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Division 3: Authorised travel on removal

9.6.14 Purpose

This Division sets out a member's benefits when they travel by private vehicle on removal.

9.6.15 Conditions

  1. A member's travel on removal in a private vehicle is taken to be authorised if either of these criteria is met.

    1. The Commonwealth requires the member to drive the vehicle.

    2. The member chooses to drive the vehicle when the Commonwealth would have paid to transport it.

    Note: This section applies to removal to the new location. It also applies to removal travel journeys described in subsection 4.

  2. The Commonwealth may require that a second vehicle owned by the member, or their dependant, be driven on removal. In this case, travel is taken to be authorised.

  3. A member may be unable, for Service reasons, to drive the private vehicle on removal. In this case, the CDF may authorise a dependant of the member to drive the vehicle.

  4. A member posted for duty to a new location may be authorised to travel by private vehicle before the date of posting, or after they begin duty. This table sets out journeys that may be authorised.

    Journeys that may be authorised
    Item If the member travels... then they may be authorised to travel by private vehicle...
    1. before they begin duty in the new location
    1. with their dependants to the new location to arrange accommodation and supervise unpacking of furniture and effects, and
    2. back to the old location.
    2. after they begin duty in the new location
    1. back to the old location to supervise uplift, and
    2. to accompany their dependants to the new location.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.6.15.3 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:

  • National Relocations Administration Services Manager
  • Regional Relocations Manager
  • Relocation Administration Services Manager
  • Senior Case Manager
Commanding Officer and Supply Officer, HMA Ships

9.6.16 Benefit

  1. For authorised travel on removal, a member is eligible for the sum of the following amounts.

    1. Vehicle allowance at the rate worked out under Division 5 section 9.6.25.

    2. Any increase to the allowance that applies under Division 5 section 9.6.26.

      Exception: If subsection 9.6.15.2 or 3 applies, no increase will be granted.

    3. Travel costs under Annex 9.5.A.

      See: Annex 9.5.A, Amounts for accommodation using travelling allowance and amounts for meals and incidentals for travelling allowance and travel card

    4. The amount worked out under Part 5 Division 2 for accommodation and meals of any dependants.

  2. Benefits under subsection 1 are worked out based on these assumptions.

    1. The member took the most direct practicable route and did not take stopovers they could avoid.

    2. The member took no more than the allowable travel time.

  3. If the member has chosen to drive the vehicle, the amount of benefit is limited. It must not be more than the Commonwealth would have paid in total for these two costs.

    1. Travel by the member and any dependants.

    2. Transport of the vehicle (unless the travel is under subsection 9.6.15.4).

  4. For authorised travel for removal of a second vehicle, the member is eligible for the sum of the following amounts. They are worked out as if the shortest practicable route were taken.

    1. Vehicle allowance at the rate worked out under section 9.6.25. This does not include any increase under section 9.6.26. The member is not eligible for the increased rate for passengers for travel on removal in a second vehicle.

    2. If the vehicle is transported for part of the journey: the cost of transporting the vehicle and any caravan or trailer being towed with the vehicle.

  5. The benefit under subsection 4 is limited to the cost of transporting the vehicle for the whole journey.

9.6.17 Travel before deployment

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

    1. The member is a member without dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

    2. The member is deployed for six months or longer.

    3. The member is eligible for storage of a car and towable item at Commonwealth expense.

    4. The member chooses instead to store their car and towable item somewhere other than a commercial storage facility.

      Exception: Storage on the base.

      Example: Storage at a friend's home.

  2. The member may be paid the lesser of the following amounts.

    1. Vehicle allowance calculated in accordance with section 9.6.25, for the journey from the member's accommodation to the place the vehicle is stored.

      See: Division 5 section 9.6.25, Amount of allowance and calculation of distance

    2. The cost of storing the vehicle for the length of the deployment, in a commercial storage facility for vehicles that has been approved by Defence Housing Australia.

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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Further info

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Intergrated Travel Solutions

1800 333 362

Travel.ITS@defence.gov.au

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Defence Service Centre

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