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August

Defence Enterprise Agreement

With the commencement of the new Defence Enterprise Agreement two determinations were signed which allowed for the continuation of a number of conditions of employment for APS employees. The Determinations are as follows:

  • Defence Enterprise Agreement Determination No. 1 of 2017, Allowances and contributions (PDF 226KB)
  • Defence Enterprise Agreement Determination No. 2 of 2017, Overseas conditions of service (PDF 146KB)

These Determinations are policy neutral.

Health support allowance

This Determination amends the process that Reserve members must complete for the payment of the health support allowance.

These changes will be available in Chapter 4 Part 9 Division 3 on the date of effect.

Defence Determination 2017/27, Health support allowance - amendment, date of effect 19 August 2017. PDF (114KB) | Word (150KB)

Living-in accommodation, meals, utilities and excess service

This Determination makes the following changes.

  • It makes threshold periods consistent across most conditions of service
  • It reduces the period that a member may turn off their contribution for meals provided in Service messes
  • It amends time limits when a member's living-in accommodation, meals and utilities contributions cease during absences
  • It removes a redundant provision on excess Reserve service

These changes are available in Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 1 and Chapter 7 Part 4, Part 5, Part 9 Division 1 and Part 10.

Defence Determination 2017/26, Living-in accommodation, meals, utilities and excess service - amendments, date of effect 10 August 2017. PDF (116KB) | Word (159KB)

Trainees

This Determination provides an additional two tiers in the trainee salary rates for members who are participating in the undergraduate entry scheme completing a degree that takes longer than three years. These changes will be available in Chapter 3 Part 1 Schedule B.13 and Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division 1 on the date of effect.

DFRT Determination 7 of 2017, Trainees - amendments, date of effect 24 August 2017. PDF (268KB) | Word (170KB)

July

Post index calculation

This Determination provides a more efficient administrative process for publishing post indexes which are used to calculate a range of overseas allowances. This new process will automate the calculation of the post index figure for overseas postings and will remove the need for the monthly post index determination changes. These changes are available in Chapter 12 Part 3 and Chapter 15 Part 2, Part 2A and Part 3 Division 4.

Defence Determination 2017/25, Post index calculation - amendment, date of effect 10 August 2017. PDF (113KB) | Word (294KB)

Living-in accommodation and rent allowance

This Determination provides that a member's contribution towards living-in accommodation is no longer affected bythe number of people the member shares a room with but the number of beds in the room. It also provides that a member is eligible for assistance for costs associated with entering a rental lease if they are eligible for rent allowance. These changes are available in Chapter 7 Part 4 Division 3, Division 4 and Annex 7.4.B, Part 8 Division 6, Part 9 Division 1, and Part 10.

Defence Determination 2017/24, Living-in accommodation and rent allowance - amendment, date of effect 10 August 2017. PDF (115KB) | Word (223KB)

Leave

This Determination sets out a range of reforms to leave that support the introduction of
a new ADF payroll system to be used in the Department of Defence. These changes are available in Chapter 5 Part 4 Division 3, Division 5 and Division 8 and Part 9 Division 5.

Defence Determination 2017/23, Leave - amendment, date of effect 10 August 2017. PDF (129KB) | Word (292KB)

Post indexes

This Determination implements rebased post indexes for ADF members at overseas posting locations. These changes are available in Chapter 15 Part 2 Annex 15.2.A and Part 2A Annex 15.2A.A.

Defence Determination 2017/22, Post indexes - amendment, with effect 27 July 2017. PDF (108KB) | Word (369KB)

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.




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