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Part 1: Overview

15.1.1 Purpose

This Chapter sets out conditions of service for members living and working on a long-term posting overseas. It covers the period from when a member has settled in and is living in permanent accommodation at the posting, until the end of the posting period.

15.1.2 Definitions

In this Chapter the following applies.

Required to isolate themself — A person is required to isolate themself if they are in a class of persons required by the law or direction of the health authorities that applies in the person’s location or the posting location.

15.1.3 Member this Chapter does not apply to

This Chapter does not apply to a member if any of the following conditions apply.

  1. They are not entitled to salary.

  2. They are on a scholarship, bursary or endowment for studying overseas from an organisation other than the Commonwealth.

    Example: Rhodes Scholarship.

  3. They are on short-term duty overseas.

15.1.4 Public holidays overseas

  1. A maximum of 13 public holidays can be observed in any calendar year at any posting location.

  2. The Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy may direct which days members are to observe as part of the 13 days. The Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy must consider both these criteria.

    1. The public holidays generally observed at the posting location.

    2. The efficient operation of the ADF at the posting location.

    Exception: If a posting location has no listing of holidays directed to be observed by the Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy, then the Canberra public holiday schedule applies.

  3. Unless otherwise required for duty, a member is granted short absence from duty for a public holiday in the location where the member would, but for the short absence, be performing duty.

  4. A member may apply to the Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy to substitute a different day for a public holiday they would otherwise observe. The Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy must consider both these criteria.

    1. Any Service requirement that the member remain on duty that day.

    2. If the substitute day is of cultural or religious significance to the member.

  5. See: Annex 15.1.A, Overseas public holidays

15.1.5 Christmas stand-down

  1. Members are not required to attend for duty on the following days.

    Christmas stand-down
    Item For the Christmas stand-down of... the stand-down dates are...
    1. 2018-2019 24 December 2018.
    27 December 2018.
    28 December 2018.
    31 December 2018.
    2. 2019-2020 24 December 2019.
    27 December 2019.
    30 December 2019.
    31 December 2019.
  2. A Commanding Officer may determine that the member must perform duty on a day listed in subsection 1. The Commanding Officer should consider if there are pressing operational, preparatory or safety needs that prevent the member from being absent.

  3. Absences are treated as short absence when not required for duty.

  4. See: Chapter 5 Part 11 Division 3, Short absence when not required for duty

15.1.6 Member living on Manhattan Island, USA

  1. This section applies to a member who is on long-term posting to a position on Manhattan Island, USA.

  2. For the purposes of applying a post index and benchmark school, the member's posting location is as follows.

  3. Posting location
    Item If the CDF... then the member's posting location is...
    1. directs the member to live on Manhattan Island Manhattan.
    2. does not direct the member to live on Manhattan Island New York State, excluding Manhattan.

    Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.14A, Post index
    Part 6 Annex 15.6.A, Benchmark schools

Persons who can make the decision under section 15.1.6 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person not below MAJGEN(E)/SES Band 2 who is a Group Head.

Note: Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy & Intelligence Group has provided enduring direction for the Defence Attaché and the Assistant Defence Attaché to the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations New York to reside on Manhattan Island, USA. Future incumbents of these positions should seek advice from the Directorate of Attaché and Overseas Management to discuss the implications of this direction.

15.1.7 Member on long term duty ill or injured

A member on long-term duty overseas who is seriously or very seriously ill, may be eligible for support under the Australians dangerously ill scheme under Chapter 17 Part 4.

See: Chapter 17 Part 4, Australians dangerously ill scheme – overseas

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

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