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Division 1 : Funeral costs, floral and non-floral tributes for deceased members or former members

11.4.5 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to provide financial assistance for funeral costs, floral and non-floral tributes to a member’s dependants when a member or a former member dies.

11.4.6 Member or former member this Division applies to

  1. This Division applies in relation to a deceased member or former member who was in any of the following classes immediately before they died.

    1. A member of the Permanent Forces.

    2. A member of the Reserves in any of the following circumstances at the time of death.

      1. On continuous full-time service.

      2. Undergoing training.

      3. Attending a parade or bivouac.

      4. The death is due to injuries suffered, or illness contracted, while serving in the ADF.

      5. The member had been on overseas operational deployment within the previous 12 months.

    3. A member of the Reserves or a retired member who met one of the following conditions before death.

      1. The member held the rank of two-Star or above.

      2. The relevant Service Chief has requested that a benefit be provided for the member under this Part, having regard to the member's distinguished career.

      3. A member of the Air Force who held a one-star rank or above before 7 May 1999.

      4. A Chaplain who was appointed as a Principal Air Chaplain before 7 May 1999.

    4. A recipient of the Victoria Cross or the Victoria Cross for Australia.

  2. The Director General Defence Community Organisation may approve a funeral at Commonwealth expense for a deceased member or former member not specified under subsection 1 if requested by the relevant Service Chief.

11.4.7 Member this Division does not apply to

This Division does not make any provision in relation to the following deceased members.

  1. A member who was absent without leave at the time of death.

  2. A member who died while on duty overseas and who has an overseas funeral.

  3. Related information: Provisions for these members are in Chapter 15 Part 9 section 15.9.3, Assistance if member dies.

11.4.8 Definition

In this Division, legal personal representative means either of the following.

  1. The executor of the deceased member or former member's will.

  2. The administrator of the deceased member or former member's estate.

11.4.9 Funeral costs

  1. The Director General Defence Community Organisation may approve an application for the payment for costs related to a deceased member or former member's funeral, up to $14,000.

  2. When considering whether to approve costs under subsection 1, the Director General Defence Community Organisation must have regard to the following.

    1. ...
    2. The person's wishes, as communicated through the deceased member or former member's legal personal representative.

    3. Any requirements of the relevant religion, faith or culture of the deceased member or former member.

  3. The Director General Defence Community Organisation may approve payment of additional costs related to the funeral amount specified in subsection 1, if satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances.

  4. The approved costs under this Division may be paid to any of the following people.

    1. The deceased member or former member's dependant.

    2. The deceased member or former member's legal personal representative.

    3. The service provider.

    4. Examples: Funeral director, minister.

11.4.10 Funeral overseas

  1. This section applies if both of the following conditions are met.

    1. An eligible member or former member dies in Australia.

    2. The deceased member or former member's family choose to have a private funeral overseas.

  2. The Director General Defence Community Organisation may approve costs up to the amount specified in subsection 11.4.9.1.

  3. Overseas funeral arrangements are the responsibility of the deceased member or former member's next of kin or legal personal representative.

  4. Mourners' travel and accommodation costs will not be met by the Commonwealth.

11.4.10A Memorial services after the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. In this section:

  2. Beneficiary, in respect of a member, means one of the following persons.

    1. A dependant of the member.

    2. The member’s legal personal representative.

    COVID-19 control measure means a measure, however described, taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 issued by the Commonwealth government or a State or Territory government.

    Member means a deceased member or deceased former member.

  3. A beneficiary is eligible for financial assistance towards the costs of a memorial service of a member if all the following apply.

    1. The member’s funeral occurs while COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals are in place.

    2. The memorial service is to be held in Australia.

    3. Director General Defence Community Organisation is satisfied of the following.

      1. The memorial service is consistent with the member’s wishes.

      2. The memorial service is consistent with the requirements of the member’s faith, religion or culture.

      Note: Memorial services for members on long-term postings overseas are provided for in section 15.9.3.

  4. The memorial service must occur between the following days.

    1. The day COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals ends.

    2. The day 12 months after COVID-19 control measures relating to funerals ends.
  5. The maximum financial assistance available is the greater of the following.

    1. The lesser of the following.

      1. The cost of the memorial service.

      2. $14,000 less the amount paid under section 11.4.9 or 15.9.3, if any.

    2. If there are exceptional circumstances — the amount approved by the Director General Defence Community Organisation.

  6. The financial assistance available under this section may be paid to a service provider.

11.4.11 Travel and accommodation

  1. In this section, member means a deceased member or deceased former member.
  2. 1A. Subject to subsection 1B, any of the following persons are eligible for travel and two nights’ accommodation in Australia to attend the funeral or memorial service of a member.

    1. A dependant of the member.

    2. A person accompanying the dependant if the dependant is very young, aged, has an illness or is severely distressed.

    3. The member’s parents.

    1B. Section 1A does not apply if any of the following apply.

    1. The funeral or memorial service is to be held in the location where the person eligible for travel and accommodation under subsection 2 lives.

    2. The funeral or memorial service is to be held overseas under one of the following.

      1. Section 11.4.10, Funeral overseas.

      2. Section 15.9.3, Assistance if member dies.

  3. A person eligible for accommodation under subsection 1A is eligible for an additional nights’ accommodation if all the following apply.

    1. The person is attending a funeral to which section 11.4.9 applies.

    2. Note: This does not apply to memorial services.

    3. The Director General Defence Community Organisation is satisfied that it is required due to travel requirements and the time of the funeral service.
  4. Travel and accommodation must be organised using Defence business travel arrangements up to the maximum amount that would have been paid if they were eligible for travel and accommodation costs under Chapter 9.

  5. Note: The travel and accommodation benefit payable is based on the rank of the deceased member or former member.

    See: Chapter 9
    Part 1, Basic travel benefits
    Part 5 Annex 9.5.A, Amounts for accommodation, meals and incidentals

  6. The Director General Defence Community Organisation may approve a higher maximum amount payable for accommodation under subsection 3 if either of the following occurs.

    1. There is no accommodation under the Defence business travel arrangements at the rate specified under Annex 9.5.A.

    2. There is no accommodation under the Defence business travel arrangements at the funeral location.

  7. People approved under subsection 1 will be reimbursed the cost of meals, up to the amount they would have been paid if they were eligible for meal costs under Annex 9.5.A.

  8. Note: The cost of incidentals will not be reimbursed.

11.4.12 Floral and non-floral tributes

  1. The CDF may approve floral and non-floral tributes in respect of a member at Commonwealth expense for any of the following events.

    1. An annual celebration of remembrance for a deceased member or deceased former member.

    2. A memorial occasion of national importance for the remembrance of a deceased member or deceased former member.

  2. The maximum amount payable for floral and non-floral tributes is $250.

See:
Section 11.4.6, Member or former member this Division applies to
Section 11.4.9, Funeral costs

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 11.4.12.1 on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding, not below MAJ(E)/APS 6, in the member's direct chain of command.
Director General Navy People
Director General Army People Capability
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director General Defence Community Organisation

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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