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Part 4: Housing

15.4.1 Purpose

This Part sets out housing and utilities benefits for a member on a long-term overseas posting.

15.4.2 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member who is eligible for the overseas living allowances and who lives out.

15.4.3 Member this Part does not apply to

  1. This Part does not apply to a member while they meet either of these conditions.

    1. Both of the following circumstances apply to the member.

      1. The member is able to live in their own or their dependant's home at the posting location.

      2. The CDF is satisfied that the home is of a suitable standard for the member's rank and duties at the location.

      See also:
      Chapter 12 Part 1 section 12.1.2, Member Chapters 12 to 16 do not apply to
      Part 1 section 15.1.3, Member this Chapter does not apply to

    2. The member's accommodation is paid for by a body other than the Commonwealth, as represented by the Department of Defence.

      Example: A member is posted to an international committee. The committee provides a housing allowance to all members. The member uses the housing allowance to pay for their housing and has no eligibility under this Part.

  2. A member described in paragraph 1.a is not eligible for Commonwealth assistance for rent or utilities. They are not required to make contributions under this Part.

Persons who can make the decision under subparagraph 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
Director of Attaché and Overseas Management


This Part includes these Divisions and Annexes.

Division 1 Housing

Division 2 Utilities

Division 3 Rent groups

Division 4 Rent and utilities contribution

Division 5 Reductions to rent and utilities contributions

Division 6 Household help and support

Annex 15.4.A Rent group overseas – ADF only

Annex 15.4.AA Rent and utilities contribution – APS only

Annex 15.4.B Rent and utilities contribution

Annex 15.4.C Standards of residential overseas accommodation groups

Annex 15.4.D Remission of rent and utilities contribution – maintenance of household in Australia

Annex 15.4.E Remission of rent and utilities contribution for substandard accommodation overseas – submission of applications

15.4.4A Dispute resolution

  1. Any disputes about matters arising under this Part may be referred to the Head of Post for consideration and resolution if possible.

  2. The Head of Post may refer the matter to the Overseas Administration Team, Melbourne.

  3. See: Chapter 12 Part 2, Advice and administration for overseas conditions of services

  4. This dispute resolution framework is informal only, and does not prevent a member using the redress mechanism available under Part 7 of the Defence Regulation 2016.

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

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