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Division 4: Postings or deployments

6.5.24 Purpose

This Division describes a member's eligibility for a removal when they are posted or deployed.

6.5.25 Resident child carer does not attract any benefit

If a member eligible for a removal under this Division has a resident child carer, the resident child carer's furniture and effects are not removed or stored at Commonwealth expense.

See: Chapter 7 Part 1 Division 3 section 7.1.14, for the definition of resident child carer

6.5.26 Posting of six months or more

  1. A member who is posted for duty in Australia on a posting of six months or more is eligible for a removal at Commonwealth expense from the losing posting location to the gaining posting location.

  2. The removal of furniture and effects is subject to the limits described in the item in the following table, that is relevant to the residence at the gaining location.

    Removal limits
    Item If the residence at the gaining posting location is... the removal from the losing location will include...
    1. a furnished or partly furnished residence necessary furniture and effects.
    2. an unfurnished residence all furniture and effects.

    Example: A member has been allocated a Service residence in the gaining posting location. The residence includes built-in wardrobes in all the bedrooms. The member has portable wardrobes that will not be needed in the new residence. The wardrobes will not be moved to the new residence.

  3. Furniture and effects that are not removed to the gaining location may be stored at Commonwealth expense under Division 7, Storage of furniture and effects.

    See: Division 7, Storage of furniture and effects

6.5.27 Posting of member with dependants (unaccompanied)

  1. A member is eligible for a removal at Commonwealth expense if the following circumstances apply.

    1. The member goes on a posting for duty in Australia of six months or more.

    2. The member is a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. The member may be granted a removal at Commonwealth expense of furniture and effects necessary to furnish the member's accommodation at the gaining location.

    Note: Chapter 7 Part 8 Division 4 section 7.8.25 provides that a member with dependants unaccompanied can get assistance to hire items similar to those that the member's dependants need to keep at the losing location.

  3. If the member has more than six months of posting period to serve at the gaining location, the member may use the removal assistance provided under subsections 6.5.26.2 and 6.5.26.3 to remove their dependants to the gaining location.

6.5.28 Removal of gap year members

  1. In this section, ADF gap year means a program of up to 12 months in duration, for members of the Australian community to experience military training and lifestyle on a placement in the Permanent Forces or Reserves.

    See: Military Personnel Policy Manual Part 2 Chapter 4, Australian Defence Force Gap Year

  2. This section applies to a member who is participating in the ADF gap year and meets either of the following conditions.

    1. The member is posted for less than six months.

    2. The member is posted for six months or more and both the following apply.

      1. A removal has been deferred until after the date of posting.

      2. The member has less than six months to serve at the post.

        Note: Gap year members are not subject to the limitations under section 6.5.35, Removal deferred until after posting date.

    Related Information:

    1. A gap year member who is posted for six months or more and to whom paragraph 6.5.28.2.b does not apply, may be eligible for a removal under section 6.5.26, Posting of six months or more.

    2. Members in this situation may also be eligible for storage. See Division 7 section 6.5.55, Newly enlisted members.

  3. The CDF may grant a member a removal at Commonwealth expense from the losing posting location to the gaining posting location. In making this decision the CDF must consider why the member is otherwise excluded from having a removal benefit.

  4. A removal granted under this section is subject to the limitations set out in subsection 6.5.26.2.

    See: Section 6.5.26, Posting of six months or more

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.28.3 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


6.5.29 Removal between residences in the posting location – Australia

  1. This table describes benefits for members who must move between residences in a posting location in Australia. (For overseas removals, see Chapter 14, Relocating to or from a long-term posting overseas.)

    Benefits
    Item If an eligible member... then they are eligible for a removal of furniture and effects...
    1.
    1. is required to vacate Service accommodation for reasons beyond their control; or
      See: Chapter 7 Part 6, Service residences
    2. must vacate accommodation for which rent allowance is payable for reasons beyond their control
    Note: Reasons beyond a member's control does not include the breakdown of a marriage or partnership.
    1. from that accommodation to another residence; or
    2. to an approved store in the same location.
    2.
    1. is occupying a service residence or accommodation for which rent allowance is payable, and
    2. acquires a suitable own home in the posting location.
    to that home. This only applies if the member is to serve in the posting location for a period of 12 months.
    Exception: A home described in subsection 3.
    3.
    1. has been approved to proceed on posting as a member with dependants (unaccompanied); and
    2. their dependants are occupying a service residence or accommodation for which rent allowance is payable; and
    3. they acquire a suitable own home in the dependants' location.
    to that home. This only applies if the member's dependants are to remain at the new home for a period of 12 months.
    Exception: A home described in subsection 3.
    4.
    1. has an own home in their posting location but is not required to live in it, and
    2. must vacate a Service residence or accommodation for which rent allowance is payable; and
    3. the reason for the move is beyond their control; and
    4. consequently intends to occupy their suitable own home

    Note: Reasons beyond a member's control does not include the breakdown of a marriage or partnership.

