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Division 2: Withdrawal from posting

14.6.17 Losses if Commonwealth withdraws from posting

  1. The CDF may direct members and dependants to permanently leave a posting location suddenly and unexpectedly, and return to Australia. In this situation, members may be paid an amount for any financial losses.

  2. This section does not apply in these situations.

    1. Evacuations.

      See: Division 1, Evacuations

    2. Management-initiated early withdrawal of a member from a long-term posting. In this situation, it is normal practice to allow enough time for personal arrangements to be completed before departure.

  3. The CDF may authorise the member to be paid an amount for the losses resulting from the withdrawal. In assessing the amount, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. The circumstances in which the member leaves the long-term posting.

    2. The length of time given to the member to leave the posting location.

    3. The expected duration of the posting and the posting period left to serve at the time of leaving.

    4. The extent to which the member entered into unavoidable financial commitments in the reasonable expectation that the posting would run its full term.

    5. Any costs reasonably incurred by the member, that would have reduced if the posting had run its full term.

      Example: The member has a pantry full of groceries worth AUD 1,000. If the posting had run its course, the member would have allowed the pantry contents to run down from six months before departure, to about AUD 400. Consideration could be given to reimbursing AUD 600 to the member.

    6. Any other factor relevant to the posting.

  4. Other provisions of Chapters 14, 15 and 16 also apply in this situation.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
Senior ADF Representative at the overseas post
A person working in the Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria who is authorised to manage Defence pay and administration at overseas posts and is not below WO2(E)/APS 5.
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management

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

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