Your non-Service spouse or partner may get a removal and storage for their furniture and effects when your marriage or partnership breaks down. They can only get a removal in Australia.
Your non-Service spouse or partner may get assistance on the breakdown of your marriage or relationship if you are a member of the:
The breakdown of your marriage means there is no hope of reconciliation. Either party may have:
You may have been re-categorised as a member without dependants.
The breakdown of your relationship means there is no hope of reconciliation. Either party may have:
You no longer maintain a common household. You may have been re-categorised as a member without dependants.
Your non-Service spouse or partner may get the costs of:
Your non-Service spouse or partner may choose to have their and their dependants’ furniture and effects removed. They must request it in writing.
If you are a member of the Permanent Forces, their removal may be to a residence:
Your non-Service spouse may only get a removal to their point of entry into Australia if:
If you are a member of the Reserve Service on continuous full-time service, your non-Service spouse or partner may get a removal at Defence expense to:
Your non-Service spouse or partner can only get a removal at Defence expense up to the amount it would cost for a removal from where they lived with you immediately before you started continuous full-time service (if you were appointed or enlisted in Australia).
Your non-Service spouse or partner may get a removal at Defence expense for:
The recreation or hobby vehicle may only be removed if it:
If it is practical, your non-Service spouse or partner’s vehicle delivery will be door-to-door.
If access to their private vehicle is restricted, they must arrange to deliver or pick up their vehicle from the agency's depot.
They may get a refund for delivery or collection of the vehicle. This may include costs for:
Your non-Service spouse or partner may get items removed if:
Defence will cover the cost of storage only during the removal from the old location to the new location.
Your non-Service spouse or partner may only get one removal when your relationship breaks down. If you reunite and separate again, they can’t get another removal.
Your non-Service spouse or partner must complete their removal at Defence expense within 12 months of the marriage or relationship breakdown.
Your non-Service spouse or partner may get reimbursed for a private removal:
This includes the hire and fuel costs for a removal vehicle or vehicle allowance for a private vehicle.
Your non-Service spouse or partner may get storage at Defence expense if their items:
If they have to make urgent private arrangement, they may get a reimbursement for reasonable costs.
An item may be lost or damaged beyond repair during a removal at Defence expense. Your non-Service spouse or partner may have to hire a replacement until their claim is processed. They may be reimbursed the hire of the replacement item if the original was:
Your non-Service spouse or partner won't get reimbursed for any hire after they:
Your decision-maker should consider:
More information about assistance for non-service person on breakdown of marriage can be found in Chapter 6 Part 5 Division 10.
As the name suggests, this Member's Guide is designed as a guide to help you understand how your pay and conditions work. It is not a legal document. Therefore, if there is any conflict between the Member's Guide and Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of Service (and the Determinations made by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal), as compiled in PACMAN, PACMAN is the authority.
This Member's Guide does not incorporate or make provision for members on a flexible service determination.
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