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Division 1: Evacuation flights

14A.1.3 Person this Division applies to

  1. This Division applies to any of the following persons and the CDF requires or permits the person to evacuate an overseas location.

    1. A member on short-term duty overseas.

    2. A member on a long-term posting overseas.

    3. A dependant who accompanied a member specified in paragraph a or b.

  2. A decision under section 1 must be made personally by the CDF.

14A.1.4 Evacuation flights

  1. Subject to subsection 3, a person is eligible for an economy class flight from their location to one of the following.

    1. If the member is evacuated – the airport nearest the location where the member will work.

    2. If the member is evacuated at the same time as their dependants – the airport nearest the location where the member will work.

    3. In all other cases, the capital city nearest to the location where they will live.

    Notes:

    1. If more than one dependant from the same family group are evacuated at the same time, the location under paragraph b must be the same location.

    2. Flights include domestic flights that may not be connected with an international flight.

1A.    Subsection 1 also applies to a person who was evacuated on or after 27 March 2020 as though it were in force at that time.

  1. If more than one person in the same family group are evacuated at the same time and the following conditions apply, flights to the final destination may be broken once they have returned to Australia and completed an isolation period.

    1. All persons in the family group are required to isolate themselves.

    2. The final destination of the member and the dependants are different.

  2. If a person is required to evacuate and no reasonable economy class flights are available before the end of the period in which the person must have evacuated the location, the person is eligible for flights in the next higher class available.

    Note: Only economy class flights are available to people who evacuate to a location on a voluntary basis.

14A.1.5 End of evacuation flights

  1. Subject to subsection 3, a person who received an evacuation flight under section 14A.1.4 is eligible for an economy class flight from their nearest capital city in Australia to their posting location overseas or location of short-term duty.

  2. A return evacuation flight must not be taken before the CDF has advised it is safe to return to the posting location.

  3. A person is not eligible for an end of evacuation flight if they are a dependant whose evacuation period has ended under subparagraph c.ii or paragraph d of the definition of evacuation period in section 14A.1.2.

  4. A decision under section 2 must be made personally by the CDF.

14A.1.6 Excess baggage

A person who is eligible for a flight under one of the following sections is eligible to be reimbursed the cost for up to 20 kg of excess baggage for each flight.

  1. Section 14A.1.4 Evacuation flights.

  2. Section 14A.1.5 End of evacuation flights.

14A.1.6A Transit accommodation and meals

  1. This section applies to a person whose evacuation flights requires them to stay overnight in a location (being the third location) that is not the location they are being evacuated from or Australia.

  2. Subject to subsection 3, the person is eligible for accommodation, meals and incidentals that would otherwise be payable under section 13.3.6 for the period that they are in the third location.

  3. The following sections apply to the calculation of benefits provided for meals and incidentals under subsection 2.

    1. Section 13.3.9, Reduced rates for meals on day of arrival or departure.

    2. Section 13.3.10, Reduced eligibility for incidentals.



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