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9.4.23 Purpose

Guidance
  1. Remote locations and the corresponding ADF district allowance grades are listed at Annex 4.4.A, Remote locations for ADF district allowance.
  2. Door-to-door travel provisions in Part 1 section 9.1.12, do not apply to remote location leave travel.
  3. Section 9.4.4A may limit a member’s remote location leave travel benefits.

9.4.25 Definitions

Guidance

Example for transfer paragraph a: A member transfers eligibility for a trip with the result that the member's brother is provided with air travel by a commercial airline.

9.4.26 Scheme A – member without dependants

Guidance

Section 9.4.40 provides additional benefits for member’s posted to RAAF Base Tindal and section 9.4.40A provides additional benefits for member’s posted to Woomera.

Guidance

For travel under subsection 2B between the locations under subsection 2A, only 1 travel benefit is used.

Guidance

Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member uses their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

9.4.27 Scheme A – member with dependants (unaccompanied)

Guidance

Section 9.4.40 provides additional benefits for member’s posted to RAAF Base Tindal and section 9.4.40A provides additional benefits for member’s posted to Woomera.

Guidance

For travel under subsection 2B between the locations under subsection 2A, only 1 travel benefit is used.

Guidance

Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member uses their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

9.4.28 Scheme A – dependants of a member with dependants (unaccompanied)

Guidance

Section 9.4.40 provides additional benefits for member’s posted to RAAF Base Tindal and section 9.4.40A provides additional benefits for member’s posted to Woomera.

Guidance

For travel under subsection 2B between the locations under subsection 2A, only 1 travel benefit is used.

Guidance

Example: A member's spouse has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the travel benefit. They use their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

9.4.29 Basic benefit – member with dependants

9.4.30 Scheme A – member with dependants

Guidance

Section 9.4.40 provides additional benefits for member’s posted to RAAF Base Tindal and section 9.4.40A provides additional benefits for member’s posted to Woomera.

Guidance

For travel under subsection 2B between the locations under subsection 2A, only 1 travel benefit can be used.

Guidance

Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Adelaide. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member uses their travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

Guidance

Unaccompanied travel by a child would need to comply with airline requirements.

9.4.31 Scheme B – member with dependants

Guidance

Section 9.4.40 provides additional benefits for member’s posted to RAAF Base Tindal and section 9.4.40A provides additional benefits for member’s posted to Woomera.

Guidance

Example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Sydney. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member transfers their travel benefit to their mother. The member's father pays his own fare.

Non-example: A member has a travel benefit from Darwin to Sydney. The member wants their parents to visit them in Darwin instead. The member finds a discount fare that is less than half the cost of the member's travel benefit. The member may not use his travel benefit to bring both parents to Darwin.

Guidance

Example: A member transfers their benefit to their sister. The member lives in Darwin, and their sister lives in Geelong. The member's sister travels from Melbourne to Darwin at Commonwealth expense. Travel from Geelong to Melbourne is a private expense.

9.4.32 Scheme A – offset of benefit to another destination

Guidance

The person taking the benefit must leave the member’s posting location to be eligible to offset their Scheme A Remote Location Leave Travel benefit.

Example: A member in Townsville is eligible for remote location leave travel to Brisbane. Instead the member wants to explore Cape York by car. The member may be paid vehicle allowance to the value of the journey to Brisbane.

Guidance

For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

Guidance

The closest airport is the one closest by travel time to the remote location.

Guidance

For remote locations in the Northern Territory, the nearest capital city is taken to be Adelaide.

Guidance

Example: A member in Darwin claims a remote location leave travel benefit. They elect to drive to Alice Springs with their partner. They are paid vehicle allowance for the journey, to the limit of one air fare to Adelaide. The member's partner has not used a remote location leave travel benefit.

9.4.33 Schemes A and B – advances of benefit

Guidance

Example: A member and their family apply to advance a remote location leave travel benefit for a family holiday. Soon afterwards one of their children is to turn 21, and will not be a dependant. That child will not accrue a remote location leave travel benefit. The CDF may not grant an advance for the member's child.

9.4.34 Schemes A and B – lapsing of benefit

9.4.35 Schemes A and B – deferral of benefit

Guidance

Example: A member has not been able to take a family holiday because work has been too busy. The member and dependants accrue new remote location leave travel benefit, and their previous accruals would normally lapse. Instead the member applies to defer the lapsing for one year. The member is granted the deferral, after making a leave plan for the next year with their supervisor.

9.4.36 Schemes A and B – member changes category

Guidance

Example: Member with dependants changes category to be a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

9.4.37 Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a member

Guidance

Example: SGT Jones is posted to Darwin on 1 June 2010. The member's partner, CAPT Smith, joins the member on 1 March 2011. The members accrue remote location leave travel on these dates.

Accrual example
Date Accrual

1 June 2010

SGT Jones

1 March 2011

CAPT Smith

1 June 2011

CAPT Smith and SGT Jones

1 June 2012

CAPT Smith and SGT Jones

9.4.38 Schemes A and B – spouse or partner is a Defence APS employee

Guidance

The partner may choose whether they lose a Scheme A or Scheme B benefit. The choice must be in writing. 

Example: A member and their dependants live in Darwin. The member's spouse is an APS employee in the Department of Defence. The member and their other dependants are eligible for one Scheme A and one Scheme B benefit every year. The member's spouse is eligible for one Scheme A or one Scheme B benefit every year.

9.4.40 Schemes A and B – Tindal travel arrangements

Guidance

Example: A member has six dependants who are travelling on remote location leave travel from Tindal. The member may be paid the cost of hiring a passenger van for the journeys between Tindal and Darwin.

Guidance

Example: One-way hire charges levied by the car hire company.

9.4.40A Schemes A and B – additional travel arrangements

Guidance

The closest airport is the one closest by travel time to the remote location.

Example: The member and three dependants need to travel from the remote location to the location with an airport that provides commercial travel. The public transport that is available for this trip is by bus. The cost of the four bus tickets is higher than the rate of vehicle allowance for the same distance. The member is eligible for vehicle allowance.

9.4.41 Schemes A and B – dependants under the age of 18

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