skip to navigation skip to content skip to footer

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 with dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied) may be provided with Commonwealth assistance for a removal for their dependants to a personal location if both of the following conditions are met.

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

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

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

    Note: Removals under this section are subject to the limits set out in Division 2, Removal of furniture and effects.

  2. The CDF must consider the following criteria when making a decision under subsection 1.

    1. The seriousness of the reasons for the compassionate removal.

    2. The nature of care or assistance required by a 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.

    5. 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. The member may be eligible for a removal under this section.

      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. The member is not eligible for a removal under this section.

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

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

Persons who can make the decisions under paragraph 6.5.19.1.a and paragraph 6.5.19.1.b 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


6.5.19A Removal to a personal location for employment or study

  1. The CDF may grant a member with dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied) a removal at Commonwealth expense for their dependants to a personal location if satisfied that all the following conditions are met.

    1. The move is necessary for the member's spouse or partner to undertake specified employment or a specified period of study in the personal location.

    2. Notes:
      1. Employment does not include home based employment.
      2. Study is for face-to-face study.

    3. The move occurs within a period of three months before or after a member’s posting to a new location.

    4. The member is posted to the new posting location for duty for six months or more.

    5. The personal location is closer to the member's new posting location than the losing location.

    6. Example: A member and dependants live in Canberra. The member is posted to Adelaide, but the member's partner gets a job in Melbourne. The personal location is closer to Adelaide and meets the distance requirements.

  2. The CDF may extend the removal period under paragraph 1.b if it is considered reasonable in the circumstances.

  3. Example: The member's posting to the new location is to commence on 1 July. The member's partner is to commence employment at the personal location on 16 March. It is considered reasonable for the early removal of the dependant's possessions to allow for the member's partner to commence their employment.

  4. A removal granted under subsection 1 has the following two components.

    1. On the member’s posting — a limited removal for the member from the losing location to the new posting location.

    2. Within the period under paragraph 1.b or the extended period under subsection 2 — removal of the member’s household furniture and effects from the losing location to the personal location.

    3. Note: The member’s household furniture and effects are not moved to the member’s new posting location before being removed to the personal location.

  5. A removal under this section is limited to the amount the Commonwealth would have paid to move the member’s household furniture and effects to their new posting location from both of the following locations.

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

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

    Note: Removals under this section are subject to the limits set out in Division 2, Removal of furniture and effects.

  6. The member must pay any costs greater than the amount the Commonwealth would have paid for a removal to a personal location for employment or study.

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

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 6.5.19A.1 and subsection 6.5.19A.2 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.

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

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

>
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.




I want to know more...

Further info

Contact

Toll Transitions

1800 819 167

www.tollgroup.com/tolltransitions

Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

YourCustomer.Service@defence.gov.au