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Division 5: Reunion travel for school students

9.3.34 Purpose

This Division assists a school student to be reunited with their parents. This is because the child did not accompany the member to the new posting location, and continues their education at another location.

9.3.35 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member who is receiving education assistance for a child. The child must be studying away from the member's posting location.

See: Chapter 8 Part 4 Division 4, School students not at a posting location

9.3.36 Benefit

  1. The member is eligible for one return journey for the child in each calendar year. The journey is provided on a door-to-door basis from where the child lives in the school location to the parent's home in the posting location.

  2. See: Part 1 section 9.1.12, Door-to-door travel

  3. The benefit cannot be carried forward from one calendar year to the next.

  4. The CDF may approve three additional return journeys for the child in that calendar year.

    Example: The child takes up the next year of schooling in the member's location.

  5. For subsection 3, the CDF must consider all these factors.

    1. The age of the child and year of education.

    2. Any relevant school reports on the child's progress.

    3. The availability of board and lodging at the child's school.

    4. The availability and cost of suitable childcare arrangements for the child.

    5. The period of separation between reunion visits.

    6. The period of reunion.

    7. The number of official term breaks operating at the child's school.

    8. Any other relevant factor, including the continued well-being of the child.

  6. If a child's eligibility for education assistance ends, the child's journey home to the parents' location counts as one of three additional journeys.

    Non-example: The child has already had three additional journeys. The journey to the parents' location would be at their own cost.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Defence Community Organisation
Director Community Support & Information Services
Deputy Director Education Support Programs
Manager Education Support Programs

9.3.37 Mode of travel

Travel must be by the most economical means, using student concession fares whenever possible.

See: Part 1 section 9.1.3, Most economical means of travel

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


Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.

  • AE505, Travel Request Form

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