For operations declared warlike or non-warlike, an employee may be expected to perform duty in the operational area in support of the operation for six months or longer. In these cases, the employee may be eligible for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance.
The purpose of relief travel is to help the employee have time away from the difficulties of the operational area.
Relief out-of-country travel fare assistance provides the employee with return travel to an approved destination. The number of times an employee may be granted relief out-of-country travel fare assistance depends on the period that they perform duty in support of the deployment for, as described in the table.
|Item||If it is intended that the employee be on duty in support of the deployment for this period...||they may be granted up to this many trips for that period...|
|1.||less than six months||
|2.||six months but less than nine months||
|3.||nine months but less than 12 months||
|4.||12 months but less than 15 months||
|5.||15 months but less than 18 months||
|6.||18 months or more||
The Secretary may approve the destination for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance that meets both these requirements.
A safe environment for rest and recreation.
Adequate rest and recreation facilities.
Persons who can make the decision under subsection 126.96.36.199 on behalf of the Secretary:
Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy
Relief travel is subject to operational constraints. The conditions for relief out-of-country travel fare assistance are as follows.
The travel must be planned to occur at regular intervals during the duty in support of the deployment, if practicable.
Note: Employees must plan the travel to obtain value for money, consistent with the obligations imposed on them by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The employee must be outside the operational area for seven consecutive days or longer.
Example: An employee leaves the operational area during four days of recreation leave, two stand-down days and a public holiday.
The return travel to the approved destination is taken under these conditions.
It is economy class.
It is on the cheapest available airline that offers a reasonable standard of safety and security.
It does not include any avoidable stopovers.
The employee is not eligible for travel costs while on relief out-of-country travel fare assistance.
If the Secretary is satisfied that travel to another country meets the purpose of relief out-of-country travel fare assistance, the employee may travel to a destination in another country that meets the purpose of assistance with relief travel.
The Secretary must consider both these criteria.
The purpose of the relief travel.
The facilities and environment at the destination.
The Commonwealth will provide relief out-of-country travel fare assistance up to the travel cost that the employee would otherwise be eligible for under this Division. This is to help the employee buy fares from any source.
Allowable offset arrangements are advised at the start of each deployment.
If it is intended that a employee stay on deployment for 12 months or more, they may apply to combine two trips to Australia that they are eligible for under the table in section 17.8.11, for one of these purposes.
To assist the employee and their dependants to use relief out-of-country travel fare assistance to reunite, in Australia or in an approved destination.
If the employee has no dependants (or does not wish to reunite with them), to travel on relief out-of-country travel fare assistance to Australia or another country that is more expensive to travel to than the standard approved destination.
Note: The offset can only be used to purchase fares. The alternative location must still be approved under subsection 188.8.131.52.
Proof of travel requirements under section 16.4.12 apply under these provisions, as if the relief travel were assisted leave travel under Chapter 16 Part 4.
Persons who can make the decision under subsection 184.108.40.206 on behalf of the Secretary:
Director/Commanding Officer, not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the employee's direct chain of supervision.
Application to Reservists: No.