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Division 5: Other matters affecting the overseas living allowances – member posted on or after 1 July 2017

15.2A.21 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to provide what happens to a member's overseas living allowance in specific circumstances.

15.2A.22 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member when either of the following applies.

  1. The member or their dependants are temporarily absent from the posting location.

  2. The member permanently leaves the posting location before their dependants.

15.2A.23 Temporary absence from the posting location – accompanied member

  1. This section applies to a member when either of the following are temporarily absent from the posting location for longer than 28 days.

    1. The member and their dependants.

    2. The member's dependants.

  2. The member ceases to be eligible for the following allowances on the 29th day of the absence.

    1. Cost of posting allowance.

    2. Child supplement allowance.

    3. Notes: To avoid doubt, the following apply.

      1. A member continues to be eligible under section 15.2A.11 for the cost of living adjustment if they temporarily leave the posting location for longer than 28 days.

      2. The member remains eligible for the allowances specified under subsection 2 if their dependants remain in the posting location.

    2A.   Subsections 1 and 2 do not apply to a member who would have been absent from the posting location for less than 28 days if one of the following applies and the member left the posting location on or after 20 March 2020.

    1. They are required to isolate themself in response to an infectious disease.

    2. Transport back to the posting location is disrupted because of travel restrictions or limited travel opportunities in response to an infectious disease.

  3. The member is eligible for any allowances that have ceased under subsection 2 on the earlier of the following.

    1. The day the member returns to the posting location.

    2. If the member left the posting location before 20 March 2020 and they are required to isolate themself in response to an infectious disease — the day they commence the isolation period.

    3. If the member left the posting location before 20 March 2020 and their transport back to the posting location is disrupted because of travel restrictions or limited travel opportunities in response to an infectious disease — the day they would have returned to the posting location had the travel restriction or limited travel opportunities not existed.

15.2A.24 Temporary absence from the posting location – unaccompanied member

  1. The member ceases to be eligible for the cost of posting allowance if they are temporarily away from the posting location for longer than 28 days.
  2. Note:To avoid doubt, the member continues to be eligible for the cost of posting allowance until the end of the 28th day.

    1A.   Subsection 1 does not apply to a member who would have been absent from the posting location for less than 28 days if one of the following applies and the member left the posting location on or after 20 March 2020.

    1. They have not been required to isolate themself in response to an infectious disease.

    2. Transport back to the posting location had not been disrupted because of travel restrictions or limited travel opportunities in response to an infectious disease.

  3. The member is eligible for the cost of posting allowance ceased under subsection 1 on the earlier of the following if the member left the posting location before 20 March 2020.
    1. The day the member returns to the posting location.

    2. If the member left the posting location before 20 March 2020 and they are required to isolate themself in response to an infectious disease — the day they commence the isolation period.

    3. If the member left the posting location before 20 March 2020 and their transport back to the posting location has been disrupted because of travel restrictions or limited travel opportunities in response to an infectious disease — the day they would have returned to the posting location had the travel restriction or limited travel opportunities not existed.

15.2A.25 Member permanently leaves posting location before their dependants

  1. A member continues to be eligible for overseas living allowances if all of the following apply.
    1. The member permanently leaves the posting location.
    2. The member’s dependants remain in the posting location.
  2. Subsection 1 ceases to apply on the earlier of the following days.
    1. The day that the dependants leave the posting location.
    2. The day that is 28 days after the member leaves the posting location.
  3. The period under paragraph 2.b may be extended if the CDF is satisfied that it is reasonable having regard to the following.
    1. The reason the dependants remained in the posting location after the member's departure.
    2. The date the dependants will travel from the posting location at Commonwealth expense.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 15.2A.25.3 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay and administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.


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