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Division 1: Overview

15.6.4 Definitions

This table explains the definition of terms used in this Part.

Term Definition
Benchmark school A school that provides a standard of education that is as close as possible to the Australian standard at a reasonable cost. The school sets a 'benchmark' for the amount of education assistance to be reimbursed to the member or paid to a school, when a child attends school at the posting location.

See: Division 2 section 15.6.9 and Annex 15.6.A
Compulsory tuition fees a. 'Compulsory tuition fees' means the sum of the following compulsory annual fees.
  1. Tuition fees.
  2. Other fees and charges relating to tuition.
  3. Sports fees.
  4. Travel by a child in a specially designated school bus.
  5. Building and capital fees.
  6. Any Government taxes levied on the fees described in paragraph a.
b. Compulsory tuition fees do not include the following fees.
  1. Boarding fees.
  2. The cost of school uniforms.
  3. Any other fees not provided for under paragraph a.
Posting location For the purpose of benchmark and approved summer schools the member's posting location is taken to be one of the following.
  1. If the member has been directed to live in Manhattan under section 15.1.6 — the posting location is Manhattan.
  2. If the member is posted to a city, or an establishment within a city, that is listed — the posting location is that city.
  3. If the member is posted to a city or establishment that is not listed but the country where the city or establishment is located is listed — the posting location is the country or 'country – other'.
  4. If the member is posted to a city, establishment or country that is not listed — there is no benefit for the location.

15.6.5 How benefits are paid

  1. Unless otherwise specified, benefits under this Part are paid as a reimbursement to the member up to the limit of the benefit.

  2. If a fee or charge for which a benefit is provided under this Part is paid by the member in instalments, the member may be reimbursed the amount paid for each instalment. The total amount reimbursed for the fee or charge must not exceed the limit of the benefit.

15.6.6 Amount repayable if member receives refund

If a member is refunded an amount from a provider for a benefit the Commonwealth has already paid to the member or to the provider, the member must repay the refunded amount to the Commonwealth.

Note: This applies for both upfront payments and reimbursements under subsection

Example: Levies were refunded by the school for a cancelled sporting event. The member is not to keep the refunded amount and must repay it to the Commonwealth.

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

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