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Part 6: Additional benefits for star rank officers

4.6.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is threefold.

  1. To recognise and reward the professional contribution of star rank officers in meeting the greater internal and external demands involved in giving effect to the Government's Defence policy.

  2. To provide employment conditions that reflect contemporary management practices.

  3. To retain highly skilled star rank officers.

4.6.2 Member this Part applies to

  1. This Part applies to a member who holds a star rank.

  2. In addition to subsection 1, the following apply.

    1. Sections 4.6.4 to 4.6.6 inclusive apply to a member of the Reserves who holds a star rank.

    2. Section 4.6.6 applies to a member who does not hold a star rank and is directed to perform the duties of a star rank.

  3. Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves may be described as a member in Service category 2, 3, 4 or 5.

4.6.3 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Part.

Definitions
Term Definition
Star rank A rank listed in table items 1 to 5 in section 1 of Schedule 1 to the Act.

4.6.4 Membership of airline club

A member is eligible to the basic membership of an airline club of a Government-contracted carrier at Commonwealth expense.

4.6.5 Mobile telephones and hand held devices

  1. The member is eligible for a mobile telephone or other handheld device.

    Example: A BlackBerry.

  2. The Department of Defence will meet the cost of providing and operating the telephone or device, including limited personal use.

  3. A member of the Reserves is only eligible under this section when both the following apply.

    1. The member has 100 days of expected liability to serve in the financial year.

    2. The member's commanding officer or manager approves that the benefit be made available, having regard to the duties that the member is required to perform.

Note: Defence Instruction (General) Communications and Information Systems, Mobile telephones and related services, contains rules about how to use Departmental mobile information and communications technology.

4.6.6 Executive vehicle allowance

  1. This section does not apply to a member holding the rank of Lieutenant General or higher.

  2. The member is eligible for executive vehicle allowance if any of the following apply.

    1. They hold a star rank, other than under paragraph 13(1)(b) of the Defence Regulation.

    2. They have been directed to act at a star rank under paragraph 13(1)(b) of the Regulation for a continuous period of four weeks or more.

    3. They have been directed to perform higher duties of a star rank for a continuous period of three months or more.

  3. Subject to subsection 4, the rate of executive vehicle allowance for a member who performs the type of service in column A and holds the rank in column B is the rate in column C of the following table.

    Note: A member who is directed to act at a higher rank (including a star rank) under paragraph 13(1)(b) of the Defence Regulation is considered to be holding the higher rank.

    Rate of allowance
    Item

    Column A

    Service type

    Column B

    Rank

    Column C

    Rate

    1. The member is performing continuous full-time service. Brigadier $25,208 a year.
    Major General $26,928 a year.
    2. The member is performing Reserve service. Brigadier $69.06 a day.
    Major General $73.78 a day.

    Note 1: The method used to calculate the amount of allowance is provided under:

    1. Subsection 3.2.7, for members on continuous full-time service.

    2. Subsection 3.2.7A, for members on a flexible service determination.

    Note 2: The allowance is paid fortnightly in addition to salary.

    Note 3: Calculation of the payment is based on a 14 day fortnight.

    Note 4: The allowance does not count as salary for superannuation purposes.

  4. For the purpose of column B in subsection 3, a member holding the rank in column A who is directed to perform the duties of the rank in column B is taken to hold the rank in column C of the following table.

    Rate when performing temporary or acting star rank
    Item Column A Column B Column C
    1. Colonel or lower Brigadier Brigadier
    2. Brigadier or Major General

    Major General or higher

    Major General

4.6.7 Parking space or permit

  1. A member is eligible for either of the following.

    1. A parking space at or near their posting location.

    2. A parking permit.

  2. The member may be required to make a contribution towards the parking space or permit.

    See: Part 11, Parking

Application to Reservists: Yes.



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Further info

  • Defence Instruction (General) Communications and Information Systems, Mobile telephones and related services
    (This document is available on the Defence intranet or through the Defence Service Centre.)
  • Tax alerts, items 38 to 41

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