    See: Chapter 7 Part 2
    Division 2, Home becomes unsuitable
    Division 3, Home may be unsuitable if it is rented out
    1. to that home; or
    2. to an approved store while they wait for vacant possession of their own home; and then
    3. to that home.
    5. must vacate a suitable own home for reasons beyond their control
    Example: The member's home is damaged by fire and is uninhabitable.
    Non-Example: The member decides to carry out work on the home. This reason is within the member's control.
    1. to an approved store while they await repair of the home or alternative suitable accommodation, and then
    2. to that home.
    6. is a member with dependants (unaccompanied) who has been granted Commonwealth assistance to remove their dependants to the gaining location
    1. from the member's accommodation to the new home; and
    2. from the dependants' home in the losing location to the new home.
  2. The CDF may approve Commonwealth payment of storage costs for the member. The CDF must be satisfied that the member needs the storage for reasons beyond their control.

  3. If all these circumstances apply to a member they are not to be paid Commonwealth assistance for a removal between homes in the posting location.

    1. The member sells a home at the posting location.

    2. The member buys a new home in the posting location.

    3. The member cannot take vacant possession of the new home.

    4. The member lives in the old home until they can take vacant possession of the new home.

    5. The member is paid rent allowance while they live in the old home.

Persons who can make the decision subsection 6.5.29.2 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


6.5.30 Removal in anticipation of a posting – before posting authority issued

  1. A member may apply to be reimbursed their removal costs if both of these situations apply to them.

    1. The member moves dependants to a location for compassionate reasons.

    2. The move happens before a posting authority has been issued.

  2. The CDF may approve the reimbursement if satisfied that one or more of these compassionate reasons apply to the member or their dependants.

    1. The removal is the result of a dependant's illness. It must be supported by a civilian medical practitioner and endorsed by the Defence Health Service.

    2. Suitable accommodation is not available in the member's current posting location.

    3. Suitable secondary or higher education for the member's child is not available in their current posting location.

    4. There are other exceptional reasons that require the member to move.

  3. Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.30.2 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

  4. The member must provide copies of relevant documents to the CDF when applying for reimbursement.

    Example: A medical certificate.

  5. Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.30.3 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 Personnel – Air Force
    Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
    Deputy Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
    Deputy Director Service Conditions – Air Force

  6. The member is eligible for the reimbursement of the cost of removing furniture and effects to any of these locations.

    1. Another location in anticipation of a long-term posting to that location.

    2. A location where they are serving for less than 12 months in anticipation of a long-term posting at that location.

    3. A location where they will be serving less than 12 months and then to a second location in anticipation of a long-term posting at the second location.

  7. How much will be reimbursed depends on how long the member expects their family to live with them at the anticipated location. This table sets out what will be reimbursed for a period of time.

    Reimbursement
    Item If the family lives with the member for... then the benefit is...
    1. six months or more reimbursement of the cost of the Commonwealth removalist removing furniture and effects from the original location to the anticipated location.
    2. less than six months nothing.
  8. The member will be reimbursed when official written notice of posting is issued.

  9. The member is still eligible to be reimbursed the costs of removal if the anticipated long- term posting does not happen for Service reasons. If non-Service reasons prevent the posting, they must repay to the Commonwealth any amount they received.

6.5.31 Posting to location other than anticipated location

  1. A member may move to an anticipated location but actually be posted to a different location. They will not be reimbursed the costs of moving from the original location to the anticipated location unless they are eligible for a removal for other reasons.

  2. If the member is eligible for a removal, the Commonwealth will pay the lesser of these two costs.

    1. The cost of a removal from the original location to the new location.

    2. The cost of a removal from the anticipated location to the new location.

  3. If 2.b above is less than 2.a, the member may be paid the difference. This will offset the costs of moving to the anticipated location.

6.5.32 Removal after posting authority issued, but before posting date

The CDF may approve removal of a member's furniture and effects at Commonwealth expense before the effective date of posting. The CDF must be satisfied that both of these criteria are met.

