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Division 4: Amenity-based classification of a Service residence

7.6.14 Purpose

This Division sets out how a Service residence is given an amenity-based classification.

Note: A Service residence may also be classified under the market-rent-based classification.

See: Division 3, Market-rent-based classification of a Service residence

7.6.15 Amenity-based classification

  1. If a Service residence meets all the following conditions, then it is an amenity-based Service residence.

    1. It has not been given a market-rent-based classification under Division 3.

      See: Division 3, Market-rent-based classification of a Service residence

    2. It is placed into one of the classification groups in subsection 2.

    3. It is not on a Defence establishment.

      Exceptions:

      1. Some Service residences continue to hold an amenity-based classification that they are deemed to hold because of the transition from the previous classification system on 1 July 2007. These are homes that have not been given a market-rent- based classification.

      2. A residence in Woomera may be an amenity-based Service residence, despite being on a Defence establishment.

  2. The CDF may classify a Service residence as Group 1A, A, B1, B2, C, D or E. In doing so, the CDF must consider the following factors.

    1. The size, standard and number of amenities.

      Note: Each residence is unique. The decision-maker would need to balance all the different types of amenity that the residence has.

      Example: The residence has no family room, but has a large games room instead.

    2. Upgrades to the Service residence.

    3. Whether the market rent for the Service residence reflects the size, standard and number of amenities, or other factors.

    4. Whether the Service residence can be given a market-rent-based classification in preference to an amenity-based classification.

    5. Any other factor relevant to the amenity of the Service residence.

  3. The CDF may change the classification of a Service residence. The CDF must consider all the factors in subsection 2.

    See: Division 8 section 7.6.53, Service residence reclassified

  4. A Service residence that held a classification assigned under section 7.6.5 before 1 July 2007 is taken to have been given the equivalent classification under subsection 2, until it is reclassified on or after that day.

    See: Division 2 section 7.6.5, Classification of Service residence and rent band choice accommodation

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 7.6.15.2 and subsection 7.6.15.3 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Defence Housing Australia who performs the duties of:

  • Property and Tenancy Manager in the Housing Management Centre
  • Housing Contact Centre Manager
  • Regional Director in a Housing Management Centre
  • National Housing Manager
Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

7.6.16 Amenity-based classification for a member's rank group

  1. A member who holds a rank in a group listed in the following table may be allocated a Service residence with the classification that is listed for their rank group. The classification may be called the member's 'amenity group'.

    Amenity group for rank
    Item If a member has a rank in this group... then the member may be allocated a home with this amenity group...
    1. Corporal or lower, including trainees
    A or B1
    2. Sergeant
    Staff Sergeant
    Second Lieutenant
    Lieutenant
    B1
    3. Warrant Officer Class 2
    Warrant Officer Class 1
    Captain
    B2
    4. Major
    Lieutenant
    Colonel
    C
    5. Colonel
    Brigadier
    D
    6. Major General or higher
    E
  2. If a Service residence is not available at the amenity group that is listed for the member's rank group in the table in subsection 1, then the member may be allocated a Service residence in one of the following.

    1. A rent band that is one rent band above or below the one listed for the member's rank group in the table in subsection 7.6.13.1.

    2. An amenity group that is one amenity group above or below the one listed for the member's rank group in the table in subsection 1.

    Exception: A member may also choose a Service residence with a classification that is higher or lower than the one they are eligible for in their rank group. This affects the member's contribution and is dealt with in Division 8.

  3. See: Division 8
    Section 7.6.45, Member allocated a Service residence above their rank group
    Section 7.6.46, Member allocated a Service residence below their rank group
    Section 7.6.43, Higher contribution scheme, above rank group

  4. The CDF may allocate a member a Service residence that is more than one level above the amenity group for the member's rank group, if accommodation is not available at a lower rent band or amenity group. The member's contribution is dealt with in the same way as other members allocated a Service residence above their rank group eligibility.

    See: Division 8 section 7.6.45, Member allocated a Service residence above their rank group

  5. A Service residence with an amenity group A must not be allocated to a member at the rank of Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant.

    Note: This would not be a reasonable offer. A member would not be allocated a Service residence two groups below their rank group eligibility. Rent band choice or housing with rent allowance give alternatives to allocation.

  6. The amenity group 1A is not listed in the table in subsection 1 as it is below the standard suitable for allocation to a rank group. A member is not to be allocated a 1A home but may choose to live in one.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 7.6.16.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Contract Manager Services Agreement
Assistant Director Operations
Director Relocations and Housing

7.6.17 Group E Service residence – Major General or higher

A Service residence that has been classified as an amenity group E Service residence under this Division may also be called 'a rent band 5' Service residence.

 

7.6.17A Useful links

The following table holds links to relevant information in this Part.

Links
Item Members conditions See
1. When a member is eligible to live in a Service residence Division 7
2. Member allocated a Service residence above their rank group Division 8 section 7.6.46
3. Member allocated a Service residence below their rank group Division 8 section 7.6.47
4. Member chooses a Service residence above their rank group benefit Division 8 section 7.6.45
5. Member chooses a Service residence below their rank group entitlement Division 8 section 7.6.44
6. Member's contributions Division 8
7. End of eligibility to live in a Service residence Division 9

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



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