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Division 3: Additional ongoing benefits

14A.1.9 Person this Division applies to

Unless otherwise stated, this Division applies to any of the following.

  1. A person who was evacuated under this Part.

  2. A member who meets all of the following.

    1. They are on a long-term posting overseas.

    2. They are in Australia.

    3. They are unable to return to their posting location as a consequence of COVID‑19 control measures.

  3. A dependant of a member who meets all of the following.

    1. The member is on a long-term posting overseas.

    2. The member is an accompanied member.

    3. The dependant is in Australia.

    4. The dependant is unable to return to the member’s posting location as a consequence of COVID‑19 control measures.

14A.1.10 Ongoing accommodation in Australia

  1. This section applies to a person for either of the following periods.

  2. Note: Under section 14A.1.11 a member may be reimbursed for part of the cost of the accommodation or be required to pay a contribution.

    1. If the person was evacuated, from the last day that accommodation is provided under section 14A.1.8A until the end of their evacuation period.

    2. If the person was not evacuated and unable to return to the posting location, from the last day that the person was otherwise expected to be in Australia until the person is able to return to the posting location.

    3. If the person was evacuated from China between 29 January 2020 and 10 February 2020, from 3 May 2020 until the end of their evacuation period.

  3. Subject to subsection 4, a person who is a member and does not have a dependant is eligible to occupy one of the following.

    1. If living-in accommodation is available in one of the following locations, living-in accommodation.

      1. On the Defence establishment where they will be expected to work during the evacuation period.

      2. On a Defence establishment that is within a 30 km radius from the location in Australia from where they will be expected to work during the evacuation period.

      Notes:
      1. No contribution is payable if the member occupies living-in accommodation.
      2. There is no obligation on the member to occupy living-in accommodation under this subsection.

    2. Reasonable temporary accommodation that is within a 30 km radius from the location in Australia from where they will be expected to work during the evacuation period.

  4. Subject to subsections 4 and 5, a person is eligible for reasonable temporary accommodation in one of the following locations for the duration of the evacuation period.

    1. If the person is a member who has a dependant, a location in Australia that is within a 30 km radius from where they will be expected to work during the evacuation period.

    2. If the person is a dependant of a member, one of the following locations.

      1. A location in Australia that is within a 30 km radius from where the member will be expected to work if the member is, or were to be, evacuated.

      2. If the person does not have an own home in Australia that is available to occupy, a location approved by the Director of Attaché and Overseas Management.

  5. A person is not eligible for accommodation under this section if they have an own home that they are able to occupy in the location where accommodation would be provided.

  6. If two or more dependants are from the same family group, the family group must live in the same location.

14A.1.11 Accommodation limits and contributions

  1. If a member books the accommodation under section 14A.1.10, the member is to be reimbursed the lesser of the following amounts.

    1. The weekly cost of the accommodation.

    2. one of the following.

      1. If the booking is for a single person or a couple — $995 each week.

      2. If the booking is for a family with up to 2 children — $1,250 each week.

      3. If the booking is for a family with more than 3 children — $1,920 each week.

  2. If Defence has booked the accommodation under section 14A.1.10, the member is to pay a contribution towards the cost of the accommodation calculated by the following.

  3. Where:

    Cost is the weekly cost of the accommodation.

    Rate is the applicable of the following.

    1. If the accommodation is for a single person or a couple — $995 each week.

    2. If the accommodation is for a family with up to 2 children — $1,250 each week.

    3. If the accommodation is for a family with more than 3 children — $1,920 each week.

14A.1.12 Larder establishment payment

  1. A person required to evacuate is eligible for a larder establishment payment when they stop being eligible for meal supplement allowance under section 14A.1.8.

  2. Note: A person permitted to evacuate or otherwise unable to return to the positing location overseas is not eligible for the larder establishment payment.

  3. The rate of the larder establishment payment is one of the following.

    1. If the person is 13 years old or older — $297.00.

    2. If the person is younger than 13 years old — $149.00.

  4. A person is only eligible for a larder establishment payment once.

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14A.1.14 Storage in the overseas location

A person is eligible for the storage of the following at their overseas location.

  1. If the member is on a long-term posting overseas, all of the following.

    1. Motor vehicles.

    2. Personal effects that cannot be reasonably secured in the accommodation occupied by the person in the posting location overseas or reasonably returned to Australia with the person.

  2. If a member is on short-term duty overseas, personal effects that cannot reasonably returned to Australia with the person.

14A.1.15 Pets remaining in a overseas location

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all of the following.

    1. The member is on a long-term posting overseas.

    2. ...

    3. The member has a pet in the posting location overseas.

    4. There is no person who could reasonably take care of the pet in the posting location for the duration of the evacuation period.

