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Division 5: Exemptions from contribution

7.4.32 Members who do not pay to live in

  1. For a period a member is in any of the following groups, they do not have to pay a contribution to live in.

    1. A member with dependants who lives in temporarily for Service reasons.

    2. A member with dependants (unaccompanied).

    3. A normal entry recruit during basic recruit training.

    4. A Reserve recruit during basic recruit training.

    5. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves may be described as a member in Service category 2, 3, 4 or 5.

    6. A member in a room with four or more beds.

    7. A member who is in hospital.

    8. A member who is eligible for Antarctic allowance.

      See: Chapter 4 Part 4 Division 6, Allowances for service in Antarctica – Antarctic allowance

    9. A member in custody, in prison or on detention under the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982.

    10. A member who performs the role of a Residential Support Officer at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

  2. For a period a member is in any of the following groups, they do not have to pay to live in. They must meet the conditions for their group.

    1. A member temporarily living in accommodation that is below Level 1 but suitable for a short stay.

      Example: A member in transit accommodation.

      Note: It is expected that members will occupy living-in accommodation in these circumstances for less than 21 days.

    2. A member on Reserve service who meets all these conditions.

      1. They are required to live in temporarily for Service reasons.

      2. The period of living-in is less than six months.

      3. They are undertaking a training commitment.

        Examples: Overnight duty, courses or operational requirements.

    3. A member on Reserve service who meets all these conditions.

      1. They are performing consecutive days of duty.

      2. They cannot return home overnight.

      3. Living-in accommodation has been made available to the member.

      Example: A member working Monday to Friday. Their unit is too far away from their home to commute each day. The member returns home on weekends.

7.4.33 Member without dependants living under field conditions, on a seagoing ship, a submarine or deployed

A member's contribution towards living-in accommodation ceases and recommences as per the following table.

Exception: This section deals with living-in accommodation on land. Section 7.4.38 sets out an exemption for contributions towards living-in accommodation on ships.

Contribution ceases and recommences
Item If the member is... the contribution ceases on... and the contribution recommences...
1. living under field conditions the twenty-second day of a continuous period in which the member was living under those conditions.This applies even if the period after that day is broken by either or both of the following events.
  1. The member returns to their accommodation for up to seven days.
  2. The member takes up to seven days of leave.
after the period in which the member was living under those conditions is broken by more than seven days.The member must contribute for those seven days.
2. living on a seagoing ship
3. posted to a seagoing submarine the day the posting period starts the day the posting period ends.
4. on deployment the day they board a ship or aircraft for the journey from Australia to the operational area when they disembark in Australia at the cessation of their deployment.
Note:
Contributions do not recommence for a member who returns part-way through their deployment, for example, while on leave. They only recommence at the cessation of their deployment.

7.4.34 Member without dependants required to live in temporarily

A member without dependants who meets all of the following conditions does not have to pay a contribution to live in.

  1. They normally live out.

  2. They must live in temporarily for Service reasons.

  3. They keep their living-out accommodation while they are living-in.

7.4.35 Member without dependants on temporary duty in another location

A member without dependants does not have to pay to live in when they are on temporary duty and they meet all these conditions.

  1. They normally live in.

  2. They must perform temporary duty at another location.

  3. They keep paying for their living-in accommodation at their normal place of duty while they are at the other location.

7.4.36 Member on leave

  1. This section applies to a member who lives in and is away from their accommodation on leave.

  2. During the period the member is on leave they do not have to make a contribution to keep their living-in accommodation if both these conditions are met.

    1. They and any other members living in with them are directed to take leave.

      Example: A unit stand-down.

    2. Their living-in accommodation is closed to them during the period of leave.

  3. A member without dependants does not have to contribute to live in when they meet all these conditions.

    1. They are absent on leave for more than 72 hours.

    2. They choose to vacate their living-in accommodation.

    3. Their accommodation is available to be reallocated to other members.

  4. A member who subsection 3 applies to is subject to these conditions on housing and removal assistance.

    1. They must arrange and pay for the removal and storage of their personal effects and furniture.

    2. Their accommodation may be given to another member while they are away.

    3. Living-in accommodation may not be available on their return, unless they are required to live in.

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



Forms

Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.

  • AA157, ADF application to live-in, live-out and categorisation

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