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Division 3: Specialist officers

From DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017

B.3.1 Purpose

This Division sets out the method for placement in the relevant career structure and the rate of salary that apply to specialist officers.

B.3.2 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to the following officers.

  1. Chaplain.

  2. Dental officer.

  3. Legal officer.

  4. Medical officer.

  5. Aviation specialist.

  6. Officer Aviation member.

  7. A member in an approved category.

B.3.3 Approved categories

CDF may approve a category in which members of the Reserves normally perform a large part of their duties within periods of duty less than two hours. The CDF is to have regard to all of the following.

  1. The special skills or qualifications held by the member.

  2. The special positions or offices held by the member in the ADF.

  3. The nature of the duties normally performed.

Note: Approved categories are listed in the definition of approved category under section A.1.12 (Specialist officers).

See: Part A Division 1 section A.1.12, Specialist officers


Persons who can make the decision under section B.3.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Director Officer Career Management – Army
Director General Army People Capability
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force

B.3.4 Rate of salary for a specialist officer

  1. The following table sets out the rate of salary to be paid to a specialist officer covered by this Division

     
  2. Salary payable
    Item If the member is... in the... then the member is to be paid salary...

    1.

    a chaplain

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.5 according to the officer's Force, classification and competency level.

    2.

    a dental officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.6 according to the officer's Force, rank and dental level.

    3.

    a legal officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.7 according to the officer's Force, rank and legal level.

    4.

    a medical officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.8 Part 1 or 3, according to the officer's Force, rank and medical level.

    specialist career structure, and meets all of the following.

    a.    Registered to practice in Australia in an area of medical specialty.

    b.   Approved by the Surgeon General ADF to perform duty in that area of specialty for a period of procedural specialist service.

    c.    Either of the following.

    i.    Deployed overseas for the purpose of practicing in that area.

    ii.   Required to practice in that area on a regular basis for the majority of the period of procedural specialist service.

    under Schedule B.8 Part 2 or 4, according to the officer's Force, rank and increment.

    5.

    a medical officer who was in service at 1 May 2004

    specialist career structure because the member meets all of the following.

    a. The member has not yet gained the required qualifications for a medical level.

    b. The member is in a position no higher than ML4.

    c. The CDF has deemed the member competent for period ending no later than 1 May 2013.

    at the lowest increment level of the deemed level of medical qualification and skill under Schedule B.8 Part 1 or 2, according to the officer's Force and rank.

    6.

    an officer on a fixed tenure or fixed appointment period

    specialist career structure and performing a year of compulsory medical residency

    at the level 'resident' under Schedule B.8 Part 1 or 3, according to the officer's Force.

    7.

    an aviation specialist

    aviation specialist stream

    under Schedule B.14 for the officer's Force, class and experience level.

    8.

    a medical officer who is a senior officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.15, according to the officer's Force, rank and medical level.

    9.

    a dental officer who is a senior officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.16, according to the officer's Force, rank and dental level.

    10.

    a legal officer who is a senior officer

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.17, according to the officer's Force, rank and legal level.

    11.

    a Chaplain in Division 5

    specialist career structure

    under Schedule B.18, according to the officer's Force, classification and competency level.

  3. Officers not described in the table in subsection 1 may be paid under Division 1 or Division 2, according to their rank.

  4. See:
    Division 1, Senior officers
    Division 2, Officers

  5. A senior officer, who meets all the following conditions may be paid a daily rate of salary under this Determination. The daily rate is to be based on the annual rate of salary the member received immediately before transfer to the Reserves.

    1. The member is a dental officer or legal officer.

    2. The member was receiving an annual rate of salary under a separate determination made under Part IIIA Division 2 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time, immediately before their transfer to the Reserves.

    3. The member transfers from the Permanent Forces to the Reserves.

  6. A member in an approved category who attends for duty on Reserve service for at least one hour, but less than two hours, is to be paid one sixth of the daily rate of salary.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection B.3.4.1, table item 5 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Deputy Director Navy People Career Management Agency
For medical officers in the Army at the rank of Colonel or higher:
Director General Career Management Army
For medical officers in the Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or below:
Director Officer Career Management – Army
For medical officers in the Army Reserves:
Director Reserve Officer Career Management – Army

B.3.5 Rate of salary for aviation specialist

  1. On the day that an officer first becomes an aviation specialist, the officer's rate of salary is the relevant of the following.

     
    1. For an officer at the rank of Captain or Major — the rate in Schedule B.14, Part 1 or Part 2, equal to or next above the rate of salary payable to the officer immediately before that day.

    2. For an officer at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or higher — the rate in Schedule B.14, Part 1 or Part 2, that is equal to or next above the relevant of the following amounts.

      1. If the officer is in the Permanent Forces — the rate of salary payable to the officer immediately before they became an aviation specialist, less the annual rate of Service Allowance determined under Division B.2 of DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances, as in force from time to time.

      2. If the officer is in the Reserves — the rate of salary payable to the officer immediately before they became an aviation specialist, less the daily rate of Reserve Allowance determined under Division B.11 of DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances, as in force from time to time.

  2. On the day after the officer completes 12 months of continuous full-time service in an experience level in Schedule B.14, Part 1 or Part 2, the officer is advanced to the next experience level in the relevant Schedule.

