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Division 3: Removal to a personal location where benefits are provided

6.5.18 Purpose

  1. This Division describes a member's benefits when they choose to have their dependants live at a personal location.

  2. In most cases, no benefits are provided in relation to a member's dependants if they live in a personal location.

    Related Information: This exclusion may extend to housing assistance. Chapter 7, ADF housing and meals, provides more information on housing eligibility.

    See: Chapter 8 Part 3 Division 1 subsection 8.3.6.6, Member who may be classified as a member with dependants (unaccompanied)

  3. This Division sets out benefits available if special circumstances cause the member's dependants to live at a personal location. If the family is removed, the personal location is described as a personal location where benefits are provided.

6.5.19 Compassionate removal to a personal location where benefits are provided

  1. A member may be provided with Commonwealth assistance with a removal for their dependants to a personal location if all the following conditions are met.

    See: Chapter 8 Part 3 Division 1 subsection 8.3.6.6, Member who may be classified as a member with dependants (unaccompanied)

    1. The member is a member with dependants.

    2. The CDF is satisfied that there are substantial compassionate reasons for the removal of the dependants to a personal location.

    3. The CDF determines the removal is in the interests of the ADF.

  2. The CDF must consider the following criteria when making a decision under paragraphs 1.b and 1.c.

    1. The seriousness of the issue or condition.

    2. The nature of care or assistance required by the dependant.

    3. Whether the circumstances are likely to be resolved after a reasonably short period of time or are enduring.

    4. Whether the issue can only be addressed by relocating the dependants.

      Example: A member lives in Wagga Wagga. The member's daughter needs ongoing medical care. That care is only available from a hospital in Melbourne. The family decides that the member's dependants should move to Melbourne.

      Non-Example: A member needs child care for their young child. The member would like their mother to provide that care, while the member works. The member's mother lives in another city. The member's mother is not the only source of child care available. Alternative child care could be found at the member's location.

    5. Whether the decision to relocate was prompted by personal or Service-related circumstances.

    6. Whether the member has applied for discharge and is eligible for a discharge removal.

  3. The CDF may grant a member with dependants a removal at Commonwealth expense to a personal location, if satisfied that both the following conditions are met.

    1. The move is necessary to enable the member's spouse or partner to continue in employment or study.

    2. The dependants are being removed to a location that is closer to the member's gaining location than the losing location.

      See: Chapter 9 Part 1 section 9.1.3, Most economical means of travel

  4. Commonwealth spending on a removal to a personal location under this section is limited. The limit is the amount that would have been spent on moving the furniture and effects of the member's household to their new posting location from both of the following places.

    1. The member's residence in the old location.

    2. Any location where the member has goods in storage at Commonwealth expense.

  5. This table shows who pays for activities involved in a removal to a personal location where benefits are provided.

    Who pays for removal activities
    Item If the removal activity is... then the Commonwealth pays... and the member pays...
    1. removal (from residence and store) of furniture and effects needed at the personal location up to the full amount of what a removal to the posting location would have cost any costs beyond that amount.
    2. removal of furniture and effects not needed at the personal location to the Commonwealth removalist's store at the losing location for the removal to the store storage charges on the items.
    3. continued storage, after the effective date of posting, of other furniture and effects previously stored at Commonwealth expense nothing storage charges on the items.
  6. The member must pay costs beyond the Commonwealth spending limit for a removal to a personal location.

  7. If the cost of removal to a personal location is less than the cost of a removal to the member's new location, the member is not eligible for the difference.

  8. The reasons for a removal may cause the member financial hardship. If this happens, the CDF may approve payment beyond the limits provided in this section. The CDF must consider the following criteria.

    1. Whether the member's reasons for removal were compassionate.

    2. Whether the member's financial hardship was caused by factors other than the compassionate situation.

Persons who can make the decisions under paragraph 6.5.19.1.b, paragraph 6.5.19.1.c, subsection 6.5.19.3 and subsection 6.5.19.8 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Personnel Policy
Director Navy Employment Conditions
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel Policy – Army
Staff Officer Grade 1 – Personnel Policy – Army
Director General Career Management Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Service Conditions – Air Force


6.5.20 Removal to a personal location where benefits are provided instead of a remote location – Army and Air Force

  1. If a member of the Army or Air Force is posted to a remote location for six months or more, the Commonwealth will pay to remove their dependants to a personal location. It will not pay more than it would have paid for a removal to the remote location.

