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Division 4: Remote location leave travel

9.4.23 Purpose

The purposes of this Division are as follows.

  1. To give a member and dependants relief from the climate and isolated conditions of remote locations.

  2. To provide a member and dependants with access to facilities not available at the remote location, including medical, dental and shopping facilities.

    Note: Remote locations and the corresponding ADF district allowance grades are listed at Annex 4.4.A, Remote locations for ADF district allowance.

9.4.24 Structure of this Division

This Division is structured as follows.

Structure
a. Section 9.4.25 Definitions that apply in this Division
b. Section 9.4.26 Describes the remote location leave travel benefits for a member without dependants. Members without dependants have remote location leave travel where Scheme A conditions apply.
c. Sections 9.4.27 and 9.4.28 Describes the remote location leave travel benefits for a member with dependants (unaccompanied), and their dependants. Members with dependants (unaccompanied) have remote location leave travel that Scheme A conditions apply to.
d. Section 9.4.29 Describes the basic remote location leave travel benefits for a member with dependants. Members with dependants have an eligibility for remote location leave travel that Scheme A conditions apply to. Some members with dependants also eligible for remote location leave travel that Scheme B conditions apply to.
e. Section 9.4.30 Describes additional conditions that apply to a member with dependants who has a remote location leave travel benefit that Scheme A conditions apply to.
f. Section 9.4.31 Describes additional conditions that apply to a member with dependants who has a remote location leave travel benefit that Scheme B conditions apply to.
g. Section 9.4.32 Describes how members and dependants can offset their benefits to other destinations. This applies only if Scheme A conditions apply to the benefit.
h. Sections 9.4.33 to 9.4.41 Describes other conditions that apply to remote location leave travel, whether Scheme A or Scheme B conditions apply.

9.4.25 Definitions

The following terms are defined for the purposes of this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Division
capital city This term has the meaning given by Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.9, Definition of capital city.
close family member Means any of these people:
  1. The member's child, parent, grandparent, brother or sister.
  2. The member's spouse's child, parent, grandparent, brother or sister.
  3. The member's partner's child, parent, grandparent, brother or sister.
  4. The member's spouse or partner who lives outside the remote location.
transfer In relation to a benefit, this term includes.
  1. Eligibility for transportation at Commonwealth expense.
  2. Example: A member transfers eligibility for a trip with the result that the member's brother is provided with air travel by a commercial airline.
  3. Eligibility for the member to be paid vehicle allowance for travel by another specified person in a private vehicle.

9.4.26 Scheme A – member without dependants

  1. This section describes the conditions that apply to a member without dependants.

  2. For the purposes of this section a travel benefit is return air travel from either of the following locations to the nearest capital city.

    1. The remote location the member is posted in.

    2. The location closest, by travel time, to the remote location that has an airport with commercial air travel.

    Note: For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

    See also:
    Section 9.4.40, Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements
    Section 9.4.40A, Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements

  3. Scheme A conditions apply to travel benefits under this section.

  4. A member without dependants accrues remote location leave travel at the rate that applies to them under this table.

    Accrual
    Item A member who is serving in a location that attracts... is eligible for...

    1.

    ADF district allowance at the Grade A rate

    one travel benefit, if the CDF assesses that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for two years. The benefit accrues at the start of every two-year period.

    2.

    ADF district allowance at the Grade B, C, D or E rate

    one travel benefit, where the CDF assesses that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for one year. The benefit accrues at the start of every one-year period.

  5. Remote location leave travel may only be taken in the following period.

    1. The period begins on the day the member commences the posting at the remote location.

    2. The period ends on the day immediately before the member ends the posting at the remote location.

      Related Information: A benefit may lapse before this date. See section 9.4.34, Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit.

  6. The remote location leave travel benefit may be transferred under either of the following sets of conditions.

    1. A member may transfer their benefit for remote location leave travel to one or more close family members. The member must make this decision in writing.

      1. The transferred benefit must be used for the close family member to visit the member at the posting location.

      2. The benefit may be used to buy travel to the value of the remote location leave travel benefit that would otherwise be provided.

        Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member uses their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

    2. The CDF may approve the transfer of the benefit to another member of the member's family or household, if satisfied that exceptional circumstances apply.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 9.4.26.4, table, and paragraph 9.4.26.6.b on behalf of the CDF:
For Navy members:
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation)
Supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
For Army and Air Force members:
Commanding Officer/Director not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.27 Scheme A – member with dependants (unaccompanied)

  1. This section describes the conditions that apply to a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

  2. For the purposes of this section a travel benefit is return air travel from either of the following locations to the nearest capital city.

