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Part 2A: Location allowance – member posted on or after 1 July 2017

16.2A.1 Purpose

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

16.2A.2 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member who meets one of the following conditions.

  1. They are posted on or after 1 July 2017 to a hardship location.

  2. See: Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.9B for the definition of Member posted on or after 1 July 2017

  3. They are performing a period of short-term duty at a hardship location.

  4. The member is performing duty at a provisional hardship location.

  5. See: Part 1 section 16.1.8, Provisional hardship location

16.2A.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 16.2A.6.

16.2A.3A Definitions

In this Part the following definitions apply.

  1. Hardship location includes a provisional hardship location.

  2. Qualifying location is any of the following.

    1. A hardship location.

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

  3. Qualifying period is 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.

16.2A.3B Eligibility for location allowance

  1. A member is eligible for location 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.

16.2A.4 Payment of location allowance

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

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

16.2A.5 Rate of allowance

  1. Subject to section 16.2A.7, the rate of location allowance is either of the following.

    1. For a member who is unaccompanied — the rate specified in column B that corresponds with the hardship location grade specified in column A of the location in which the member is performing duty.

    2. For a member who is accompanied — the rate specified in column C that corresponds with the hardship location grade specified in column A of the location in which the member is performing duty.

    Hardship allowance
    Item Hardship location grade

    Rate (AUD per year)

    Unaccompanied member Accompanied member
    1.
    A
    0
    0
    2.
    B
    0
    0
    3.
    C
    14,755
    22,132
    4.
    D
    19,673
    29,509
    5.
    E
    24,591
    36,886
    6.
    F
    29,509
    44,264
  2. Location allowance is this paid fortnightly on a pro rata basis using the calculation provided under section 3.2.7.
  3. See: Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 1 section 3.2.7, Administration of salary and allowances

16.2A.6 Location allowance eligibility ends

Eligibility for location 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.

    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.

16.2A.7 Duty in another hardship location

  1. This section applies to a member who receives location 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 location 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 location 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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