See: Schedule B.14, Specialist officer salary rates – aviation

B.3.6 Officer ceases to be an aviation specialist

On the day that an officer ceases to be an aviation specialist, the officer's rate of salary is the relevant of the following.

  1. For an officer who returns to their previous Schedule B.2 legacy employment category, the officer's pay grade and increment that they held immediately before they became an aviation specialist.

  2. For an officer who returns to their previous Schedule B.2 competency-based employment category, the officer's pay grade and increment that they held immediately before they became an aviation specialist.

B.3.7 Rate of salary for Officer Aviation member

  1. An Officer Aviation member is to be paid a rate of salary for their Officer Aviation increment and rank in either of the following Parts of Schedule B.14.

    1. If the member is a member of the Permanent Force — Part 3.

    2. If the member is a member of the Reserves — Part 4.

  2. Despite subsection 1, Division 4A of Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, as in force from time to time, may vary the rate of salary for an Officer Aviation member in any of the following circumstances.

    1. Immediately before becoming an Officer Aviation member the member was an Other Rank member.

    2. Immediately before becoming an Officer Aviation member the member was an Officer in another salary structure.

    3. The member is in the Navy and immediately before becoming an Officer Aviation member was an aviation specialist.

    4. The member is in the Air Force and has been reduced in rank.

B.3.8 Officer Aviation Pay Structure pathways and competency streams

  1. The range of Officer Aviation increments available for each rank, pathway, and competency stream are set out in the following annexes.

    1. The Command pathway – Annex B.3.A.

    2. The Specialist pathway – Annex B.3.B.

    3. The Staff pathway – Annex B.3.C.

    4. The Generalist pathway – Annex B.3.D.

  2. An Officer Aviation member in the Specialist pathway may advance through their competency stream by a single increment within the increment range provided in Annex B.3.B for the member’s Service, competency stream and rank.

  3. An Officer Aviation member in either of the following pathways may advance through their competency stream for each year in rank within the increment range provided in the specified annex for the member’s Service, competency stream and rank.

    1. The Command pathway – Annex B.3.A.

    2. The Generalist pathway – Annex B.3.D.

  4. An Officer Aviation member in the Staff pathway who is promoted may advance to the lowest increment provided under Annex B.3.C for the rank to which they are promoted in their competency stream on promotion.

  5. Despite paragraph 3.a, for a Navy Aviation Officer in the Command Pathway a member holding the rank of Commander has a maximum Officer Aviation increment of OA28 unless the member has an aviation command appointment.

  6. Despite paragraph 3.b, for an Army Aviation Officer in the Generalist Pathway the following apply.

    1. A member holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel has a maximum Officer Aviation increment of OA28 unless the member has been appointed to Unit Command.

    2. A member holding the rank of Major has a maximum Officer Aviation increment of OA23 unless the member has been appointed to Sub-Unit Command.

    3. A member holding the rank of Captain has a maximum Officer Aviation increment of OA17 unless the member has been appointed to Troop Command.

B.3.9 Officer in the Air Force ceases to be an Officer Aviation member

  1. On the day that an officer of the Permanent Forces has been in the Command pathway at the same rank for 12 years cumulative effective service (as prescribed under Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 4A of the Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, as in force from time to time), they will cease to be an Air Force Officer Aviation member. The following will occur on that day.

    1. The officer is transferred into the Graded Officer Pay Structure, Air Force operations officer employment category.

    2. The CDF will determine the rate of salary for the officer that corresponds to their rank, pay grade and increment after considering any experience and qualifications that are relevant to the operations officer employment category.

  2. On the day that an officer of the Permanent Forces has been in the Staff pathway at the same rank for 12 years cumulative effective service, they will cease to be an Air Force Officer Aviation member. The following will occur on that day.

    1. The officer is transferred into the Graded Officer Pay Structure, Air Force Operations Officer employment category.

    2. The CDF will determine the rate of salary for the officer that corresponds to their rank, pay grade and increment after considering any experience and qualifications that are relevant to the operations officer employment category.

Persons who can make the decisions under paragraph B.3.9.1.b and paragraph B.3.9.2.b on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Director Administrative Sanctions and Medical Review (Air Force)
Deputy Director Selection, Enlistment, Appointment and Transition (Air Force)
Executive Officer Director Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

B.3.10 Officer ceases to be an Officer Aviation Member

  1. Subject to the following, a member who ceases to be an Officer Aviation member will be remunerated under Division 2 or Division 3.

    1. Section B.3.9.

    2. Subsection 2 and 3.

  2. If the member was previously an aviation specialist, sections B.3.5 to B.3.8 do not apply.

  3. If the member is a member of the Navy or Army, the member may not be paid under Division 2 for the following employment categories.

    1. Any of the following Navy employment categories.

      1. Pilot Competency Progression.

      2. Pilot Competency Progression ADQUAL.

      3. Pilot Time Progression.

      4. Pilot Time Progression ADQUAL.

      5. Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Competency Progression.

      6. Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Competency Progression ADQUAL.

      7. Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Time Progression.

      8. Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Time Progression ADQUAL.

    2. Either of the following Army employment categories.

      1. Pilot — Competency Progression.

      2. Pilot — Time Based Progression.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances approved by the Tribunal.



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