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					            Directorate of Service Conditions & Housing Policy
                                                   Correct as at 1 May 2012




          Operation ASLAN
         Conditions of Service




People Policy and Employment Conditions Branch
                               Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
                                                    Correct as at 1 May 2012




                   References

• PACMAN Version 2 OCS Vol Chap 17

• DSC Service Conditions message of 170053Z MAY 12
                                  Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
                                                       Correct as at 1 May 2012




         Nature of Service Declaration

• A Nature of Service (NOS) declaration by the Minister
  for Defence, in consultation with the Prime Minister,
  authorises a Conditions of Service (COS) package for
  each deployment.

• Op ASLAN has been declared non-warlike service for
  South Sudan and peacetime service for Uganda WEF 23
  Sep 11.

• The COS package was released on 20 Apr 12 and
  updated on 17 May 12 by DSC.
                                        Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
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        Non-warlike Service - Definition

• Military activities short of warlike operations where
  there is a risk associated with the assigned task(s) and
  where the application of force is limited to self defence.

• Casualties could occur but are not expected.

• Types (not limited to):
   – Hazardous - mine avoidance/clearance, weapons inspections,
     service protected evacuations - minimum force; and
   – Peacekeeping - military personnel without powers of enforcement
     to help restore peace in an area of former conflict with the
     consent of all parties.


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            Peacetime - Definition

Peacetime service is characterised as being operational
  service that is:

• Not Warlike, or
• Not Non-warlike.

For example – Op RESOLUTE




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                            Reviews

• DIO review threat assessments every twelve months or
  when circumstances change.

• NOS is reviewed when there is a change:
   – in circumstance;
   – in the task or role of deployed force;
   – or at a minimum of every 12 months.

• These reviews may result in new NOS declaration by the
  Minister for Defence.

• COS are reviewed when there is a change in threat
  assessment or NOS.
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                       ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the COS package, members must be:
   – assigned for duty with Operation ASLAN
   – be within the specified area(s)


• Eligibility for some COS depend on the expected length
  of deployment and operational requirements.
                          ServiceOPERATION ASLAN
                                 Conditions for OP ASLAN
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Zone A




           Zone B




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 ADF contribution to the United Nations Mission in Sudan
                                     Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
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              Housing and Removals

• Housing and removal benefits depend on;
  –   the expected length of your deployment;
  –   the location of your dependants during your deployment,
  –   your categorisation,
  –   posting location on RTA; and
  –   time remaining in losing posting location.


• For deployments of less than six months;
  – There are no removal benefits.
  – housing benefits;
     • Remain the same MWD and MWD(U)
     • Remain the same in the posting location for MWOD
       with the member not required to make a contribution
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               Housing and Removals

• For deployment of more than 6 months a range of
  assistance is provided to help members manage their
  absence.

• Members living in and Members living out;
   – May choose to remain in their accommodation or access removal
     and storage entitlements.
   – should engage early with the decision maker to ensure they are
     fully aware of the benefits and options available to them upon
     deployment.




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               Housing and Removals

• MWD
  – dependants may remain in posting location; or
  – dependants may be moved to a personal location for family
    support where there is a compelling need. There a number of
    levels housing and removal options if approved to relocate your
    dependants for family support. The level of benefit available to the
    member depends on
      • the compelling need,
      • members posting location on return; and
      • length of time in posting location on return.

  – Members should engage early with the decision maker to
    ensure they are fully aware of the benefits available in
    their circumstances.

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       Pre-deployment Leave and Travel

• Deployments of less than six months do not normally
  attract a pre-embarkation Leave entitlement.
   – Some provision exist for special cases; apply via relevant service DGPERS
     area.
• Deployments of six months or more - Pre-embarkation
  Leave:
   – approval depends on operational requirements;
   – up to 7 days (inclusive of weekends and public holidays);
   – Free Travel:
       – If entitled – free travel within Australia may be granted to home
         location
       – If BRL free travel entitlement exists then this is to be used
       – Alt, family members may be conveyed at public expense to members
         home location. Costs not to exceed that which would have been
         expended for the member to travel.

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                     Before Deploying

Members should;
• Check with Centrelink regarding:
   – Family Tax Benefits:
       • Note - A New tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 was
         amended effective 1 July 2007 to provide portability of Family
         Tax Benefit Part B beyond 13 weeks while overseas on
         deployment.
   – any other benefits that you may be eligible for depending on your
     family composition and income.


