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Part 8: Club membership

15.8.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is to provide for a member on a long term posting and their dependants to pursue sporting, recreational and fitness activities.

15.8.2 Definitions

For the purpose of this Part, the member’s location means the following.

  1. Subject to paragraph b, if a member's posting is to a country that is listed in section 15.8.7, the member's location is that country.

  2. If the member is posted to a city or an establishment within a city that is listed in section 15.8.7, the member's location is that city.

15.8.3 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member and their dependants at a member’s location that has an approved club.

15.8.4 Benefits in the member's location

  1. The member is eligible for the cost of membership to an approved club or a similar club for any of the following.

    1. The member.

    2. The member's dependants who reside in the member’s location.

  2. The maximum benefit is the cost of a membership at the approved club provided at section 15.8.7 in Column B for the member’s location listed in Column A.

  3. The cost of membership includes the joining fee and any ongoing annual membership fees.

15.8.5 Additional club membership costs

  1. The CDF may decide to pay reasonable additional club membership costs having regards to the following.

    1. Other recreational or social facilities available at the member’s location for a fee, including the arrangements for access to them and their cost.

    2. The nature of the member's duties at the member’s location, including any representational duties.

    3. The nature of the facilities at the approved club and at the club that the member joins.

    4. Any other factor relevant to the club membership at the member’s location.

  2. A member may be eligible for the additional costs of club membership if all of the following apply.

    1. The costs are associated with a dependant on a reunion visit.

    2. The reunion visit is to the location for which the member has received a benefit under this Part.

    3. The CDF considers it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection and paragraph on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
A person who is authorised to manage Defence personnel administration at the overseas post and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
A person working in the Pay an Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

15.8.6 Payment of benefit

A benefit under this Part may be paid by way of reimbursement to the member or directly to the service provider.

Note: If the benefit is paid directly to the service provider, the member must pay the Commonwealth the club membership costs that exceed the benefit provided in this Part.

15.8.7 Approved clubs

This table provides the approved clubs for a member’s location.

Approved clubs
Column A
Member's location
Column B
Approved club
Brunei Royal Brunei Yacht Club
Cambodia Phokeethra Sports Club, Phnom Penh
Cook Islands Fitness Cook Islands, Rarotonga
Ethiopia Hilton Hotel Health Club, Addis Ababa
Fiji Fiji Club, Suva
India Hyatt Hotel Health Club, New Delhi
Indonesia Elite Club Epicentrum, Jakarta
Israel Moadon Club, Tel Aviv
Italy Roman Sports Centre, Rome
Jordan Fitness First Club
Kiribati Betio Fishing Club, Tarawa
Korea Seoul Club
Kuwait Al Corniche Fitness Club
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur Kelab Darul Ehsan
Note: Basic membership only. The cost of golf membership must not be reimbursed to the member.
Malaysia Penang Sports Club
Marshall Islands Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort Cowry Club
Myanmar Pun Hlaing Golf Club
Pakistan Islamabad Club
Palau Palau Pacific Resort Recreational Club
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Golf Club
Philippines Shangri-La Fitness Club, Manila
Samoa Fitness Firm Samoa
Saudi Arabia Dirab Golf and Recreation Club
Solomon Islands Honiara Golf Club
Spain Holmes Place – Capitán Haya, Madrid
Sri Lanka Fitness Connection Gym
Thailand British Club, Bangkok
Tonga Tonga-Fit Gymnasium
Turkey Ankara Sehir Kulubu, Ankara (known as ASK Sports Club)
United Arab Emirates Hiltonia Health Club and Spa
USA – Manhattan New York Health and Racquet Club
Note: Only for members who are directed to live on Manhattan Island.
Vanuatu Warwick Le Legon Resort and Spa
Vietnam The Hanoi Club, Hanoi

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

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