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This table defines terms used in this Chapter.
|Term||Definition in this Chapter|
|Date of purchase||The date they enter into a contract to buy their own home.
Example: The member formally exchanges contracts.
|Date of sale||For a member's own home, the date they enter into a contract to sell the home.|
|Hotel||Includes a motel, boarding house or similar accommodation. It does not include a serviced apartment.
See: The definition of serviced apartment in this section.
|HomeFind||The electronic database and home allocation system maintained by the Defence Housing Australia.|
|Own home and 'ownership'||
Example: Three members buy an equal third share in a home. They rent it out when posted out of the home's location. When one of the members returns to the home's location, the member is taken to own the home.
Example 1: The member is the sole beneficiary of a trust. Their dependant is the trustee who holds the legal title. The home is still the member's because they have an equitable interest in it.
Example 2: The member's home is mortgaged to a lender. The member is still taken to own the home even though the lender also has an interest in it.
See: Part 2
|Posting location||See: Section 7.1.15|
|Rent||A charge for a rented home for which rent allowance is payable. It includes both these charges if they apply.
See: Part 8 Division 4 section 7.8.19, Working out rent allowance
|Rent ceiling||An amount that is the maximum fortnightly rent that can be used to work out a member's rent allowance.
Part 8 Division 2, Rent ceilings
Annex 7.E, Rent ceilings
|Resident child carer||A person who has not been recognised as a dependent for conditions of service purposes and who is living with the member's family for the purpose of providing child care for the member's dependent children.
Note: A resident child carer is not provided at Commonwealth expense. This relationship is an arrangement between the member and the child carer.
Part 6 Division 2 section 7.6.8, Resident child carer, for Service residences
Part 8 Division 4 section 7.8.22, Resident child carer, for rent allowance
|Service residence||A home provided by the Commonwealth.|
|Serviced apartment||Accommodation that the CDF is satisfied is a serviced apartment. The CDF must consider all these criteria.
|Suitable accommodation||See: Section 7.1.17|
|Utilities||See: Part 10 section 7.10.2, Utilities – definition|
|Utility connection deposit||A deposit required before water, gas or electricity services can be supplied to a home.|
Persons who can make the decision under section 7.1.14, definition of serviced apartment on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:
Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.55 defines the basic meaning of posting location for service within Australia. This table defines exceptions and particular cases under this Chapter. This makes sure that housing assistance is targeted at a member's home even if they are away from it.
|Item||If the member is...||and the member...||then their posting location is...|
|1.||a former member||rejoins the ADF||where they lived just before they rejoined the ADF.|
|2.||a member with dependants||meets both these conditions.
See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 1 for removals
|where the dependants lived immediately before the member joined the ADF.|
|3.||a member with dependants (unaccompanied)||meets both of these conditions.
||the location of the member's dependants' first Australian home.|
|4.||a member with dependants||is deployed for six months or longer||either of these places.
|5.||a member with dependants||meets all these conditions.
||where their dependants live until the end of the calendar year.
See: Part 6 Division 9 section 7.6.61, Member keeps a Service residence at losing location
|6.||a member with dependants (unaccompanied)||is posted away from their dependants' home||where their dependants live until the member stops being a member with dependants (unaccompanied).|
|7.||a member with dependants (unaccompanied)||has dependants who live in a personal location for which housing assistance benefits are not provided||the location where the member is posted.|
|8.||a member with dependants (unaccompanied)||has dependants who live in a personal location for which housing assistance benefits are provided||the location where the member is posted.|
|9.||a member with or without dependants||is posted to any of these locations.
||the location they are given a removal to.
See: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 4 section 6.5.36.
|10.||a member with or without dependants||is posted to a location in a greater area approved by the CDF under Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 paragraph 126.96.36.199.b||whichever of these locations has the lower rent ceiling.
|11.||A Sydney/ Holsworthy housing scheme member, described in section 7.1.16||retains housing assistance in the Sydney location||Sydney.|
|12.||participating in the Puckapunyal housing trial, described in section 7.1.16A||is posted to Puckapunyal Military Area and has their posting location extended by CDF under subsection 188.8.131.52||Seymour.|
Examples of item 10:
A member is posted to Newcastle. They are given permission to live at Singleton. Their posting location extends to Singleton. They are only eligible for the rent ceiling for Singleton as it has the lower rent ceiling.
A member is posted to Singleton. They are given permission to live in Newcastle. Their posting location extends to Newcastle. They are still only eligible for the rent ceiling for Singleton, as it has the lower rent ceiling.
A Sydney/Holsworthy housing scheme member is a member who meets all of the following conditions.
The member is in the Navy.
The member is posted to 2 Commando Regiment, Holsworthy Barracks, Liverpool.
The member was posted to the Sydney posting location immediately before their posting to 2 Commando Regiment.
The member had a Service residence or rent allowance residence in the Sydney posting location immediately before their posting to 2 Commando Regiment, Holsworthy.
The member has applied to have their posting location extended to include their current Service residence or rent allowance residence in the Sydney posting location.
The CDF has decided the member has an extended posting location from Holsworthy, using the powers in section 1.3.55.
See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.55, Posting location – within Australia
The member is living in a location that would normally fall within the Sydney posting location.
The member has given the following to the Housing Management Centre Manager for the Sydney location.
A copy of the member's application for an extension of posting location.
A copy of the approval.
If the member moves to the Holsworthy area which does not also form part of the Sydney area, the extended posting location is revoked and the normal Holsworthy posting location applies.
This section applies to a member who is posted to the Puckapunyal Military Area between 11 January 2018 and 31 December 2020.
A member may apply for an extension of the posting location for the Puckapunyal housing trial under subsection 184.108.40.206 for either of the following reasons.
See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.55, Posting location – within Australia
To enable the member's spouse or partner to undertake specified employment or study.
Note: Specified employment does not include home based employment.
To enable the member to access professional services for a dependant with special needs.
A member who has their posting location extended under subsection 220.127.116.11 is eligible for a Service residence or rent allowance in the extended posting location.
If the member's participation in the housing trial ceases and the member elects to relocate to the posting location, the member is eligible for housing assistance within the Puckapunyal posting location.
Suitable accommodation must meet all of these conditions.
It is in the member's posting location.
It can accommodate the member and dependants, if any.
It meets any levels or standards that depend on the rank of the member.
Exception: A rented home or an own home.
It is available within a reasonable time.
The type of housing that is suitable also depends on the category of member, as shown in this table.
|Item||If the member...||then suitable accommodation may be...|
|1.||is a member with dependants||any of the following.|
|2.||is a member with dependants (unaccompanied)||
|3.||meets both the following conditions:
|4.||is a member without dependants||any of the following.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.