  2. The member is eligible for the reimbursement of reasonable costs for the housing and day to day care of the pet.

  3. The benefit provided in subsection 2 does not include costs associated with veterinary treatment or care of the pet.

14A.1.16 Overseas living allowances - member in Australia

  1. This section applies to a member who is receiving any allowance under one of the following.

    1. Chapter 15 Part 2, Overseas living allowances – member posted before 1 July 2017.

    2. Chapter 15 Part 2A, Overseas living allowances – member posted on or after 1 July 2017.

  2. Subsection 3 applies to a member paid the accompanied rate of an allowance under Chapter 15 Part 2 or Chapter 15 Part 2A.

  3. The Director of Attaché and Overseas Management may decide any the following having regard to advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    1. The rate of a specified allowance payable to the member is the unaccompanied rate.

    2. The member ceases to be eligible for a specified allowance.

  4. Subsection 5 applies to a member paid one of the following.

    1. The unaccompanied rate of an allowance under Chapter 15 Part 2 or Chapter 15 Part 2A.

    2. An allowance that only has one rate of payment.

  5. The Director of Attaché and Overseas Management may decide the member ceases to be eligible for a specified allowance having regard to advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  6. A decision under subsection 3 or 5 applies until the earlier of the following.

    1. The member returns to their posting location overseas.

    2. The member stops being eligible for the allowance under Chapter 15 Part 2 or Chapter 15 Part 2A.

14A.1.17 Hardship and location allowances - member in Australia

  1. This section applies to a member who was receiving one of the following allowances immediately before they left the posting location.

    1. Hardship allowance under Chapter 16 Part 2.

    2. Location allowance under Chapter 16 Part 2A.

  2. Subsection 3 applies to a member paid the accompanied rate of an allowance under Chapter 16 Part 2 or Chapter 16 Part 2A.

  3. The Director of Attaché and Overseas Management may decide any the following having regard to advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    1. The rate of a specified allowance payable to the member is the unaccompanied rate.

    2. The member ceases to be eligible for a specified allowance.

  4. Subsection 5 applies to a member paid the unaccompanied rate of an allowance under Chapter 16 Part 2 or Chapter 16 Part 2A.

  5. The Director of Attaché and Overseas Management may decide the member ceases to be eligible for a specified allowance having regard to advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  6. A decision under subsection 3 or 5 applies until the earlier of the following.

    1. The member returns to their posting location overseas.

    2. The member stops being eligible for the allowance under Chapter 16 Part 2 or Chapter 16 Part 2A.

14A.1.17A Additional recreation leave for hardship locations – member in Australia

  1. This section applies to a member eligible to receive additional recreation leave under one of the following.

    1. Part 3, Additional recreation leave – member posted before 1 July 2017.

    2. Part 3A, Additional recreation leave – member posted on or after 1 July 2017.

  2. Additional recreation leave does not accrue from the day the member ceases to receive one of the following allowances.

    1. Hardship allowance.

    2. Location allowance.

  3. This section ceases to apply at the end of the member’s evacuation period.

14A.1.18 Education assistance

  1. A member is eligible to be reimbursed the cost of up to 10 hours a week tuition for each school age dependant and continues to study the curriculum of the school at the posting location overseas until the earlier of the following.

    1. The evacuation period for the school age dependant ends.

    2. The school age dependant is enrolled in a school in Australia.

  2. The maximum a member may be reimbursed under subsection 1 is $106 an hour.

  3. For the purpose of subsection 1 a child stops studying the curriculum of the school at the posting location overseas if they are enrolled in a school in Australia.

    Note: A member continues to be eligible for the following benefits if a dependant is a child and continues to study the curriculum of the school at the posting location overseas.

    1. Child leaves Australia to study at posting location under section 15.6.10.

    2. School transport costs under section 15.6.11.

    3. Compulsory education fee under section 15.6.12.

    4. Foreign language tuition under section 15.6.13.

    5. Remedial tuition under section 15.6.14.

14A.1.19 Additional benefits

To avoid doubt, this Division does not stop a person from being eligible for the following benefits during the evacuation period.

  1. Excess health costs under Chapter 15 Part 5.

  2. Loss or damage to possessions overseas under Chapter 14 Part 6 Division 3.

  3. Extraordinary costs under Chapter 16 Part 7.

14A.1.19A Temporary duty in Australia

A member is eligible for travel under Chapter 9 if all of following apply.

  1. The member is required to undertake duty in another location on a temporary basis.

  2. It is not reasonable to expect the member to commute to and from the location by either of the following.

    1. Car.

    2. Metropolitan public transport.



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