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Division 6: Removal on ceasing continuous full-time service

6.5.45 Purpose

This Division describes the benefits for a member who is removed on ceasing continuous full-time service, or in advance of ceasing.

Note: 'Ceasing continuous full-time service' includes all forms of discharge. This includes on retirement, retrenchment, and on completing a period of engagement. Note that Division 1 section 6.5.5 prevents some members who cease continuous full-time service from having a removal benefit.

Note: In the total workforce model, 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.

6.5.46 Removal on ceasing continuous full-time service

  1. A member who qualifies for a removal on ceasing continuous full-time service is eligible for the removal of their furniture and effects at Commonwealth expense. This table sets out different members' benefits.

    See: Division 1 section 6.5.4, Members eligible for a removal

    Removal benefits
    Item If the member... then their removal benefit is...
    1. plans to live at a different location in Australia after ceasing continuous full-time service. from the posting location that the member was last removed to before ceasing continuous full-time service
    to a home in another Australian location, that the member will live in after ceasing continuous full-time service
    inclusive of any move from the posting location to a Commonwealth removalist's store in either the posting location or the location of the member's new home.
    See: Division 7 section 6.5.60, Storage on ceasing continuous full-time service.
    2. meets both the following conditions.
    1. The member occupies and receives housing assistance for any of:
      1. living-in accommodation; or
      2. a Service residence; or
      3. a rent allowance residence.
    2. The member plans to live in Australia in the same location after ceasing full-time service.
    from the living-in accommodation, service residence or rent allowance residence
    to the home in the same location that the member will live in after ceasing continuous full-time service
    inclusive of any move to a Commonwealth removalist's store in the posting location.
    See: Division 7 section 6.5.60, Storage on ceasing continuous full-time service.
    3. meets both the following conditions.
    1. The member occupies a home where they are not receiving housing assistance under Chapter 7, Parts 6 or 8.
    2. The member plans to live in the Australian posting location that the member was last removed to before ceasing continuous full-time service.
    no removal benefit.
    4. plans to live at a different location in Australia and meets both of the following conditions.
    1. Has moved their goods to store in that location at Commonwealth expense.
    2. Moves to a location other than the one where the goods were stored.
    no removal benefit.
    5. plans to relocate overseas after ceasing continuous full-time service from the location where the member last had a removal
    to the Australian capital city that is the nearest point of deployment to the overseas destination. The Commonwealth will remove and deliver their goods to the agent they use to ship those goods overseas from that capital city. This will fulfil all Commonwealth obligations.
    6. is a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service, appointed or enlisted in Australia from the location where the member last had a removal
    to one of these locations.
    1. The location where they lived immediately before they began full-time service.
    2. Another destination. The Commonwealth will only pay up to the amount that option a. would have cost.
    7. is a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service, appointed or enlisted from an overseas country from the location where the member last had a removal
    to one of these locations.
    1. The capital city in Australia that is the nearest point of deployment to the overseas destination. The Commonwealth will pay only for removal and delivery to the agent the member uses to ship their goods overseas from that capital city.
    2. Another destination, if the member intends staying in Australia after ceasing. The Commonwealth will only pay up to the amount that Option a. would have cost.

    Example for table item 4: A member is posted in Townsville. On ceasing continuous full-time service the member chooses to have their items moved to storage in Brisbane while they search for a home there. The member then receives a job offer in Sydney and wants their items moved to a home in Sydney. The items in storage in Brisbane will not be relocated to Sydney at Commonwealth expense.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C.

