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Division 2: Assistance on death of a dependant in Australia

11.4.13 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to provide financial assistance to a member when a dependant dies.

11.4.14 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member if all of the following conditions apply.

  1. The member has a dependant who is a recognised dependant for Defence benefit purposes.

  2. See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2
    Section 1.3.83, Dependants
    Section 1.3.85, Dependants recognised by CDF

  3. The member's dependant dies in Australia.

  4. See also: Chapter 15 Part 9 section 15.9.3A if the member’s dependant dies overseas.

  5. The dependant is not in the location where the funeral is to take place.

See also: Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 8, Compassionate travel

11.4.15 Assistance provided when a dependant dies

  1. The Director General Defence Community Organisation may approve assistance with the following costs.

    1. The reasonable cost of the preparation of the dependant's remains.

    2. Reasonable transport costs for the deceased dependant to either of the following locations.

      1. To the location in Australia where the funeral will be held.

      2. To the nearest Australian departure point when the funeral will be held outside of Australia.

      3. Note: An Australian departure point is the Australian location with air or sea travel to the overseas location.

        Exception: No transport costs are paid if the deceased dependant is at the Australian departure point.

  2. The member may elect that the assistance under this section be paid to any of the following people.

    1. The deceased dependant's legal personal representative.

    2. The service provider.

    3. Examples: Funeral director, minister.

    4. The person who paid for the preparation or transportation of the deceased dependant.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.

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