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Division 6: Members posted to seagoing ships and nuships

7.4.37 Purpose

This Division sets out when a member must pay for meals and accommodation while posted to a seagoing vessel or a nuship.

7.4.38 Basis

This Division applies these principles to living-in benefits for members posted to seagoing vessels and Nuships.

  1. Members who have chosen to live on board their ship do not pay for accommodation or meals taken on board.

    See: Section 7.4.39, Definitions, for the definition of an on-board member

  2. Members who choose not to live on board their ship are only eligible for meals on board when they are on duty there over a meal period.

    See: Section 7.4.39, Definitions, for the definition of a shore member

  3. Members eligible for free meals on board while on duty may be eligible to take those meals in a mess ashore when the ship's galley is not operating.

7.4.39 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Division
Nuship A Navy ship that is being built, upgraded or trialled. It is not yet commissioned into naval service.
On-board member A member who chooses not to keep on-shore accommodation at the ship's home port or refitting port.
Example: On-shore accommodation could be living-in accommodation, a Service residence or a home for which the member gets rent allowance.
Shore member A member who keeps on-shore accommodation at the ship's home port or refitting port.
Example: Living-in accommodation, Service residence or home for which the member gets rent allowance.
Uninhabitable vessel A vessel that the CDF declares unfit to live in. A member cannot live on board when the vessel is alongside. The CDF's decision is based on any of these issues.
  1. Environment.
  2. Maintenance.
  3. Crew comfort.
  4. Whether there are galley facilities for catering.

Persons who can make the decision under section 7.4.39, definition of uninhabitable vessel, on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer, Officer Commanding or Executive Officer not below MAJ(E) in the member's direct chain of command.

7.4.40 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member posted to a seagoing ship or a nuship. It sets out their accommodation and meal benefits.

See also: Part 9, Meals

7.4.41 Conditions for member posted to a seagoing submarine

  1. Members posted to a seagoing submarine are eligible for the special housing and meals assistance summarised in this table.

    Housing and meals assistance
    Item Assistance for members posted to a seagoing submarine Reference
    1. Exemption from living-in contributions Division 5 clause 7.4.33, table item 3
    2. Licence to live on a ship Section 7.4.42
    3. Exemption from rent contributions Part 8 Division 3 section 7.8.18, table item 3
    4. Transitional food allowance while on rent allowance Part 9 Division 2 section 7.9.17
    5. Assistance with the cost of utilities Part 10 section 7.10.3
  2. Members posted to a seagoing submarine are not provided with other benefits under this Part.

7.4.42 Licence to live on a ship

  1. Members who may live on board a seagoing ship are taken to have a licence to live on the ship.

    Related information: Division 5 section 7.4.33, Members without dependants living under field conditions, on a seagoing ship, a submarine or deployed.

  2. The conditions that apply to a licence to live on a ship are those that relate to normal shipboard discipline.

  3. The following arrangements do not apply to a licence to live on a ship.

    Arrangements that do not apply
    Item Condition Reference
    1. Condition reports Division 2 section 7.4.13
    2. Suitable living-in accommodation Division 3
    3. Licence to live in
    Exception: Conditions that are in accordance with subsection 2.
    Annex 7.4.A

7.4.43 Accommodation on board for seagoing member

  1. These members may live on board when posted to a seagoing ship, and the ship is in port.

    1. A member without dependants.

      Exception: A member who has a suitable own home in the ship's home port.

    2. A member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. Subsection 1 does not apply if the CDF decides the ship is uninhabitable.

    See:
    Section 7.4.39, definition of uninhabitable vessel
    Subsection 7.4.44.4, Accommodation ashore for seagoing member

    Example 1: A minor war vessel is alongside in the home port. The crew are not permitted to live on board. The vessel is always uninhabitable. A member cannot choose to live on board.

    Example 2: A major war vessel is temporarily uninhabitable. It stays this way for over six months. The crew is normally allowed to live on board. While the ship is uninhabitable, the crew is not allowed to live on board. No-one can choose to live on board in this period.

7.4.44 Accommodation ashore for seagoing member

  1. If they are posted to a seagoing ship, the following members may apply to be granted a licence to live in at the ship's home port.

    1. A member without dependants.

      Exception: A member who has a suitable own home in the ship's home port.

    2. A member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. Subject to subsection 4, if the member is not required to live in, then they may choose to live out.

  3. Subject to subsection 4, if no living-in accommodation is available under section 7.4.11 the member is eligible for rent allowance.

    See: Division 2 section 7.4.11, Living-in accommodation not available

  4. A member whose on-board accommodation becomes uninhabitable may be eligible for temporary shore-based accommodation in this order for up to six months. This depends on availability of the accommodation.

    1. Meals and licence to live in ashore, if granted under paragraph 7.4.9.2.e.

      See: Paragraph 7.4.9.2.e, Member who may choose to live in

    2. A commercial accommodation and meals package paid for by Navy.

    3. Commercial accommodation paid for by Navy, with use of the travel card or travelling allowance to assist with meal costs.

    4. Accommodation for which rent allowance is payable.

    Exception: A shore member who is on duty away from their home port for six months or more may not be eligible to keep living-in accommodation at the home port. The member is eligible for a removal.

