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Part 2: Hardship allowance – member posted before 1 July 2017

16.2.1 Purpose

Hardship allowance assists members and their dependants with the difficult conditions that may be encountered at a hardship location.

16.2.2 Member this Part applies to

  1. This Part applies to a member posted before 1 July 2017 to a hardship location.

  2. See: Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.9A for the definition of Member posted before 1 July 2017

  3. When a member leaves a long-term hardship location with a period of leave credit that accrued while the member was at the location, the CDF may authorise a payment of hardship allowance. This payment is made in the same manner that overseas living allowances are paid when the member takes that period of leave.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 16.2.2.2 on behalf of the CDF:
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.

16.2.3 Member this Part does not apply to

This part does not apply to a member for a period when any of the following conditions apply to the member.

  1. They are not entitled to salary.

  2. They are absent from a hardship location, except as provided in section 16.2.6.

16.2.3A Definitions

In this Part the following definitions apply.

  1. Hardship location includes a provisional hardship location.
  2. Qualifying location means any of the following.

    1. A hardship location.

    2. A location for which the member received deployment allowance.

  3. Qualifying period means the lesser of the following periods of duty performed by a member.

    1. A period of 28 continuous days.

    2. A period determined by the CDF.

      Note: The CDF must consider the criteria under subsection 16.1.9.2.

16.2.3B Eligibility for hardship allowance

  1. A member is eligible for hardship allowance if they meet the qualifying period in one or more qualifying locations.
  2. The dual Commonwealth benefit rule under section 16.1.5 applies to this allowance.

16.2.4 Payment of hardship allowance

  1. Subject to subsection 2, a member eligible for hardship allowance is paid the allowance commencing on the day they entered the hardship location.

  2. Hardship allowance is not payable for any of the following periods.

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

      1. If the member is an unaccompanied member, a period beginning 29 days after the member is temporarily absent from the hardship location and ending the day before they return.

      2. If the member is an accompanied member, a period beginning 29 days after the member and all dependants are temporarily absent from the hardship location and ending the day before they return.

      3. Note: The allowance is still payable while any dependants remain at the hardship location.

    2. A period the member is receiving deployment allowance unless the member is an accompanied member and at least one dependant remains at the hardship location.

    3. Note: This includes days on deployment that contributed to the qualifying period.

    4. If the member is on short-term duty overseas, a period the member is temporarily absent from the hardship location.

  3. Despite subsection 2, if any of the following events occur and the member left the hardship location on or after 20 March 2020 payment of hardship allowance will recommence on the day the member or their dependant would have returned to the hardship location had the event not occurred.

    1. The member is required to isolate themself in response to an infectious disease.

    2. The member's transport back to the posting location has been disrupted because of travel restrictions or limited travel opportunities in response to an infectious disease.

16.2.5 Rate of allowance

  1. Subject to section 16.2.7, the member is paid the rate for the grade of the location in which they are performing duty and their status as an unaccompanied or accompanied member. The rates are set out in the following table.

  2. Hardship allowance
    Item Hardship location grade

    Rate (AUD per year)

    Unaccompanied member Accompanied member
    1.
    A
    0
    0
    2.
    B
    0
    0
    3.
    C
    7,781
    13,226
    4.
    D
    10,371
    17,631
    5.
    E
    15,371
    25,631
    6.
    F
    19,214
    32,039

    See: Section 16.2.7, Duty in another hardship location

    Note: These rates are subject to income tax.

  3. Hardship allowance is paid fortnightly on a pro rata basis using the calculation provided under section 3.2.7.

  4. See: Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 1 section 3.2.7, Administration of salary and allowances

16.2.6 Hardship allowance eligibility ends

Eligibility for hardship allowance ends on the earlier of the following days.

  1. The later of the following days.

    1. The day the member ceases to be posted or deployed to a qualifying location.

    2. The day the member stops performing short-term duty in a qualifying location.

  2. The day the location is no longer a qualifying location.

  3. Note: Eligibility for the allowance does not cease for a member who performs duty at a new hardship location immediately after the previous hardship location.

16.2.7 Duty in another hardship location

  1. This section applies to a member who receives hardship allowance immediately prior to beginning short-term duty ('the member's previous location') in another hardship location.

  2. If the short-term duty location has a higher hardship location grade than the member's previous hardship location — the hardship allowance is payable at the rate for the grade of the location of the short-term duty.

  3. If the short-term duty location has a lower hardship location grade than the member's previous hardship location — the hardship allowance is payable at the rate for the grade of the member's previous hardship location.

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



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