    2. The items would have been stored at Commonwealth expense if the Commonwealth had arranged the removal.

  3. If the member carries out the removal personally, the CDF may approve reimbursement of reasonable costs. These costs may be reimbursed.

    1. Costs of hire and fuel for a suitable removal vehicle.

    2. Vehicle allowance for use of a private vehicle for the distance from the old to the new residences. The amount payable must be no more than the limit of vehicle allowance in Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 3.

      See: Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 3, Authorised travel on removal

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.16.3 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
Contract Manager Relocation Services
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

6.5.17 Unused removal benefit

A member may choose not to take up a removal benefit during a period of posting. This does not affect their eligibility for the next posting. They cannot add an unused benefit to their eligibility on a future posting.

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




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