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Division 10: Travel of dependants on death of a member

9.3.76 Purpose

This Division describes travel, baggage and accommodation benefit for dependants of a member who dies while serving in Australia. This includes a member who dies while serving in a seagoing ship or Navy aircraft squadron.

9.3.77 Basic benefit

If a member dies while serving in Australia, their dependants may be granted travel from their location to one of the locations in this table.

Travel locations
Item The dependants may be granted travel to... with the condition that...
Member of the Permanent Forces at the time of death
1. the location of the last permanent residence of the member and their dependants at the time of enlistment or appointment travel is limited if appointment or enlistment was from outside Australia.
  1. If the member was appointed or enlisted from Norfolk Island, travel is to Sydney.
  2. If the member was appointed or enlisted from any other external territory of Australia, travel is to the capital city nominated by the dependants.
  3. If the member was appointed or enlisted from another country, travel is to the port at which the member first entered Australia.
2. any other location in Australia the Commonwealth will not pay more than the cost of the travel benefit in item 1.
Exception: If the CDF is satisfied that the dependants have established or intend to establish a permanent home there.
Member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service at the time of death
3. the location where the member lived immediately before starting full-time service
4. any other location in Australia the cost of the travel is no more than the benefit in item 1.

Note: In the total workforce model, the following arrangments apply.

  1. A member of the Permanent Forces may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7.

  2. 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.

Persons who can make the decision under section 9.3.77, table item 2 exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer or supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation) – Navy

9.3.78 Member not living with dependants at time of death

If a member with dependants is not living with them at the time of death, the basic travel benefits in Part 1 of this Chapter will apply to the dependants.

9.3.79 Deceased member's spouse also a member

The travel benefits in this Division apply when the deceased member's spouse or partner is a member.

9.3.80 Means of travel

  1. Dependants travelling on the death of a member are eligible for travel by the most economical and practical means.

    See: Part 1, Basic travel benefits

  2. The dependants may choose to travel by means that are not the most economical. Both of the following conditions apply.

    1. The Commonwealth will pay no more than the cost of travel by the most economical means.

    2. See: Part 1, Basic travel benefits

    3. The dependants must pay any additional costs before the travel at Commonwealth expense is undertaken.

  3. ...

9.3.81 Travel by coach

  1. Travel by coach may only be approved as the most economical means for one of these reasons.

    1. It is the only means available.

    2. The dependants request it as the most appropriate.

  2. In all other instances travel by coach should be limited. It can be used if it is the only way dependants can be taken to or from the transport used for the major part of the journey.

9.3.82 Class of travel

Dependants may upgrade their class of travel. If they do, the Commonwealth will pay only for the cost of travel by the most economical means and class set out in Part 1 of this Chapter.

See: Part 1, Basic travel benefits

9.3.83 Baggage

If baggage is included with furniture and effects, the insurance provisions for removal on death of a member will apply.

See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 11, Removal on death of a member

9.3.84 Deferral of a dependant's travel

Dependants may defer travel for no more than 12 months from the date of the member's death.

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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