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Part 2: Absence from place of duty

14A.2.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is to provide a member and their dependant with accommodation in a location overseas if the person is required to isolate themself for quarantine purposes relating to the COVID-19.

14A.2.2 Definitions

In this Part the following apply.

Family group means a group of persons consisting any of the following.

  1. A member.

  2. A person who has been recognised as a dependant of the member in paragraph a.

Isolation period means the greater period that a person is to remain in isolation as set under a law or direction of the health authorities of the person’s location or the posting location or place of duty they are to return to.

Required to isolate themself —A person is required to isolate themself if they are in a class of persons required by the law or direction of the health authorities that applies in the person’s location or the posting location or the place of duty they are to return to.

14A.2.3 Person this Part applies to

This Part applies to the following persons if they are away from their normal place of duty and are unable to return because of a law or direction of the health authorities that apply in their location or normal place of duty.

  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.

14A.2.4 Isolation benefits – long-term posting overseas

  1. A member is eligible for reasonable temporary accommodation in their location for the isolation period if all of the following apply.

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

    2. They are in a location other than their posting location.

    3. They are required to isolate themself before they return to the posting location.

  2. A dependant of a member is eligible for reasonable temporary accommodation in their location for the duration of the isolation period if all of the following apply.

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

    2. The dependant is in a location other than the member's posting location.

    3. The dependant is required to isolate themself before they return to the posting location.

  3. If this section applies to any of the following persons from the same family group in the same location, the family group must occupy the same temporary accommodation..

    1. A member.

    2. A dependant of the member.

14A.2.5 Isolation benefits – short-term duty overseas

  1. A member is eligible for reasonable temporary accommodation in their location for the duration of the isolation period if all of the following apply.

    1. They are on short-term duty overseas.

    2. One of the following applies.

      1. They are not at their place of duty.

      2. They are required to attend another place of duty.

    3. They are required to isolate themself before they return to the place of duty.

  2. A dependant of a member is eligible for reasonable temporary accommodation in their location for the duration of the isolation period if all of the following apply.

    1. The member is on short-term duty overseas.

    2. One of the following applies.

      1. The dependant is not at the member’s place of duty.

      2. The member is required to attend another place of duty and the dependant is to accompany them.

    3. The dependant is required to isolate themself before they return to the member’s place of duty.

  3. If this section applies to any of the following persons from the same family group in the same location, the family group must occupy the same temporary accommodation.

    1. A member.
    2. A dependant of the member.

14A.2.6 Meal supplement allowance

  1. A person who is provided temporary accommodation under this Part is eligible for meal supplement allowance for each day of the isolation period.
  2. Meal supplement allowance is not payable for a day on which one of the following applies.

    1. The person is receiving an allowance for meals for that day under another section of this Determination.
    2. They receive 3 or more meals without a fee being charged to the person.

  3. Subject to subsection 4, the rate of meal supplement allowance is the rate for the place where the person is one of the following.

    1. If the person is one of the following — Annex 13.3.A Part 1.
      1. A member holding a rank of Brigadier or higher.

      2. A dependant of a member holding the rank of Brigadier or higher.

    2. If the person is one of the following — Annex 13.3.A Part 2.
      1. A member holding a rank of Colonel or lower.

      2. A dependant of a member holding the rank of Colonel or lower.

  4. If a dependant is a person less than 13 years old, the rate of meal supplement allowance is 50% of the rate that would otherwise be payable.

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