    1. The remote location the dependants live in.

    2. The location closest, by travel time, to the remote location that has an airport with commercial air travel.

    Note: For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

    See also:
    Section 9.4.40, Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements
    Section 9.4.40A, Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements

  3. Scheme A conditions apply to benefits under this section.

  4. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) accrues remote location leave travel at the rate that applies to them under this table.

    Accrual
    Item A member who is serving in a location that attracts... is eligible for...

    1.

    ADF district allowance at the Grade A rate

    one travel benefit, where the CDF assesses that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for two years. The benefit accrues at the start of every two-year period.

    2.

    ADF district allowance at the Grade B, C, D or E rate

    one travel benefit, where the CDF assesses that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for one year. The benefit accrues at the start of every one-year period.

  5. Remote location leave travel may only be taken in the following period.

    1. The period begins on the day the member commences the posting at the remote location.

    2. The period ends on the day immediately before the member ends the posting at the remote location.

      Related Information: A benefit may lapse before this date. See section 9.4.34, Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit.

  6. The remote location leave travel benefit may be transferred under the following conditions.

    1. A member may transfer their benefit for remote location leave travel to one or more close family members. The member must make this decision in writing.

    2. The transferred benefit may only be used for the close family member to visit the member at the posting location.

    3. The benefit may be used to buy travel to the value of the remote location leave travel benefit that would otherwise be provided.

      Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member uses their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

  7. The CDF may approve the transfer of the benefit to another member of the member's family or household under subsection 6, if satisfied that exceptional circumstances apply.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 9.4.27.4, table, and subsection 9.4.27.7 on behalf of the CDF:
For Navy members:
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation)
Supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
For Army and Air Force members:
Commanding Officer/Director not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.28 Scheme A – dependants of a member with dependants (unaccompanied)

  1. This section applies if the following conditions are met.

    1. A member was posted to a remote location, but leaves on a posting to another remote location or a non-remote location.

    2. The member is a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

    3. The member's dependants stay in the remote location.

  2. For the purposes of this section a travel benefit is return air travel from the remote location the dependants live in, to the nearest capital city, no matter what grade of remote location the dependants live in.

    Exception: For locations in the Northern Territory, the travel benefit is return air travel from the remote location to Adelaide.

  3. A member's dependants accrue remote location leave travel at the rate that applies for their and the member's location in this table.

    Accrual
    Item If the member is in a... and the dependants are in... then the dependants...

    1.

    remote location

     

    another remote location

    are eligible for remote location leave travel as if the member was a member with dependants at the dependants' remote location.

    See: Section 9.4.30, Scheme A – member with dependants

    a non-remote location

    are not eligible for remote location leave travel.

    2.

    non-remote location

    a remote location

    are eligible for remote location leave travel as if the member was a member with dependants at the dependants' remote location.

    See: Section 9.4.30, Scheme A – member with dependants

    a non-remote location

    are not eligible for remote location leave travel.

  4. Remote location leave travel may only be taken while the dependants live in the remote location.

    Related Information: A benefit may lapse before this date. See section 9.4.34, Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit.

  5. The member's dependants' remote location leave travel benefits do not lapse until the dependants leave the remote location.

  6. A remote location leave travel benefit may be transferred under the following conditions.

    1. The member's dependants may transfer their benefit to remote location leave travel to a close family member or to the member. The decision must be made in writing.

    2. The transferred benefit may be used for either of these purposes.

      1. For the close family member to visit the member at the posting location.

      2. For the member to visit the member's dependants at the remote location.

    3. The benefit may be used to buy travel to the value of the remote location leave travel benefit that would otherwise be provided.

      Example: A member's spouse has a travel benefit from Darwin to delaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the travel benefit. They use their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

  7. The CDF may approve the transfer of the benefit to another member of the member's family or household under subsection 6, if satisfied that exceptional circumstances apply.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.4.28.7 on behalf of the CDF:
For Navy members:
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation)
Supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
For Army and Air Force members:
Commanding Officer/Director not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.29 Basic benefit – member with dependants

  1. This section describes the basic remote location leave travel benefit for a member with dependants who is serving in a remote location, and their dependants.

