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Part 6: Education costs for children

15.6.1 Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Part is to assist with the additional costs for a dependant child attending school overseas, or staying behind in Australia if the member is posted overseas. This benefit is provided in one of the following forms.

    1. The reimbursement of additional costs to the member.

      See: Division 1 section 15.6.5, Reimbursement

    2. An up-front payment of compulsory tuition fees to the child's school at the overseas posting.

    3. An up-front payment of compulsory tuition fees and accommodation costs to the child's school in Australia.

      See: Division 1 section 15.6.6, Up-front payment

  2. A period may arise where members are eligible for education assistance both under this Part and under Chapter 8 Part 4 for performing duty within Australia, for the same child. For that period, the member only receives the benefits under Chapter 8 Part 4.

    See: Chapter 8 Part 4, Education assistance

15.6.2 Member this Part applies to

A member is eligible for education assistance under this Part if the member meets all of the following conditions.

  1. They are on a long-term overseas posting.

  2. They have a child who is a dependant.

  3. The child meets one of the following conditions.

    1. The child is enrolled in pre-school and is at least 3 years of age.

    2. The child is enrolled in full-time primary school.

    3. The child is enrolled in full-time secondary school.

    4. The child is enrolled in full-time tertiary education.

  4. The member is accompanied.

    Exception: The CDF may approve education assistance for unaccompanied members who have primary parental responsibility or care of a dependant.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 15.6.2.d, exception, on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person not below WO2/APS 5 who is authorised to manage Defence personnel administration at the overseas post.
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is:

  • Overseas Administration Team Leader
  • Pay and Administration Manager Specialist
  • Civilian and Overseas Pay and Administration Centre Manager
  • Director Pay and Administration Centre
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

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

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