  1. The posting authority has been issued.

  2. The CDF considers the early removal necessary in the circumstances.

Persons who can make the decisions section 6.5.32 and paragraph 6.5.32.b 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


6.5.33 Posting changed or cancelled for Service reasons after removal

  1. A member is not responsible for any removal or storage costs when both of the following happen.

    1. A removal has taken place.

    2. The posting is changed or cancelled for Service reasons.

  2. This table shows what happens in this case.

    Posting cancelled or changed
    Item If the member is on a posting for... then the Commonwealth will remove...
    1. six months or more all furniture and effects to the actual posting location or store it at Commonwealth expense.
    2. less than six months only the member's effects from the cancelled posting location to the actual posting location. Their furniture will be stored at Commonwealth expense until the next posting.

6.5.34 Posting changed or cancelled at the member's request after removal

  1. This section applies to a member whose posting is changed or cancelled at their request. This table shows what happens to their benefits depending on when the change or cancellation is made.

    Posting cancelled or changed
    Item If the change or cancellation is made... then the Commonwealth will...
    1. before the removal is completed pay the lesser of these two amounts.
    1. The cost of removal to the location of the changed or cancelled posting.
    2. The cost of removal to the alternative posting location.
    2. after the removal is completed not pay for a removal from the changed or cancelled posting location to the actual posting location.
  2. Despite item 2 above, the CDF may approve a removal at Commonwealth expense. The CDF must consider both these criteria.

    1. Any compassionate grounds.

    2. Alternatives available to the member.

Persons who can make the decision subsection 6.5.34.2 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


6.5.35 Removal deferred until after posting date

This table shows what happens when a removal is deferred until after the date of posting.

Removal deferred
Item If, at the time of removal, the member has... then they are...
1. at least six months to serve on the posting eligible for a removal.
2. less than six months to serve on the posting not eligible for a removal until the next posting.
Exception: A member participating in the ADF gap year program may be eligible for a removal under section 6.5.28.
See: Section 6.5.28, Removal of gap year members

6.5.36 Posting to a seagoing ship or Navy aircraft squadron

  1. A member is eligible for a removal of furniture and effects if they are posted for six months or more to either of the following locations.

    1. A seagoing ship.

    2. A Navy aircraft squadron in which they will be liable to serve on a seagoing ship.

  2. A member is eligible for a removal from the original location to a location they choose from one of the following options.

    1. The ship's home port.

    2. If the member's dependants are removed to the member's home port - that port.

    3. The ship's refitting port.

      Exception: Navy aircraft squadron members.

    4. For a Navy aircraft squadron member, the Navy aircraft squadron air station.

  3. If the member chooses a removal to a ship's home port and the ship then refits at another port for at least six months, the member is eligible for a removal to the location of the refit.

  4. When a refit is completed, the member is eligible for a removal back to the ship's home port. They must have at least six months to serve in their ship.

    Related Information: A member may need a removal to a location not listed in this section. In this case, they may meet the requirements to be eligible for a removal under Division 3, Removal to a personal location where benefits are provided.

6.5.37 Posting to a remote location

  1. A member is eligible for a removal to a home they will occupy in a remote location. This includes a removal of a member of the Navy if their home port is in a remote location.

    Note: The list of remote locations is in Annex 5.4.A.

  2. This table explains how removal and storage benefits depend on the kind of housing at the remote location.

    Removal and storage for remote location
    Item If the housing in the remote location is... then the member is eligible for a removal of... and storage of...
    1.
    1. a furnished Service residence, or
    2. a furnished non- Service residence
    furniture and effects that:
    1. they need, and
    2. are not provided
    the remainder of their furniture and effects.
    2. an unfurnished residence all furniture and effects items of furniture and effects that are not:
    1. needed in the residence, and
    2. able to be housed in the residence.
  3. The Commonwealth is not liable for deterioration of furniture removed and stored under tropical conditions.

6.5.38 Removal on deployment

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all the following conditions.

    1. They are a member without dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

    2. They are deployed for six months or longer.

    3. They meet any of the following conditions.

      1. They choose to vacate their accommodation under any of subsections 7.4.23.2, 7.6.38.2, 7.7.11.2 or 7.8.31.2.

        See: Chapter 7
        Part 4 Division 3 subsection 7.4.23.2, Living-in accommodation on deployment – six months or longer
        Part 6 Division 7 section 7.6.38, Service residence for member on deployment
        Part 7 Division 1 section 7.7.11, Effect on accommodation when a member is deployed
        Part 8 Division 5 section 7.8.31, Rent allowance on deployment

      2. The CDF decides that a member must leave the living-in accommodation under subsection 7.4.23.5.

        See: Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 3 subsection 7.4.23.5, Living-in accommodation on deployment – six months or longer

  2. If subsection 1 applies, the member is eligible for the removal of their furniture and effects to storage at the member's posting location under Division 7.

    See: Division 7, Storage of furniture and effects

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




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