    Related Information:
    Section 9.4.37, Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a member
    Section 9.4.38, Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a Defence APS employee

  2. A member with dependants who is serving in a location that attracts ADF district allowance at the Grade A rate, and their dependants, are eligible for this benefit.

    1. The member and dependants are eligible for one travel benefit each, if the CDF is atisfied that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for two years.

      1. The benefits in paragraph a. accrue at the start of every two-year period.

      2. The conditions for Scheme A apply to the benefit in paragraph 2.a.

        See: Section 9.4.30, Scheme A – member with dependants

  3. A member with dependants who is serving in a location that attracts ADF district allowance at the Grade B, C, D or E rate, and their dependants, are eligible for both of these benefits.

    1. The member and dependants are eligible for one travel benefit each, where the CDF is satisfied that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for one year.

      1. The benefits in paragraph a. accrue at the start of every one-year period.

      2. The conditions for Scheme A apply to the benefit in paragraph 3.a.

        See: Section 9.4.30, Scheme A – member with dependants

    2. The member and dependants are eligible for one travel benefit each, where the CDF is satisfied that the member is reasonably likely to serve in that location for one year.

      1. The benefits in paragraph b. accrue at the start of every one-year period.

      2. The conditions for Scheme B apply to the benefit in paragraph 3.b.

        See: Section 9.4.31, Scheme B – member with dependants

  4. A member or dependants may take the benefits in paragraphs 3.a and 3.b in any order.

  5. A dependant of two members can claim their benefit in respect of one member only. The members may choose which member the dependant's eligibility is to be calculated in relation to. The choice must be made in writing.

Persons who can make the decisions under paragraph 9.4.29.2.a, paragraph 9.4.29.3.a and paragraph 9.4.29.3.b on behalf of the CDF:
For Navy members:
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation)
Supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
For Army and Air Force members:
Commanding Officer/Director not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.30 Scheme A – member with dependants

  1. If a member or dependants have a Scheme A remote location leave travel benefit, the conditions in this section apply to the travel benefit.

    Related Information: Section 9.4.29, Basic benefit – member with dependants

  2. For the purposes of this section a travel benefit is return air travel from either of the following locations to the nearest capital city.

    1. The remote location the member and their dependants live in.

    2. The location closest, by travel time, to the remote location that has an airport with commercial air travel.

    Note: For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

    See also:
    Section 9.4.40, Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements
    Section 9.4.40A, Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements

  3. The member's dependants may take the travel benefit separately from the member, at economy class.

  4. Remote location leave travel may only be taken in the following period.

    1. The period begins on the day the member commences the posting at the remote location.

    2. The period ends on the day immediately before the member ends the posting at the remote location.

      Related Information: A benefit may lapse before this date. See section 9.4.34, Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit.

  5. A remote location leave travel benefit may be transferred under the following conditions.

    1. A member, spouse or partner may transfer their benefit to remote location leave travel to one or more close family members. The decision must be made in writing.

      Exception: Dependent children's benefits may not be transferred.

    2. The transferred benefit may only be used by the close family member to visit the member at the posting location.

    3. The benefit may be used to buy travel to the value of the remote location leave travel benefit that would otherwise be provided.

      Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member uses their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

  6. The CDF may approve the transfer of the benefit to another member of the member's family or household under subsection 5, if satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances.

  7. A member and all eligible dependants may travel at different times and to different locations.

    Note: Unaccompanied travel by a child would need to comply with airline requirements.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.4.30.6 on behalf of the CDF:
For Navy members:
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation)
Supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
For Army and Air Force members:
Commanding Officer/Director not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.31 Scheme B – member with dependants

  1. If a member or dependants have a Scheme B remote location leave travel benefit, the conditions in this section apply.

    Related Information: Section 9.4.29, Basic benefit – member with dependants

  2. For the purposes of this section a travel benefit is return air travel from either of the following locations to any capital city except Darwin. The member must select the capital city in in writing.

    1. The remote location the member is posted in.

    2. The location closest, by travel time, to the remote location that has an airport with commercial air travel.

    Non-examples: Costs put towards an overseas holiday, costs of travel to Australian regional destinations beyond the nearest capital city, fares put towards costs of accommodation or hire cars (except for Tindal travel).

    See also:
    Section 9.4.40, Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements
    Section 9.4.40A, Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements

  3. The CDF may approve vehicle allowance up to the cost of the travel benefit in any of the circumstances in the following table.

    Vehicle allowance
    Item When a member's dependant... that prohibits flying and...