    See: Division 3 section 7.4.23, Living-in accommodation on deployment- six months or longer

    Related information:
    Division 2 section 7.4.9, Member who may choose to live in
    Chapter 9 Part 5, Payment of travel costs, for information on travel card and allowance

7.4.45 Contributions for accommodation ashore – member without dependants

A member without dependants with a licence to live in ashore must pay the contribution set out in section 7.4.33.

See: Division 5 section 7.4.33, Member living under field conditions or on a seagoing ship

7.4.46 Contributions for accommodation ashore – ship uninhabitable

  1. This section applies to a member posted to a seagoing vessel or Nuship when they are required to live ashore because their ship is uninhabitable.

    Example: A ship may be uninhabitable when members are not permitted to live in it because it is alongside for maintenance or in refit.

  2. This table shows how on-board and shore members must contribute to the cost of living-in accommodation, meals and utilities when the ship is uninhabitable.

    See:
    Division 4, Contribution for living-in accommodation
    Part 9 Division 1, Contribution for meals
    Part 10, Utilities

    Exception: For a member with dependants (unaccompanied), the contribution is nil.

    Contributions

    On-board member contributions – ship uninhabitable

    Item If the ship is... for a period of... then if they live in, the member must contribute...
    1. at the home port less than six months nil.
    2. at the home port six months or more the amount for accommodation, utilities and meals that applies for their rank, level of accommodation and mess arrangements.
    3. away from the home port less than six months nil.
    4. away from the home port six months or more the amount for accommodation, utilities and meals that applies for their rank, level of accommodation and mess arrangements.

    Shore member contributions – ship uninhabitable

    Item If the ship is... for a period of... then if they live in, the member must contribute...
    5. at the home port less than six months the amount for accommodation, utilities and meals that applies for their rank, level of accommodation and mess arrangements.
    6. at the home port six months or more the amount for accommodation, utilities and meals that applies for their rank, level of accommodation and mess arrangements.
    7. away from the home port less than six months nil, while they contribute for living-in accommodation in their home port.Otherwise, the amount for accommodation, utilities and meals that applies for their rank, level of accommodation and mess arrangements.
    See: Division 4 section 7.4.24, Contribution for living-in accommodation
    8. away from the home port six months or more the amount for accommodation, utilities and meals that applies for their rank, level of accommodation and mess arrangements.
    Note:
    The member is not eligible to keep their living-in accommodation in the ship's home port.

7.4.47 Accommodation and contributions for seagoing member on temporary duty

  1. A ship may sail from its home port and loan a crew member to another unit for temporary duty. This section applies to those members.

  2. This table shows the following.

    1. The member's eligibility to live in.

    2. The type of accommodation the member will be eligible for.

    3. Whether the member must contribute to the cost of their accommodation, meals and utilities.

    Item A member who is... and who is on temporary duty... has this accommodation benefit... and their contribution for the accommodation is...
    1. a shore member in the ship's home port their existing eligibility for accommodation ashore the contribution that applies to the member under Part 6 or Part 8 or Annex 7.4.B.
    2. a shore member away from the ship's home port whichever of these applies to the member.
    1. They may apply for a licence to live in and eat in the mess under section 7.4.7 and Part 9.
    2. If living-in accommodation is not available, they are eligible to use the Defence travel card or travelling allowance.
    See:
    Division 2 section 7.4.7, Member who can live in
    Part 9, Meals
    nil while they contribute for living-in accommodation in their home port. See: Division 5 section 7.4.34, Member without dependants required to live in temporarily
    3. an on­board member in the ship's home port whichever of these applies to the member.
    1. They may apply for a licence to live in and eat in the mess under section 7.4.9 and Part 9.
    2. If living-in accommodation is not available, they are eligible to use the Defence travel card or travelling allowance.
    See:
    Division 2 section 7.4.9, Member who may choose to live in
    Part 9, Meals
    nil.
    4. an on­board member away from the ship's home port whichever of these applies to the member.
    1. They may apply for a licence to live in and eat in the mess under section 7.4.9 and Part 7.
    2. If living-in accommodation is not available, they are eligible to use the Defence travel card or travelling allowance.
    See:
    Division 2 section 7.4.9, Member who may choose to live in
    Part 9, Meals
    nil.

7.4.48 Food allowance for seagoing member in temporary accommodation ashore

  1. A member is eligible for food allowance if all these conditions are met.

    1. They are posted to a seagoing ship or a nuship.

    2. The ship is temporarily an uninhabitable vessel.

    3. They are required to occupy temporary commercial accommodation ashore.

    4. The accommodation has cooking facilities.

  2. The rates of food allowance are set out in this table.

    Rates of allowance
    Item If the member is... the fortnightly rate is ($)...
    1. provided with lunch at Commonwealth expense
    126.00.
    2. any other member
    172.00.

    Related information: Part 9 Division 1, Contributions for meals

7.4.49 Laundry allowance for seagoing member in temporary accommodation ashore

A member is eligible for a laundry allowance of $14.00 a fortnight if all these conditions are met.

  1. They are posted to a seagoing ship or a nuship.

  2. The ship is temporarily an uninhabitable vessel.

  3. They are required to occupy temporary commercial accommodation ashore.

  4. The accommodation has no free laundry facilities.

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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