    Note: The list of remote locations is in Annex 5.4.A, Remote locations within Australia – additional recreation leave.

  2. This table shows who pays for removal to a personal location where benefits are provided, and associated storage.

  3. >
    Who pays for removal
    Item Situation The Commonwealth will pay The member must pay
    Removal
    1. Both the following conditions are met.
    1. Items
      Removal is of items that would have been approved for removal to the remote location.
    2. Journey
      From the member's residence and store to the personal location.
    Up to the full amount of what a removal to the remote location would have cost. Any costs beyond that amount.
    2. Both the following conditions are met.
    1. Items
      Removal is of items not approved for removal to the remote location.
    2. Journey
      To the Commonwealth removalist's store.
    All of the cost. Nothing.
    3. Both the following conditions are met.
    1. Items
      Removal is of the member's effects, without furniture.
    2. Journey
      To the personal location.
    Up to the full amount of what a removal to the remote location would have cost. Any costs beyond that amount.
    Storage
    4. Items
    Excess items at the old location.
    All of the cost. Nothing.
    5. Items
    Other items already in store at the time the posting authority is issued.
    All of the cost. Nothing.

6.5.21 Removal to a personal location where benefits are provided instead of a remote location – Navy

  1. This section applies to a member of the Navy who is posted to a remote location for six months or more. The member may remove their dependants to a personal location.

  2. The Commonwealth's contribution towards the cost of the removal is limited to the greater of the following amounts.

    1. The cost of removal to a remote location under the conditions set out in the table in subsection 6.5.20.2.

    2. The cost of full removal of furniture and effects to the member's home port when the home port is not in a remote location.

    3. The cost of removal to the member's home port when the home port is in a remote location. The conditions for a removal to a remote location set out in the table in subsection 6.5.20.2 apply.

  3. The member may choose in writing to remove only their effects to the personal location. The Commonwealth will pay both the following.

    1. Costs that would have been paid to remove the effects to a Service residence in the remote location.

    2. Storage for furniture and effects not needed at the personal location.

6.5.22 Removal of dependants from personal location to current posting location

  1. This section sets out removal benefits where both the following conditions are met.

    1. A member's dependants live in a personal location.

    2. The dependants wish to rejoin the member.

  2. The costs of the dependants' removal to the member's location may be paid in accordance with the following table.

    Who pays for removal
    Item If the costs of removal to the personal location were... then the Commonwealth pays... and the member pays...
    1. not limited up to the full amount for the removal from the personal location to the posting location nothing.
    2. limited or not provided nothing all costs of removal to the posting location.
    3. less than it would have cost for a removal to the posting location an amount equal to the difference between those costs the remaining amount.

    Example: A member's spouse moved away from the member's posting location because she wanted to live somewhere else. The family paid for the removal. The member is posted to a new location, and the spouse decides to rejoin the member. The Commonwealth does not provide a removal for the spouse to move to the member's new location.

  3. The CDF may determine that the full costs of a member's removal are to be paid by the Commonwealth. The CDF should consider the following criteria.

    1. Whether the removal is in the interests of the ADF.

    2. The direct and indirect costs of the removal.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.22.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Personnel Policy
Director Navy Employment Conditions
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel Policy – Army
Staff Officer Grade 1 – Personnel Policy – Army
Director General Career Management Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Service Conditions – Air Force

6.5.23 Overseas personal location

The Commonwealth will not pay for any removal to or from a personal location outside Australia.

Exception: This exception applies to members recruited overseas to work in Australia. Members and dependants may be eligible for an initial removal to Australia.

See: Chapter 14 Part 3 Division 1 section 14.3.13, Benefits if enlisted overseas

Note: A member in this situation may still be eligible to be categorised as a member with dependants (unaccompanied). Limited reunion travel may be available.

See: Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 4 subsection 9.3.30.2, Frequency and cost of reunion travel

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




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