    1.

    has a disability

    is eligible for benefits under either of the following.

    1. Social Security Act 1991.
    2. Under this Determination, as a dependant with special needs.

    See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2 section 1.3.84, Dependant with special needs

    2.

    has a medical condition

    a medical certificate has been provided.

  4. A member and all eligible dependants may travel at different times and to different locations, according to the member's choice under subsection 2.

  5. Remote location leave travel may only be taken in the following period.

    1. The period begins on the day the member commences the posting at the remote location.

    2. The period ends on the day immediately before the member ends the posting at the remote location.

      Related Information: A benefit may lapse before this date. See section 9.4.34, Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit.

  6. The remote location leave travel benefit may be transferred under the following conditions.

    1. A member, spouse or partner may transfer their benefit to remote location leave travel to a close family member. The decision must be made in writing.

      Exception: Dependent children's benefits may not be transferred.

    2. The transferred benefit must be used for the close family member to visit the member at the posting location.

    3. The eligibility for a journey at Commonwealth expense is transferred, not the value of a fare.

      Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Sydney. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member transfers their travel benefit to their mother. The member's father pays his own fare.

      Non-example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Sydney. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member may not use his travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

    4. The travel at Commonwealth expense is limited to travel to and from the family member's nearest capital city.

      Example: A member transfers their benefit to their sister. The member lives in Darwin, and their sister lives in Geelong. The member's sister travels from Melbourne to Darwin at Commonwealth expense. Travel from Geelong to Melbourne is a private expense.

  7. The CDF may approve the transfer of the benefit to another member of the member's family or household under subsection 6, if satisfied that exceptional circumstances apply.

  8. All of the member's dependants are taken to have used one Scheme B remote location leave travel benefit when both these conditions apply.

    1. A member transfers their own remote location leave travel benefit.

    2. The member's spouse or partner transfers their remote location leave travel benefits.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 9.4.31.3 and subsection 9.4.31.7 on behalf of the CDF:
For Navy members:
Commanding Officer (no rank limitation)
Supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision
For Army and Air Force members:
Commanding Officer/Director not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.32 Scheme A – offset of benefit to another destination

  1. This section describes the offset conditions that apply to a member who has a remote location leave travel benefit that Scheme A conditions apply to.

  2. A member or dependants can use the amount that would otherwise be paid for a remote location leave travel benefit towards the cost of travel to another destination.

    Example: A member in Townsville is eligible for remote location leave travel to Brisbane. Instead the member wants to explore Cape York by car. The member may be paid vehicle allowance to the value of the journey to Brisbane.

  3. Subject to subsection 3A, the maximum amount that may be paid under subsection 2 is the cost of the return air fare for travel between the posting location and the nearest capital city.

  4. Note: For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

3A.     If the member is posted to one of the following locations, the maximum amount payable under subsection 2 is the amount relevant for the location.

  1. For a member posted to Tindal, the amount that may be paid includes.

    1. The lesser of either vehicle allowance or the cost of motor vehicle hire for return travel between Tindal and Darwin.

    2. The cost of return air fare for travel between Darwin and Adelaide.

    See: Section 9.4.40, Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements

  2. For a member posted to Woomera, the amount that may be paid includes.

    1. The cost of vehicle allowance for return travel between Woomera and the airport at Olympic Dam.

    2. The cost of return air fare for travel between Olympic Dam and Adelaide.

    See:
    Subsection 9.4.40A.2, Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements
    Part 6, Vehicle allowance

  3. For a member posted to a remote location that does not have a commercial airport, the amount that may be paid includes.

    1. The lesser of either vehicle allowance or the cost of public transport for return travel between the posting location and the closest airport.

    2. Note: The closest airport is the one closest by travel time to the remote location.

    3. The cost of return air fare for travel between the closest airport and the nearest capital city.

    4. Note: For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

    See:
    Subsection 9.4.40A.2, Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements
    Part 6, Vehicle allowance

  1. A remote location leave travel benefit that is used to fund an offset is taken to have been used by the member or dependant who the benefit originally accrued for.

    Example: A member in Darwin claims a remote location leave travel benefit. They elect to drive to Alice Springs with their partner. They are paid vehicle allowance for the journey, to the limit of one air fare to Adelaide. The member's partner has not used a remote location leave travel benefit.

  2. The member or dependants can put the amount that would otherwise be paid for a leave travel benefit towards the cost of a holiday package tour. They will be reimbursed up to the lowest of the following three costs.

