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Division 1: ADF district allowance – general and rates

4.4.3 Purpose

District allowance compensates for service in a location in Australia that involves hardship. The hardship must be caused by remoteness, harsh climate and cost of living.

4.4.4 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition in this Division
Continuous period A continuous period means the period that the member stays in the remote location. A continuous period is not broken if any of the following apply.
a. The member is not required for duty.
b. The member is on a nonworking period.
c. The member leaves the remote location during the periods in a. or b.
Grade For a remote location, the grade specified for it in Annex 4.4.A.
Harbour craft A vessel that is not liable, in the ordinary course of duty with the ADF, to be ordered to sea.
Remote location A location mentioned in Annex 4.4.A.

4.4.5 Members who are eligible

  1. A member is eligible for ADF district allowance if they meet any of these conditions.

    1. They are posted to, and live at, a remote location.

    2. They serve on temporary duty at a remote location for a continuous period of more than 21 days.

    3. They are posted for service in a seagoing ship based at a remote location.

    4. The CDF recognises the member meets all of the following conditions.

      1. They are performing duty at a location that is not listed in Annex 4.4.A.

      2. They serve at an isolated location.

      3. Their duty is for a continuous period of more than 21 days.

  2. A member on Reserve service is eligible for ADF district allowance if they meet both these conditions.

    1. They serve on temporary duty at a remote location.

    2. Their temporary duty is for a continuous period of more than 21 days.

    Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves on Reserve service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5. A member on Service option C is not a member of the Reserves on Reserve service.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 4.4.5.1.d on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director General Army People Capability
Director General Personnel – Air Force

4.4.6 Members who are not eligible

A member is not eligible for ADF district allowance for any period when they are eligible for Antarctic allowance.

See: Division 6, Allowances for service in the Antarctic – Antarctic allowance

4.4.7 Period of benefit

  1. Subject to subsection 2, this table sets out the period for which a member may be paid ADF district allowance.

  2. Period of benefit
    Item If the member is... then themember may be paid the allowance for the period...
    from to
    1. posted for duty at a remote location and they live there the later of these two days:
    1. the effective date of the members posting to the location
    2. the day the member arrives at the location.
    the day immediately before they leave the location.
    2. posted for service in a seagoing ship or submarine based at a remote location
    3. serving on temporary duty at a remote location for a continuous period of more than 21 days the day the member begins the period of temporary duty the day immediately before they leave the location.
  3. A member on a flexible service determination is not eligible for the allowance for any continuous nonworking period of more than 28 days.

  4. Note: The period for which a member who is away from the remote location on temporary duty or is posted for service in a seagoing ship or submarine that is away from its remote location may be paid the allowance is set out in section 4.4.11.

    See: Division 2 section 4.4.11, Absence for temporary duty

4.4.8 Grading of locations

  1. Remote locations are graded A, B, C, D and E according to how difficult they are. Annex 4.4.A contains a list of currently approved locations and grades.

    See: Annex 4.4.A, Remote locations for ADF district allowance

  2. Members who are eligible under paragraph 4.4.5.1.d are paid at the grade of the remote location in Annex 4.4.A that the CDF decides is in the general area of the isolated location of duty. The CDF must have regard to the conditions expressed in section 4.4.3.

    Example: The member is performing duty at Numbulwar, an isolated location in the Northern Territory. Nearby locations from Annex 4.4.A in the general area include Tindal and Jabiru. Tindal is a grade D remote location. Jabiru is a grade E remote location. The CDF considers the conditions of living in Numbulwar and decides that members performing duty there should receive the same allowance rate as Tindal.

    See:
    Section 4.4.3, Purpose
    Paragraph 4.4.5.1.d, Members who are eligible

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 4.4.8.2 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director General Army People Capability
Director General Personnel – Air Force

4.4.9 Rate of allowance

  1. The rate of allowance for a member who meets the condition in column A and is living at a location with a grade in column B is the rate in column C.

    District allowance
    Item

    Column A

    Condition

    Column B

    Location grade

    Column C

    Rate ($)

    1. A member who lives in.
    A
    970
    B
    2,775
    C
    3,470
    D
    4,855
    E
    5,550
    2. A member with dependants who lives out, and item 3.a does not apply.
    A
    2,775
    B
    7,925
    C
    9,910
    D
    13,875
    E
    15,860
    3.
    1. A member with dependants who lives out and one or more of those dependants meets all of these conditions.
      1. The dependant is an ADF member or an APS employee in Defence.
      2. The dependant is paid ADF district allowance or district allowance under the Defence Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 as in force on 16 August 2017.
    2. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) who lives out.
    3. A member without dependants who lives out.

    A
    1,390
    B
    3,965
    C
    4,955
    D
    6,940
    E
    7,930
  2. A member who lives out and must live in for Service reasons is taken to be living out for the following periods.

    1. The period they live in, up to 30 days.

    2. Any further part of the period they live in while any dependants remain at the remote location.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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