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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.4 Payment of location allowance

  1. This section applies to a member who has performed duty in a hardship location or a provisional hardship location for 28 or more continuous days.

  2. Exception: The CDF may reduce this period to less than 28 days.

    Note: When making a decision under the exception in subsection 1, the criteria set out in section 16.1.9 apply.

    See: Section 16.1.9, Criteria for decisions

  3. Subsection 1 applies to each long-term posting overseas or period of short-term duty overseas.

  4. Exception: The member meets both of the following.

    1. The member has satisfied the 28 days period in subsection 1.

    2. The member's long-term posting overseas or short-term duty overseas to a hardship location begins immediately after the period of duty under paragraph a. is satisfied.

  5. The member is paid location allowance from the day they commenced duty in a hardship location or a provisional hardship location.

  6. Subject to subsection 16.2A.6, payment of the allowance ceases on one of the following dates.

    1. For a member on a long-term posting overseas — the date the member's posting period overseas ends.

    2. For a member on a short-term duty overseas — the day the member leaves the location.

    3. For a member performing duty at a provisional hardship location – the earlier of the following dates.

      1. The day the member leaves the location.

      2. The location ceases to be a provisional hardship location.

    See: Subsection 16.2A.6, Absence from location

  7. The dual Commonwealth benefit rule applies to this allowance.

  8. See: Division 1 section 16.1.4, The dual Commonwealth benefit rule

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
    Nil
    Nil
    2.
    B
    Nil
    Nil
    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 Absence from location

This table shows the affect on location allowance for periods when the member is temporarily absent from a hardship location or a provisional hardship location for leave or short-term duty overseas.

Allowance payable
Item If a member is... then the allowance... and the allowance recommences...
1. an unaccompanied member remains payable for the first 28 days after the member leaves a hardship location or a provisional hardship location on the first day the member returns to a hardship location.
2. an accompanied member and the member and dependants leave a hardship location or a provisional hardship location remains payable for the first 28 days from the later of the following dates.
  1. The date the member leaves a hardship location or provisional hardship location.

  2. The date the dependants leave a hardship location or provisional hardship location.

on the first day the member or dependants return to a hardship location or provisional hardship location.
3. an accompanied member and the dependants remain in a hardship location or a provisional hardship location remains payable for the period of the member's temporary absence from a hardship location or a provisional 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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