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Part 8: Special location allowances

16.8.1 Purpose

A location allowance recognises the hazards of service in a location.

16.8.2 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member on a long-term posting in Afghanistan, Iraq or Papua New Guinea.

16.8.3 Allowances for selected Defence Attachés – ADF only

  1. This section applies to a member on a long-term posting overseas as one of the following.

    1. The Defence Attaché Kabul.

    2. The Defence Attaché Baghdad.

  2. The member is eligible for a special location allowance of AUD 238.49 a day. This allowance is payable on a fortnightly basis.

  3. For the purpose of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Pay-related Allowances) Determination 2017, special location allowance means either of the following allowances.

    1. For the Defence Attaché Kabul – Defence attaché Kabul allowance.

    2. For the Defence Attaché Baghdad – Defence attaché Baghdad allowance.

16.8.4 Unused leave – selected Defence Attachés – member posted before 1 July 2017 – ADF only

  1A. This section applies to a member posted before 1 July 2017.

  1. The member's period of unused leave is the recreation leave credit the member accrues but does not take during a long-term posting as the Defence Attaché Kabul or Defence Attaché Baghdad. It is capped at a maximum of the amount of recreation leave that the member accrued over their last 12 months' service at the posting location.

  2. This section only applies if the CDF decides that the member cannot take some or all of the leave during the posting period, owing to any of the following.

    1. Medical or compassionate reasons relating to the member or a dependant resulting in an early end to their posting.

    2. They have ceased continuous full-time service (whether in Permanent Forces or Reserves).

    3. Note: In the total workforce model, a member on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

    4. Operational needs.

  3. The CDF may authorise an allowance under section 16.8.3 to be paid for the period of unused leave taken overseas.

  4. Payment must not be made under this section for leave taken in Australia after the member returns.

  5. The period of unused leave must not be more than the amount of recreation leave that the member accrued over their last 12 months' service at the posting location.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection and subsection on behalf of the CDF:
First Assistant Secretary International Policy

16.8.5 Attraction allowance for Papua New Guinea

  1. A member on long-term posting to Papua New Guinea receives an attraction allowance at the rate of AUD 10,000 a year.

  2. The allowance is payable to the member on a pro rata fortnightly basis.

  3. Note: This amount is subject to income tax.

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

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