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Division 1 : General information on education assistance

8.4.4 Purpose

Education assistance helps members pay for additional education costs for their children caused by a posting to a location within Australia.

Note: Section 1.6.1 deals with situations where a member's adult dependant is also a member, and they would both be eligible for education assistance for a child. Only one of the members is eligible.

See: Chapter 1 Part 6 section 1.6.1, Dual entitlement – member's adult dependant is also a member.

8.4.4A Policy principles behind education assistance

  1. The aim is to provide the student with limited interim assistance to help avoid or overcome any immediate difficulties with the child's education and emotional well-being as a direct result of a posting.

  2. The child may continue to have education-related difficulties after the application of basic and extended education assistance provisions. In these cases, the policy intention is that the member should take responsibility for any further costs associated with additional assistance that may be required.

8.4.5 Components of education assistance

Education assistance is organised into three main components.

Components of education assistance
Item For... reimbursement of costs is available for...
1. school students at the gaining location additional tuition fees to maintain academic achievement.
2. school students not at posting location compulsory tuition fees and accommodation costs.
3. tertiary students not at member's location of residence accommodation costs to live near the institution offering the chosen course.

8.4.6 Changes to eligibility periods

The CDF may bring forward or extend periods of eligibility outlined in this Part. Before approving, the CDF must consider all these factors.

  1. The child's age, school history, educational needs, family circumstances and general welfare.

  2. Facilities offered by schools and educational institutions in the former and gaining locations.

  3. The nature of the education system in the gaining location.

    Examples: Are Years 11 and 12 offered? Is assessment by coursework, exams or a combination?

  4. Staff advice from schools and educational institutions in the former and gaining locations.

  5. The circumstances of the member's posting and the likely location of future postings.

  6. Any other assistance available from the Defence Community Organisation to support dependants with special needs.

    See: Part 6, Dependants with special needs

  7. Any other disabilities of the child.

  8. The interests of the Commonwealth.

  9. Any other factor relevant to the child's educational progress.

Persons who can make the decision under section 8.4.6 on behalf of the CDF:
Regional Education Liaison Officer
Director National Operations Defence Community Organisation
Deputy Director National Operations Defence Community Organisation
Director General Defence Community Organisation

8.4.7 Assistance in special circumstances

  1. Where a member is not eligible for any education assistance in this Part, the CDF may approve assistance for special reasons. These reasons need to be beyond the member's control.

  2. Before approving, the CDF must consider both these factors.

    1. The special circumstances are reasonable and consistent with the purposes of education assistance.

    2. The member cannot be provided with any other type of education assistance outlined in this Part.

      Note: The amount of assistance approved must not exceed the amount outlined in this Part for eligible members in similar circumstances.

Note: Travel benefits related to education assistance
For travel benefits related to education assistance, see the following provisions in Chapter 9, ADF travel in Australia.

Travel benefits
Topic Reference
Reunion travel for school students Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 5
Student reunion travel to members in remote locations Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 6
Reunion travel for tertiary students Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 7

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 8.4.7.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Regional Education Liaison Officer
Director National Operations Defence Community Organisation
Deputy Director National Operations Defence Community Organisation
Director General Defence Community Organisation

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



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