  3. The removal can be timed in accordance with this table.

    Removal timing
    Item The member may be removed... if...
    1. before ceasing continuous full-time service the member has received a discharge authority. The removal may take place at either of these times:
    1. During long service leave or other leave that comes immediately before the date of ceasing.
    2. Any time during the final 12 months of service.
    2. for compassionate reasons before ceasing continuous full-time service the CDF is satisfied that at least one of the following conditions is met.
    1. The removal is the result of a dependant's illness. It must be supported by a civilian medical practitioner and endorsed by the Defence Health Service.
    2. Suitable accommodation is not available in the member's current posting location.
    3. Suitable secondary or higher education for the member's child or children is not available in their current posting location.
    4. There are other exceptional reasons that require the member to move.
    The member must provide copies of relevant documents to the CDF. A medical certificate is one example.
    The member need not have received a discharge authority. The removal can be more than 12 months before ceasing.
    3. after ceasing full time service it is no more than 12 months after the date of ceasing.
    Exception: The CDF may extend this period if the CDF considers it reasonable in the circumstances.
    See: Division 7 subsection 6.5.60.4, Storage on ceasing continuous full-time service
  4. This subsection applies to a member who does not complete their service at the time notified in the discharge authority, and who continues to serve. The member must pay to the Commonwealth any amount they received for the removal. This does not apply if the removal coincides with a posting during the final 12 months of service.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 6.5.46.2, table item 2 and table item 3, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Personnel Policy
Director Navy Employment Conditions
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel Policy – Army
Staff Officer Grade 1 – Personnel Policy – Army
Director General Career Management Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Service Conditions – Air Force


6.5.47 Removal if service continues after intended date of ceasing

  1. A member may have had a removal in advance of ceasing continuous full-time service, but they continue to serve beyond the date notified in their discharge authority.

  2. On their next posting, the member is eligible for a removal at Commonwealth expense. It is limited to the cost of a removal from a. to b. below.

    1. The location they were posted to immediately before the removal in advance of ceasing continuous full-time service.

    2. The new posting location.

    Example: A member posted in Melbourne is removed to Perth in advance of ceasing. The member continues to serve past their expected date of ceasing. They are then posted to Sydney. They are eligible for a removal only to the value of a removal from Melbourne to Sydney.

  3. If the member's next posting is to a seagoing ship, they are eligible for a removal to the value of a removal from their home port.

  4. The limits on the benefits in subsections 2 and 3 do not apply in either of these cases.

    1. Both the following conditions are met.

      1. The member was granted a removal to a personal location where benefits are provided.

        See: Division 3 section 6.5.19, Compassionate removal to a personal location where benefits are provided

      2. The Commonwealth did not place cost limits on the removal.

    2. The removal in advance of ceasing continuous full-time service corresponds with a regular removal on posting during the final 12 months of the member's service.

6.5.48 Removal on ceasing continuous full-time service at own request

  1. A member who ceases continuous full-time service at their own request is eligible for a removal to one of the locations in the table in Division 6 section 6.5.46. To qualify, they must meet the relevant conditions in this table.

    Removal condition
    Item If the member is... then the condition for removal is that...
    1.
    1. an other rank member, or
    2. an officer on a fixed tenure appointment.
    Note: 'Other rank' members are listed in DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries, Part A Division 1 section A.1.9, General (definitions)
    they must have completed one of these periods.
    1. Their initial period of engagement or appointment.
    2. Six years' continuous full-time service.
    2. an officer on an indefinite appointment they must have completed, in total, six years' continuous full-time service.
  2. The member might not meet the conditions in the table in subsection 1 above. In this case, the CDF may still approve a removal if satisfied that the member meets all of these conditions.

    1. There are compassionate reasons for ceasing continuous full-time service that cannot be resolved by any other means.

    2. The compassionate reasons are beyond the member's control.

    3. The circumstances leading to the request to cease continuous full-time service have come about since the member enlisted or was appointed, or have seriously worsened since that time.

  3. For a member with less than three years' continuous full-time service who is offered a removal under subsection 2, the Commonwealth subsidy for a removal is limited. It covers only the cost of a removal to one of these places.

    1. The member's place of enlistment.

    2. For an overseas applicant, the port of entry to Australia.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.5.48.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Personnel Policy
Director Navy Employment Conditions
Director General Personnel – Army
Staff Officer Grade 1 – Personnel Policy – Army
Director Personnel Policy – Army
Director General Career Management Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Deputy Director Flexible Employment and Remuneration (Air Force)
WGCDR Personnel Managers within the Directorate of Personnel – Air Force


6.5.49 Removal of a vehicle on ceasing continuous full-time service

A member's eligibility for the removal of a vehicle on ceasing continuous full-time service is the same as for removal of a vehicle on posting. This includes removal of a towable item or a recreational or hobby vehicle.

See: Division 5 section 6.5.40, Removal of vehicle on posting

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




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