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Part 6: Expenses when a posting is cancelled

6.6.1 Purpose

When a member's posting is cancelled before they start duty in the new location, they may be reimbursed what they spent preparing for it.

6.6.2 When this Part applies

This Part applies when all the following conditions are met.

  1. A member has received a posting authority.

    Note: A posting authority includes written notification of a short-term mission overseas.

  2. The posting authority is cancelled before they begin duty in the new posting.

  3. The cancellation was not caused by their personal circumstances.

  4. They spent money on goods and services as a direct result of the posting authority.

  5. They are not eligible for a refund from a third party of what they spent.

    Note: 'Third party' means the supplier of the goods or services, or the supplier who would normally provide a refund when a service is cancelled or goods are returned.

  6. They cannot use those goods or services on their next posting.

6.6.3 Amount of reimbursement

  1. If the member had taken up the posting, some or all of their costs may have been covered by a relevant allowance. In this case, any amount they are reimbursed must be no more than they would have received under the allowance.

  2. This table sets out the relevant allowances.

    Relevant allowances
    Item Allowance Reference
    1. Disturbance allowance Part 1 Division 1
    2. Reimbursement for loss on sale of a vehicle Part 2
    3. Housing assistance Chapter 7
    4. Education assistance Chapter 8 Part 4
    5. Reimbursement for loss of a child's scholarship Chapter 8 Part 4 Division 3
    6. Reimbursement for equipment costs Chapter 13 Part 3 Division 2
    7. Transfer allowance Chapter 14 Part 3 Division 3
  3. The CDF may approve an amount for any costs considered reasonable and unavoidable in either of these circumstances.

    1. The member was not eligible for an allowance.

    2. The member was eligible for an allowance and the costs are more than the allowance would have paid.

  4. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. What the money was spent on.

    2. The circumstances under which the money was spent.

    3. How the member continues to benefit from the goods and services.

    4. Any other factor relevant to the costs.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 6.6.3.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Career Management – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel Policy – Air Force

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



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