Temporary accommodation allowance assists a member or a person in their household who must live in temporary accommodation. It assists with accommodation and certain other costs. In most situations the member must contribute towards the costs.
A member and any dependants may be eligible for temporary accommodation allowance if they meet any of these conditions.
They are eligible for a removal at Commonwealth expense.
They are eligible for housing assistance under this Chapter. They are temporarily unable to live in suitable accommodation.
They notify the Defence Housing Australia Regional Director that they intend to buy a suitable own home at their posting location.
See: Part 2 for 'suitable own home'.
Their furniture and effects are in transit to their posting location.
A deceased member's dependants may be eligible for the allowance if they are granted a removal.
See: Section 7.5.10, Eligibility of dependants on death of member
Note: Section 1.6.1 deals with situations where a member's adult dependant is also a member, and they would both be eligible for temporary accommodation allowance. Only one of the members is eligible.
See: Chapter 1 Part 6 section 1.6.1, Dual entitlement – member's adult dependant is also a member
Any of the following persons may be granted emergency assistance under this Part under the SAFE scheme.
A person in the member's household.
A dependant of the member.
The CDF may approve emergency assistance for a person who meets both of the following conditions.
Related Information: Emergency assistance is set out in Division 4 section 7.5.22, Amount of assistance – the SAFE scheme.
Persons who can make the decision under section 7.5.7 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Defence Community Organisation
Director National Operations
Defence Community Organisation Area Managers
The CDF may decide that a member is not eligible for temporary accommodation allowance. The CDF must first be satisfied that the member or their dependant caused one of these events to happen.
The furniture and effects do not arrive at the location until one or more days after the member and any dependants got there.
Example: The member asks the removalist for a later delivery date. The goods arrive several days after the member.
The member and dependants have no suitable accommodation.
Example 1: The member or their dependants are given notice to leave their rented home. They do not use the notice period to seek new accommodation.
Example 2: The member or their dependants are told to leave a Service residence or rented home because they have damaged it.
Example 3: The member rejects a reasonable offer of a Service residence. The Defence Housing Australia cannot offer the Service residence to another member as a suitable home within one month of the offer to the member. Temporary accommodation allowance will stop from the day that the CDF decides that they could have completed their removal to the residence, if they had accepted the offer. (See Part 6 Division 3 section 7.6.12, Acceptance or rejection of reasonable offer).
Persons who can make the decision under section 7.5.8 on behalf of the CDF:
An employee of Toll Transitions who performs the duties of:
This section applies to a member or former member who is granted a removal within Australia when they cease continuous full-time service.
Note: In the total workforce model, continuous full-time service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.
The member and any dependants may need to move into temporary accommodation for the period of the removal. They are eligible for temporary accommodation allowance for the period. The amount of allowance is worked out under Division 4 section 7.5.21 or 7.5.25.
This table shows the limits to the period of eligibility.
|Item||The period of benefit at the...||must be no more than...|
|1.||losing location||three nights.|
|2.||gaining location||the period it takes to deliver the member's furniture and effects to a dwelling or storage at the location.|
Example: The examples at section 7.5.17 also apply to this subsection, except that the location the member or former member is removed to will not be a posting location.
This section applies to a member's dependants who are granted a removal within Australia after the member's death.
If the dependants must move into temporary accommodation because of the removal, they are eligible for temporary accommodation allowance. These conditions apply.
The amount of allowance is worked out under Division 4 section 7.5.21 or 7.5.25.
The contribution the dependants must pay is what would have applied to the member immediately before their death.
See: Division 5 section 7.5.29 for the amount of contribution to be paid.
The periods of eligibility are limited to the periods set out in this table.
|Item||The period of eligibility at the location||must be no more than...|
|1.||from which the dependants are being removed||three nights.|
|2.||to which the dependants are being removed||two weeks.|
Examples: The examples at section 7.5.17 also apply to this subsection, except that the location the dependants are removed to will not be a posting location.
A member eligible for temporary accommodation allowance must pay a contribution for the accommodation to the Commonwealth.
Exception: A person granted accommodation under subsection 7.5.7 (the SAFE scheme) is not required to contribute.
See: Division 5 section 7.5.29 for the amount of contribution to be paid
A member must notify the Defence Housing Australia Regional Director of any change in the number of dependants living in the temporary accommodation. A change may mean that their eligibility for the allowance is reassessed.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.