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Part 11: Evacuation assistance

7.11.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is to provide members and their dependants who occupy service accommodation on a Defence establishment with accommodation and other benefits if the establishment is evacuated due to an actual or imminent emergency.

Note: Definitions of 'emergency' and 'evacuation order' can be found in Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.21A and section 1.3.24AA.

7.11.2 Members this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member who occupies either of the following on a Defence establishment immediately before an evacuation order is issued.

  1. A Service residence.

  2. Living-in accommodation.

7.11.3 Period of evacuation assistance

  1. A member is eligible for evacuation assistance from one of the following times.

    1. If the evacuation order included a start time, that time.

    2. If no start time was included in the evacuation order, the time the evacuation order was issued.

  2. A member ceases to be eligible for evacuation assistance at one of the following times.

    1. If the evacuation order included an end time, that time.

    2. If no end time was included in the evacuation order, the time the establishment returns to a business as usual state.

7.11.4 Accommodation assistance

  1. A member who was occupying a Service residence immediately before the evacuation order was issued is eligible for the reasonable costs of accommodation for the following persons.

    1. The member.

    2. Each dependant of the member occupying the Service residence with the member immediately before the evacuation order was issued.

  2. Subject to subsection 3, a member who was occupying living-in accommodation is eligible to occupy living-in accommodation at another Defence establishment within 50 kms.

  3. Note: The Acts Interpretation Act 1901 applies to the measurement of distance in this section.

  4. A member who is unable to occupying living-in accommodation under subsection 2 is eligible for the reasonable costs of accommodation.

7.11.5 Meals assistance

  1. Subsection 2 applies to a member eligible to receive the reasonable costs of accommodation under section 7.11.4.

  2. For each occurrence of a meal in an item in column A of the table in section 7.5.24 during the evacuation period, the member is eligible for the costs of meals up to the following amount.

    1. If the member is in a Capital city or high-cost country centre, the sum of the following.

      1. For the member and each dependant of the member who is 10 years old or older occupying the accommodation with the member — the amount specified in column B of the same item for each person.

      2. For each dependant of the member who is less than 10 years old occupying the accommodation with the member — 50% of the amount specified in column B of the same item.

    2. If the member is in another location, the sum of the following.

      1. For the member and each dependant of the member who is 10 years old or older occupying the accommodation with the member — the amount specified in column C of the same item for each person.

      2. For each dependant of the member who is less than 10 years old occupying the accommodation with the member — 50% of the amount specified in column C of the same item.

7.11.6 Transport assistance

A member who is required to drive more than 50 km to occupy accommodation under section 7.11.4 is eligible for vehicle allowance at the rate provided in section 9.6.25.

Note: The Acts Interpretation Act 1901 applies to the measurement of distance in this section.

7.11.7 Additional funds

  1. Subject to subsection 2, a member is eligible for a reimbursement of up to $500.00 for additional costs if the Senior ADF Officer is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances for making the payment that arose in connection with the evacuation.

  2. A reimbursement cannot be made under this section for costs relating to accommodation, meals or vehicle allowance.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.



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