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Division 4: Reserve service payment - infectious diseases

4.9.18 Definitions

In this Division the following apply.

Required to isolate also includes a requirement under the law or direction of a State or Territory.

Note: Section 1.3.66A provides the general definition of “required to isolate”.

Reserve allowance has the same meaning given in Schedule B.11 of DFRT Determination 2013 No. 11, ADF Allowances.

4.9.19 Member this Division applies to

This section applies to a member of the Reserves not on continuous full-time service.

4.9.20 Payment for periods of isloation associated with military service

  1. Subject to section 4.9.24, a member of the Reserves is eligible for a Reserve service payment if all of the following apply.

    1. Their Commanding Officer reasonably believes the member was exposed to an infectious disease in the course of their service.

    2. They are required to isolate themself.

    3. Notes:
      1. Commanding Officers should work with members to establish work from home arrangements if possible.
      2. A member who subsequently becomes ill may be eligible for a payment of salary and Reserve allowance under section 3.2.13.

  2. The rate of the Reserve service payment is equal to the salary and Reserve allowance the member would receive if they rendered service on each day of the isolation period.

  3. A member must not receive more than the equivalent of 10 days salary and Reserve allowance for a pay period.

  4. Note: This may consist of a combination of salary and a Reserve service payment.

4.9.21 Payment following a Defence activity

  1. Subject to section 4.9.24, a member is eligible for a Reserve service payment if all of the following apply.

    1. They have completed a Defence activity.

    2. They are required to isolate themself at the end of the Defence activity.

  2. The rate of the Reserve service payment is equal to the salary and Reserve allowance the member would receive if they rendered service on each day of the isolation period.

  3. A member must not receive more than the equivalent of 10 days salary and Reserve allowance for a pay period.

  4. Note: This may consist of a combination of salary and a Reserve service payment.

    Example: A member who lives in Hobart was required to attend a Defence course in Melbourne. During the course, Tasmania closed its borders with the mainland, requiring anyone returning to Tasmania to isolate themself. On return to Tasmania, the member is eligible for the Reserve service payment.

4.9.22 Payment for an inability to work a pattern of Reserve service

  1. Subject to section 4.9.24, a member is eligible for a Reserve service payment if their Commanding Officer reasonably believes the member is unable to work their pattern of Reserve service for a reason relating to the control of COVID-19.

  2. Notes:
    1. Commanding Officers should work with members to establish work from home arrangements if possible.
    2. A member who is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 may be eligible for a Reserve service payment under section 4.9.23.

    Example: The member is unable to work their pattern of Reserve service if they are required to isolate themself or unable to enter their normal place of duty due to its closure or travel restrictions and are unable to make alternative work arrangements.

  3. The rate of Reserve service payment is equal to the salary and Reserve allowance they would receive for the pattern of Reserve service.

4.9.23 Payment for COVID-19 infection

  1. Subject to section 4.9.24, a member is eligible for a Reserve service payment if all of the following apply.

    1. They are diagnosed with COVID-19.

    2. The member is not receiving a payment as a consequence of section 3.2.13.

    3. Note: A member may be eligible for Reserve salary under section 3.2.13 as a result of an injury or illness acquired in the course of Reserve service.

  2. The payment is equal to the amount of salary and Reserve allowance the member would receive for the pattern of Reserve service.

4.9.24 Periods of non-payment

  1. A member is not eligible for a Reserve service payment for the same period that any of the following apply.

    1. The member is receiving income by way of salary or wages.

    2. Note: Salary includes salary payable under DFRT Determination 2017 No. 2, Salaries.

    3. The member is on a medical absence.

  2. A member is only eligible for one payment under this Division at a time.

Application to Reservists: Yes.


Forms

  • AE729 - Health Support Allowance - Reserves
  • AE585 - Reserve Health Declaration (RHD)
  • AE585-1 - Reserve Health Declaration (RHD) General Practitioner (GP) Health Status Certification
  • Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.


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Further info

  • Defence Instruction (Army) PERS 79-6, Management of the Army High Readiness Reserve
    (This document is available on the Defence intranet or through the Defence Service Centre.)

Contact

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