    1. The cost of the return fare for travel to the holiday destination by the most economical means.

    2. The cost of the return fare for travel between the member's posting location and the nearest capital city.

      Exception: For locations in the Northern Territory, the cost limit will be the cost of the return fare for travel between the member's posting location and Adelaide.

    3. The actual cost of the package tour that meets all of the following conditions.

      1. The package must contain commercially provided travel to the destination.

      2. The package has been purchased from an individual or corporation who holds an Australian Federation of Travel Agents travel accreditation scheme (ATAS) accreditation, or similar.

      3. The components of a package tour are not costed separately.

      Notes:
      a. A package tour can be a commercially available package or one that has been individually tailored.
      b. Information about ATAS and a list of accredited travel agents can be found on the Australian Federation of Travel Agents website.

9.4.33 Schemes A and B – advances of benefit

  1. This section describes the advance conditions that apply to a member who has a remote location leave travel benefit that Scheme A or Scheme B conditions apply to.

  2. The CDF may grant a member or dependants an advance of one remote location leave travel benefit, having regard to operational requirements relevant to the member.

    Exception: The CDF may not grant a member or dependants an advance if it is reasonable to believe the benefit will not accrue.

    Example: A member and their family apply to advance a remote location leave travel benefit for a family holiday. Soon afterwards one of their children is to turn 21, and will not be a dependant. That child will not accrue a remote location leave travel benefit. The CDF may not grant an advance for the member's child.

  3. A member or dependants who advance a remote location leave travel benefit do not have to repay the value of that travel, should the benefit not accrue.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.4.33.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.34 Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit

  1. This section describes the lapsing conditions that apply to a member who has a remote location leave travel benefit. The remote location leave travel benefit may have Scheme A or Scheme B conditions.

  2. A member's or dependants' remote location leave travel benefits lapse on either of the following days.

    1. The day before they accrue a new remote location leave travel benefit.

      Exception: If a benefit has been deferred under section 9.4.35, Schemes A and B – deferral of benefit, it does not lapse during the period of deferral.

    2. The last day of the member's posting to the remote location.

      Exceptions:

      1. The member may be categorised as a member with dependants (unaccompanied) for the new posting location. If that happens, the remote location leave travel benefit for a dependant of the member does not lapse unless the dependant stops living at the remote location.
      2. A member's dependant ceases to have a benefit if they cease to be a dependant of the member.

    Related Information: Other lapsing provisions can be found in these sections.
    Section 9.4.28, Scheme A – dependants of a member with dependants (unaccompanied)
    Section 9.4.36, Schemes A and B – member changes category

9.4.35 Schemes A and B – deferral of benefit

  1. A member may apply to defer a remote location leave travel benefit that Scheme A or Scheme B conditions apply to.

  2. The CDF may defer the lapsing of a benefit under subsection 9.4.34.2 for one year, having regard to operational requirements relevant to the member.

    Example: A member has not been able to take a family holiday because work has been too busy. The member and dependants accrue new remote location leave travel benefit, and their previous accruals would normally lapse. Instead the member applies to defer the lapsing for one year. The member is granted the deferral, after making a leave plan for the next year with their supervisor.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.4.35.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.4.36 Schemes A and B – member changes category

A member's change of category has the following effects on remote location leave travel benefits.

Example: Member with dependants changes category to be a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

See: Chapter 1 Part 5 section 1.5.3, Change in member's circumstances

  1. On the date of the change, all outstanding remote location leave travel benefits for the member and dependants lapse.

  2. On the date of the change, the member and dependants (if any) are forgiven any advances of remote location leave travel benefits.

  3. The member and dependants (if any) accrue new remote location leave travel benefits on the date of the change, as provided for under sections 9.4.26, 9.4.27 or 9.4.29.

  4. The member's and dependants' (if any) next accrual of remote location leave travel is on the anniversary of the member's commencement in the remote location.

    Exception: As described in section 9.4.37, Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a member.

9.4.37 Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a member

  1. This section describes the conditions that apply to a member who has a remote location leave travel benefit that either Scheme A or Scheme B conditions apply to, in the following circumstances.

    1. The member has a dependant who is also the member's spouse or partner.

      See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2
      Section 1.3.81, Spouse
      Section 1.3.88, Partner

    2. The dependant in paragraph a. is a member of the ADF.

    3. The member and their spouse or partner are posted to the same remote location on different dates.

  2. A member described in subsection 1 accrues remote location leave travel benefits described under the table, instead of the accrual rates set out in section 9.4.29.

