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February

Approved summer schools (Japan) – amendments

The purpose of this Determination is to establish STEAM Lab +E in Tokyo as an approved summer school for members who are posted to Japan. STEAM Lab +E is an international school used by Defence families posted to Tokyo. The school is added to the list of approved summer schools so that children do not have to change schools during the summer programme period.

Omnibus (Includes: approved summer school amendments, approved club membership amendments), date of effect 6 February 2020.

Reunion travel benefits for members - amendments

The purpose of this Determination is to clarify the reunion travel provisions for members and allow members to use multiple reunion travel benefits at one time to offset the cost of travel for multiple dependants to visit the member at their duty location.

Defence Determination, Conditions of service Amendment (Omnibus) Determination 2020 (No. 1), date of effect 6 February 2020.

Living-in accommodation and housing contributions and allowances (revised)

The purpose of this Determination is:

  • To set out revised rates of contribution that members must make for their living-in accommodation. Living-in accommodation is a type of military accommodation that is provided for some single members, or members who do not have their families with them.
  • To implement an annual review of the Group Rent Scheme.
  • To implement the annual review of allowances that members may receive for, and the contributions they are required to make towards, the cost of their accommodation, meals and utilities.
  • To provide the number of bedrooms in a rental property a member is eligible for with regard to the rent ceiling.
  • To restructure rent ceiling provisions to provide a legitimate housing benefit and make it easier for the reader to understand.

Defence Determination, Conditions of service Amendment (Living-in accommodation and review of housing contributions and allowances) Determination 2019 (No. 36), date of effect 6 February 2020.

January

Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST - reimbursement to members of travel costs

The purpose of this Determination is to provide a reimbursement to members of costs associated with their early return from a holiday location and unrecoverable costs associated with the cancellation of a holiday when they are deployed on, or in support of, Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST.

Defence Determination (Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST) Determination 2020, date of effect 21 January 2020.

Executive vehicle allowance and eligibility for evacuation assistance

The purpose of this Determination is to clarify the eligibility period for executive vehicle allowance, amend the eligibility period for evacuation assistance, provide salary non-reduction provisions for members of the Air Force and Navy and to remove expired transitional provisions for members of the Reserves.

Defence Determination, Conditions of service Amendment (Omnibus) Determination 2020 (No. 1) Schedules 1, 3 and 4, date of effect 9 January 2020.

Relocation assistance – Port Wakefield

The purpose of this Determination is to provide accommodation assistance to members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their dependants in response to the controlled relocation from Proof and Experimental Establishment – Port Wakefield (Port Wakefield) on 20 November 2019. The controlled relocation was to ensure the safety and welfare of members and dependants who live at Port Wakefield due to the bushfire emergency.

Defence Determination (Controlled relocation – Proof and Experimental Establishment – Port Wakefield) Determination 2020, date of effect 7 January 2020.

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