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Division 2: Travel on breakdown of marriage or partnership

9.3.15 Purpose

This Division describes the following benefits.

  1. Travel benefits for a non-Service spouse when their marriage with a member posted in Australia breaks down.

  2. Travel benefits for a non-Service partner when their partnership with a member posted in Australia breaks down.

9.3.16 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Division
Breakdown of relationship When the CDF considers that separation has occurred. Separation is when a couple stop living as a couple, even if they still live in the same home.
Non-Service spouse or partner A spouse or partner, who is not a member.

Persons who can make the decision under section 9.3.16, definition of breakdown of relationship, on behalf of the CDF:
Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.3.17 Members this Division does not apply to

  1. A member is not eligible for travel at Commonwealth expense under this Division when they cease to be a member with dependants.

    Note: The member may have a leave travel benefit under Part 4 of this Chapter.

    See:
    Part 4, Leave travel
    Chapter 8 Part 1, Categories of member – dependants

  2. This Division does not apply to travel benefits for a dependant on death of a member.

    See: Division 10, Travel of dependants on death of a member

9.3.18 Travel at Commonwealth expense

  1. On breakdown of relationship, a non-Service spouse or partner and their dependants are eligible for travel to the same location for which they are eligible for a removal at Commonwealth expense.

    See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 10, Assistance for non-Service person on breakdown of marriage or partnership

  2. The cost of travel is limited to the cost of travel by the most economical means determined by the CDF under the basic benefit in Part 1 of this Chapter.

  3. The non-Service spouse or partner is eligible only once to travel assistance on marriage breakdown.

  4. If the non-Service spouse or partner decides to travel by air for reasons other than those in Part 1 section 9.1.4, the CDF may approve air travel at Commonwealth expense. Both these conditions must be met.

    1. The non-Service spouse or partner must have paid any additional cost of travelling by air rather than rail.

    2. The non-Service spouse or partner must have paid for any excess baggage costs.

  5. The non-Service spouse or partner may require a child to travel by themselves. If the carrier requires the child to be escorted, the non-Service spouse or partner must pay for an adult to accompany them.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.3.18.4, definition of breakdown of relationship, on behalf of the CDF:
Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.3.19 Accommodation during travel

This table sets out how much a non-Service spouse or partner may be reimbursed for reasonable overnight accommodation costs.

Accommodation
Item If the person is... then the most they will be reimbursed is...
1. the non-Service spouse or partner the amount payable for accommodation at the location to a Colonel or lower under Annex 9.5.A.
See: Annex 9.5.A, Amounts for accommodation using travelling allowance and amounts for meals and incidentals using travelling allowance or travel card
2. a dependant of the non-Service spouse or partner who is:
  1. more than 5 years old, and
  2. occupies a separate room
the amount payable for accommodation at the location to a Colonel or lower under Annex 9.5.A.
See: Annex 9.5.A, Amounts for accommodation using travelling allowance and amounts for meals and incidentals using travelling allowance or travel card
3. a dependant of the non-Service spouse or partner who is less than 5 years old 10% of the amount worked out under item 1.
4. other dependants of the non- Service spouse or partner who share a separate room with a dependant described in item 2. 20% of the amount worked out under item 1.

9.3.20 Meals during travel

  1. A non-Service spouse or partner may be reimbursed the cost of meals for themselves and their dependants during their journey. This table sets out how much they may be reimbursed for meals at different locations on their journey.

  2. In all cases, the person will be paid at the rate payable for the relevant location below.

    1. Where they began the journey, if it takes less than a day.

    2. Where they stay overnight, if the journey takes more than a day.

    Meals
    Item If the person is... then the most they will be reimbursed is...
    1. the non-Service spouse or partner the amount payable for meals to a Colonel or lower under Part 5, Payment of travel costs.
    2. dependants of the non-Service spouse or partner aged 10 or more the amount payable for meals to a Colonel or lower.
    3. dependants of the non-Service spouse or partner aged under 10 50% of the amount payable for meals to a Colonel or lower under Part 5, Payment of travel costs.

    Example 1: If the non-Service spouse or partner travels from Sydney to Townsville in one day, the reimbursement rate is the meal allowance rate for Sydney.

    Example 2: If the non-Service spouse or partner stays overnight at Brisbane during the journey, the reimbursement rate for meals on the first day is the rate payable for Brisbane.

  3. The non-Service spouse or partner may be reimbursed for each meal period that begins at these times during the journey.

    1. Breakfast: 0700 hours

    2. Lunch: 1300 hours

    3. Dinner: 1900 hours.

  4. If the journey begins after the start of a meal period, the non-Service spouse or partner is not eligible for reimbursement for that meal period.

9.3.21 Travel by private vehicle

  1. A non-Service spouse or partner and dependants who are authorised to travel by private vehicle may be reimbursed the cost of travel. This also applies if they tow a towable item.

  2. The amount they may be reimbursed is the lesser of the two amounts at a. and b.

    1. The sum of these three amounts (if they apply).

      1. Vehicle allowance worked out under Part 6 of this Chapter as if the non-Service spouse or partner were an eligible member for the purposes of that Part.

      2. Accommodation and meal costs worked out under sections 9.3.19 and 9.3.20.

      3. If it has been approved that the vehicle can be transported for a part of the journey:

        1. the cost of transporting the vehicle and towable item (if that applies), plus

        2. the fares for the non-Service spouse or partner and dependants for that part of the journey.

    2. The sum of these three amounts (if they apply).

      1. The fares of the non-Service spouse or partner and dependants for travel by the most economical means.

      2. The cost of removing the vehicle (and towable item, if that applies) if a removal has been approved for it under Chapter 6.

        See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 5, Vehicle removal

      3. Accommodation and meal costs for travel by the most economical means, worked out under sections 9.3.19 and 9.3.20.

  3. It is expected that a person will complete the journey at a daily driving rate of:

    1. 480 km, or

    2. 360 km if towing a towable item under a removal benefit.

9.3.22 Baggage

  1. If a non-Service spouse or partner's baggage cannot be removed with furniture and effects, the Commonwealth will pay for them to carry baggage up to 156 kilograms. The same conditions apply as under Part 1 sections 9.1.10 and 9.1.11.

  2. The baggage must be transported by the most economical means. However, the non-Service spouse or partner ican carry some baggage with them as accompanied baggage. In this case, it does not matter if it is excess accompanied baggage or included in the fare. This table sets out the amount of baggage they can carry in this way.

    Baggage limit
    Item If the person travels by... then the amount of baggage they can carry is...
    1. rail
    1. one piece of baggage per family unit, and
    2. one additional piece of baggage each for the non-Service spouse or partner and their adult dependants.
    2. air
    1. up to two pieces of baggage per family unit, and
    2. one additional piece of baggage each for the non-Service spouse or partner and their adult dependants.

9.3.23 Pet relocation costs

A non-Service spouse or partner given a removal is eligible for reimbursement of pet relocation costs. They are eligible as if they were an eligible member under Chapter 6 Part 1 Division 3.

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



Forms

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  • AE505, Travel Request Form

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