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Division 7: Travel on ceasing continuous full-time service – specific circumstances

9.2.34 Travel in advance of ceasing continuous full-time service

  1. A member may take up their travel benefit up to 12 months before they cease continuous full-time service.

    Example: A member may go on long service or other leave before ceasing continuous full-time service without returning to service before ceasing continuous full-time service. They may choose to travel to their new home during that time when they have a removal. In this case, they may choose to take their travel benefit in advance of ceasing continuous full-time service.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, continuous full-time service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

  3. The member must sign an undertaking to refund the cost of the travel if they do not complete their service within the 12 months. This is unless the travel corresponds with a posting during the final 12 months of service.

9.2.35 Limits to travel on leaving a personal location

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

    1. The member was granted a removal of their dependants to a personal location under Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 3.

      See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 3, Removal to a personal location where benefits are provided

    2. The member is ceasing continuous full-time service.

  2. If the Commonwealth put cost limits on the removal to the personal location, the travel benefit for travel from the personal location is also limited.

  3. The Commonwealth will pay only up to what it would cost for travel between the locations described in paragraphs a. and b.

    1. From the current posting location or home port (whichever is applicable).

    2. To the location of the removal the member is eligible for on ceasing continuous full-time service.

    Example: A member is posted to Sydney. The member chooses to remove their dependants to Brisbane. Their removal on ceasing continuous full-time service is to Melbourne. The Commonwealth will only pay travel costs associated with the removal from Sydney to Melbourne.

9.2.36 Service terminated through member's fault

  1. A member may be eligible for travel if they ceased continuous full-time service for either of these two reasons. To qualify, they must not be eligible for a removal.

    1. Medical unfitness through their own fault.

    2. Disciplinary reasons.

  2. This table sets out their benefit.

    Benefit
    Item If the member is a... then they are eligible for travel to the...
    1. member with dependants place where their dependants live in Australia.
    2. member without dependants location where they last provided a permanent home.
  3. The member is not eligible for Commonwealth assistance for travel by private vehicle.

9.2.37 Recruit who chooses free discharge

A recruit who takes up their option to a free discharge is eligible for travel at Commonwealth expense under the basic benefit in Part 1 of this Chapter. To qualify, they must take up the option within the relevant period below.

  1. Within six months of the date they entered as an apprentice.

  2. Within 12 weeks of the date they entered as an adult recruit.

9.2.38 Deferral of travel benefit

A member's eligibility for a removal on ceasing continuous full-time service may be deferred. In this case, their and any dependants' eligibility for travel on ceasing continuous full-time service is deferred for the same period as the removal.

See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 6, Removal on ceasing continuous full-time service

9.2.39 Failure to complete service

  1. It may be that a member who travels at Commonwealth expense for ceasing continuous full-time service under this Division does not complete their service. In this case, they must repay what the Commonwealth spent on the travel.

  2. The member does not have to repay the costs to the Commonwealth if they meet all these conditions.

    1. They took the travel in advance of ceasing continuous full-time service.

    2. They were then posted to another location:

      1. after they travelled, but

      2. before the date that their discharge order took effect.

    3. They completed service in accordance with the discharge order.

  3. The member and any dependants have a limited travel benefit for their next posting. The limit is the cost of travel to the new posting from where they were before they took the travel on ceasing continuous full-time service. That may be any one of these places.

    1. The place they were posted to.

    2. Their home port if they were posted to a seagoing ship.

    3. Their naval air squadron base.

  4. This limit does not apply to a member who had been granted a removal to a personal location where benefits are provided under Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 3.

    See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 3, Removal to a personal location where benefits are provided

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.

  • AE505, Travel Request Form

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