    Travel benefit accrual
    Item If the location is... the member who arrived at the location... is taken to accrue their second credit...

    1.

    Grade A

    first

    two years after arrival.

    second

    on the same day as their spouse or partner.

    2.

    Grade B, C, D or E

    first

    one year after arrival.

    second

    on the same day as their spouse or partner.

    Example: SGT Jones is posted to Darwin on 1 June 2010. The member's partner, CAPT Smith, joins the member on 1 March 2011. The members accrue remote location leave travel on these dates.

    Accrual example
    Date Accrual

    1 June 2010

    SGT Jones

    1 March 2011

    CAPT Smith

    1 June 2011

    CAPT Smith and SGT Jones

    1 June 2012

    CAPT Smith and SGT Jones

9.4.38 Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a Defence APS employee

  1. This section describes the conditions that apply to a dependant of a member who has a remote location leave travel benefit that either Scheme A or Scheme B conditions apply to, in the following circumstances.

    1. The dependant is the member's spouse or partner.

      See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2
      Section 1.3.81, Spouse
      Section 1.3.88, Partner

    2. The dependant in paragraph a. is an APS employee of the Department of Defence, who performs duty in the remote location.

    3. The dependant is eligible for assisted leave fares allowance, as an APS employed by the Department of Defence.

      Note: The Defence APS employee's workplace agreement may provide for assisted leave fares allowance for Defence APS employees and their dependants. Assisted leave fares allowance may also provide for travel from remote locations.

  2. A spouse or partner who is described in subsection 1 accrues one fewer remote location leave travel than is provided for in section 9.4.29. The spouse or partner may choose whether they lose a Scheme A or Scheme B benefit. The choice must be in writing.

    Example: A member and their dependants live in Darwin. The member's spouse is an APS employee in the Department of Defence. The member and their other dependants are eligible for one Scheme A and one Scheme B benefit every year. The member's spouse is eligible for one Scheme A or one Scheme B benefit every year.

9.4.39 Schemes A and B – interaction with other travel benefits

  1. This section describes the conditions that apply to a member who has a remote location leave travel benefit that Scheme A or Scheme B conditions apply to.

  2. The total of recreation leave travel, remote location leave travel under this Division and reunion travel must not be more than seven trips a year.

9.4.40 Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements

  1. This section applies to a member if they or their dependants need to travel to or from Tindal as part of remote location leave travel.

  2. The member may be paid whichever of these costs is less.

    1. Vehicle allowance, for the journey between Tindal and Darwin.

      See: Part 6, Vehicle allowance

    2. Motor vehicle hire costs, as provided for under subsection 3.

  3. For the purpose of paragraph 2.b, motor vehicle hire costs comprise these costs.

    1. The cost of motor vehicle hire for the journey between Tindal and Darwin.

      Example: A member has six dependants who are travelling on remote location leave travel from Tindal. The member may be paid the cost of hiring a passenger van for the journeys between Tindal and Darwin.

    2. Reasonable insurance costs associated with the hire of the motor vehicle.

    3. Fuel costs for the journey between Tindal and Darwin.

    4. Reasonable additional compulsory charges.

      Example: One-way hire charges levied by the car hire company.

9.4.40A Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements

  1. This section applies to a member if they or their dependants need to travel outside of the posting location to access commercial air travel as a part of their remote location leave travel.

  2. If the member is posted to Woomera — the member may be paid vehicle allowance for return travel by private vehicle between Woomera and the airport at Olympic Dam.

  3. See: Part 6, Vehicle allowance

  4. If the member is posted to a location other than Woomera or Tindal — the member may be paid the lesser of the following for return travel between the posting location and the closest airport.

    1. Vehicle allowance, if the member or their dependants travel by private vehicle.

    2. The cost of travel by public transport for each eligible person travelling.

    Note: The closest airport is the one closest by travel time to the remote location.

    Example: The member and three dependants need to travel from the remote location to the location with an airport that provides commercial travel. The public transport that is available for this trip is by bus. The cost of the four bus tickets is higher than the rate of vehicle allowance for the same distance. The member is eligible for vehicle allowance.

9.4.41 Schemes A and B – dependants under the age of 18

  1. Dependants under the age of 18 may not make choices under this Division.

  2. The member may make any choices under this Division on behalf of dependants under the age of 18.

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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