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Division 1: Travel on marriage or ADF recognition of partnership

9.3.3 Purpose

This Division sets out a member's travel entitlements when they marry or have a partnership recognised under section 1.3.88, while serving on a long-term posting in Australia.

See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2 section 1.3.88, Partner

9.3.4 Overview

  1. A member's marriage or partnership does not create a travel benefit for the member personally.

    Examples:

    1. Remote location leave travel.

    2. A member may travel at their own expense to the place of marriage or establishment of a common household.

    3. The member may also be able to use another form of travel benefit, if the rules allow.

  2. The member may be eligible for assistance for the member's spouse or partner and any other dependants to travel within Australia, subject to these limits.

    1. The benefit arises on marriage or ADF recognition of a partnership.

    2. The travel is for the journey from where they normally lived at the time of the marriage or ADF recognition of a partnership, to the member's posting location.

  3. This table shows the travel benefits. Any allowances described for the spouse or partner's and dependants' travel are paid to the member.

    Travel benefits
    Item If the spouse or partner and any other dependants travel... then the benefit is...
    1. by the normal means a one-way ticket.
    2. by private vehicle vehicle allowance for the trip. This is payable up to the amount of the normal departmental liability. The increased rate for passengers is not payable (see Part 6 Division 5 section 9.6.26).
    See:
    Part 6, Vehicle allowance
    Part 1 section 9.1.7, Normal departmental liability

9.3.5 Basic benefits

  1. Members and their dependants authorised to travel under this Division have the basic benefits set out in Part 1 of this Chapter.

    See: Part 1, Basic travel benefits

  2. A member may choose a means of travel for their dependants that is not the most economical. In this case, the Commonwealth will pay only up to the cost of travel by the most economical means.

  3. The CDF may authorise travel at Commonwealth expense by other than the most economical means. However, the member must pay the difference before the travel.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 9.3.5.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
Commanding Officer for a member in the Navy

9.3.6 When a member travels at their own expense

  1. A member eligible to travel at Commonwealth expense on marriage or on ADF recognition of a partnership may choose to pay for the travel themselves.

  2. The member will be reimbursed in line with the basic benefits in Part 1 of this Chapter if they meet both of the following conditions.

    1. The means of travel under subsection 1 is authorised.

    2. They have no eligibility for vehicle allowance or other forms of reimbursement for the travel.

  3. A member and dependants who are authorised to travel in a private vehicle may be eligible for vehicle allowance up to the cost of travel by the most economical means.

9.3.7 Member's spouse or partner also a member

When a member's spouse or partner is also a member, the family unit has one benefit only.

9.3.8 Marriage planned or common household started before posting

  1. A member is eligible for travel at Commonwealth expense for their spouse or partner if they provide documentation under subsection 2 and either of these circumstances applies to them.

    1. They have planned to be married but are posted before their planned marriage happens.

    2. They have planned to apply for ADF recognition of a partnership but are posted before the application is granted.

  2. To qualify, the member must provide documentary evidence that they had completed arrangements for the marriage or had started maintaining a common household before they received the posting authority.

  3. The travel is for the journey from the place of the marriage or common household to the new posting location.

9.3.9 Travel from other location in Australia

  1. This section applies to a member if all the following apply.

    1. One of the following applies.

      1. They marry in Australia.

      2. They have a partner recognised as a dependant under section 1.3.89.

      3. They have their de facto relationship registered on a State or Territory register.

    2. At the time the event in paragraph a. occurs, one of the following applies.

      1. They are away from their posting location.

      2. They are posted to a seagoing ship or seagoing submarine.

    3. The marriage or the application for recognition of a partner as a dependant, or registration, was not arranged before the start of the member's posting period.

    4. They have at least 12 months left to serve on continuous full-time service when the benefit under this section is approved.

    5. They would have been eligible for travel benefits if they had a spouse or partner before they commenced their posting period.

  2. The member is eligible for their dependants to travel at Commonwealth expense to the member's posting location from one of the following locations.

    1. The town they were married in.

    2. The town the member's partner lived when they were recognised as the member's dependant.

    3. The town the member's partner lived when their relationship was registered.

  3. For the purpose of this section a town includes a city, suburb or other distinct residential area.

9.3.10 Travel from outside Australia

  1. If a member serving in Australia marries or has an ADF recognised partnership in a location outside Australia, section 9.3.9 applies. This includes a member serving in a seagoing ship or seagoing submarine deployed outside Australia.

  2. The point of entry into Australia will be taken as whichever of these places is applicable.

    1. The place of the member's marriage.

    2. The place where the member were recognised by the ADF as having a partner.

9.3.11 Change of family status in special circumstances

A member may change their family status in circumstances other than those in the sections above. In this case, the CDF may approve travel benefits and reimbursements for them or their dependants. The CDF must consider these factors.

  1. Any compassionate grounds.

  2. The nature of the dependant's relationship to the member.

  3. Whether it is practical for the member to make private arrangements for the travel.

Persons who can make the decision under section 9.3.11 on behalf of the CDF:
Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
Commanding Officer for a member in the Navy

9.3.12 Travel for a child

If the member's spouse or partner has a child (or children) at the time of the marriage or ADF recognition of the partnership, the member is eligible for the cost of a fare for them. Both these conditions must be met.

  1. The child is eligible to be included as a dependant for travel purposes.

  2. The child normally lives with the spouse or partner and will live with the member.

9.3.13 Special baggage arrangements for travel

When a spouse or partner (and any of their dependants) travels from where they were married or where their partnership was recognised by the ADF to the member's posting location, baggage limits apply. Any baggage over the transport operator's free limit must be included in personal effects to be removed at Commonwealth expense.

Note: Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 8, When a member becomes a member with dependants, has more information about removal of personal effects. If baggage is included with furniture and effects, the insurance provisions relating to removals will apply.

9.3.14 Travel on next posting

  1. This section applies to a member who becomes a member with dependants before commencing a new posting period.

  2. On their next posting, the member is eligible for their dependants to travel at Commonwealth expense from a location in paragraph a to the location in paragraph b.

    1. A location from which the member is eligible for a removal under section 6.5.71.

    2. The member's new posting location.

  3. If a member is removed from a location under section 6.5.71 table item 1.f or table item 2.b, the benefit is limited to the lesser of the following amounts.

    1. The cost of the travel.

    2. The cost of a travel from the member's posting location or ship's home port at the time the member was recognised as a dependant.

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



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  • AE505, Travel Request Form

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