• Check with Child Support Agency regarding child
  support payments

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                          Allowances

• Deployment Allowance:
   – $109.00 pd (WEF 10 May)
   – Tax exempt
   – payable inside the specified area (Zone A only)
   – payable for ADF leave accrued in the specified area (Zone A
     only)
   – subject to change at any time – up or down (based on
     changes to military and environmental conditions)
   – NOT payable at any other time; ie. UN leave/CTO outside AO,
     duty outside the specified area (ie. Nairobi), escorting AME, RTA
     injured, conference/BOI etc

• Recognition of operational and environmental hazards

• Threat assessment sets basis for rate
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                             Allowances

• The rate of DA is arrived at by combining rates
  associated with Operational and Environmental threats
  as assessed by DIO

• Operational assessments take into consideration;
   –   political and military situation
   –   activities and aims of military forces
   –   military hazards
   –   incidence of violent crime
   –   the nature of the deployment
   –   command arrangements


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                             Allowances

• Environmental assessments give consideration to;
   –   health, including quality & availability of health services;
   –   topography and climate
   –   extent and quality of civil infrastructure
   –   extent of insect, plant and animal hazards
   –   risk of road accidents & traffic conditions
   –   language and social conditions
   –   nature of deployment




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                       Allowances


• Other allowances where applicable:
   – Separation Allowance
   – Flying Allowance
   – Hardship Allowance (Uganda)


• Field Allowance applications are to be submitted to
  CJOPs for approval IAW the requirements of PACMAN,
  providing the stipulated threshold criterion of 'living in
  the field' has been met.




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                         Allowances

• MSA may be paid by the UN:
   – covers costs of accn, food and misc expenses
   – no entitlement to O/S TC for same costs
   – if MSA does not cover actual costs, ‘top up’ TC may become
     payable. Chap 13 of PACMAN refers.


• Members who are required to purchase their own meals
  and who are not in receipt of Mission Subsistence
  Allowance (MSA) may qualify to receive Travelling Costs
  (including incidentals).




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                          Allowances

• District Allowance
   – MWD members DO NOT have this allowance ceased if the family
     remain at posting location.
   – MWOD members DO have this allowance ceased:
       • after 30 days if returning to remote location after deployment,
         or
       • on date of deployment if posted out of remote location and
         not returning after deployment.




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                                  Leave

• ARL for Non-Warlike and Peacetime service - up to 10
  days pa.

• ARL for Field or Flying service if entitled (granted IAW
  PACMAN):
        • Be aware prior Field Leave accrued for current LY will count for the max
          Field Leave that can be credited – 10 days pa.


• ERL is not granted for warlike or non-warlike deployments

NB-IAW with HQJOC direction members leaving the AO must take ADF leave.
   Any other form of leave inc. UN/CTO leave is only to be taken in theatre
   and accounted for as short leave on PMKeys.

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       Relief Out of Country Travel Fares
              Assistance (ROCTFA):

• The purpose of relief out-of-country travel fare
  assistance is to help the member have time away from
  the difficulties of a deployment. ROCTFA is:
   – subject to operational constraints and providing the members
     leave plan includes being outside of the specified area for at least
     seven (7) consecutive days
   – to be taken as near as possible to midway point of deployment
   – travel on cheapest available airline offering a reasonable standard
     of safety and security
   – travel is intended to assist personnel to have time away from the
     arduous conditions of the deployment
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                              ROCTFA

• ROCTFA entitlement is based on length of deployment
  as follows:-

   – Less than 6 months = NIL entitlement
   NB: HQJOC may grant 1 ROCTFA in exceptional circumstances
   – 6 months but less than 9 months = 1 ROCTFA
   – 9 months but less than 12 months = 2 ROCTFA
   – 12 months but less than 15 months = 3 ROCTFA




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                             ROCTFA

• ROCTFA designated destination for OP ASLAN is as follows:
   – to the previous posting loc, or
   – alt the location to which the family has been moved at public expense
     for the period of deployment, or
   – alt to the nominated family members normal residential loc within
     Australia, or
   – alt to the defence recognised dependant normal residential loc within
     Australia.


• there is no offset for the RTA provision.




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                           ROCTFA

• For members who do not wish to RTA the ROCTFA
  destination is London.

• Members may offset the cost of return travel to London
  against the cost of travel to an alt destination.

• The alt destination must be suitable as a ROCTFA
  destination as determined by the CO.
   – class of travel is economy airfare.
   – TA is not payable while on ROCTFA.




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                     COS - Uganda

• Service in Uganda (Zone B) is peacetime service

• Considered to be on short-term overseas duty
  not non-warlike service

• Hardship Allowance payable ($42.11 per day) following 28-
  day qualifying period. Service in South Sudan counts towards
  qualifying period

• Refer PACMAN Chap 13 for benefits

• Pers not entitled to both NWL and Peacetime COS for same
  day or part-day. Inter-zonal movements (Zone A & B) will
  receive higher of the two packages (NWL).

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                                            Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
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                             Taxation
• Service in South Sudan and Uganda
   – Section 23AG ITAA (qualifying period of 91 continuous
     days):
        • ADF pers may be eligible for exemption from Australian income
          tax under Section 23AG of the Income Tax Assessment Act
          1936.
        • Note: Taxation advice regarding a members personal
          circumstances is not provided by Defence. It is the responsibility
          of the individual to seek advice as necessary regarding the
          application of Section 23AG (or other provisions) to their
          personal circumstances and/or the ATO regarding a private
          ruling.
   OR


   – s79B ITAA - Overseas Defence Forces Rebate:
        • Eligibility to be confirmed

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                                          Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
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                    Other Information

• Compensation:
   – covered under the provisions of the Military Rehabilitation and
     Compensation Act 2004 for death, injury or illness.
   – covered 24 hr a day
   – Hotline No 1300 550 461
   – E-mail - mrcs@dva.gov.au

• It is essential to keep records and report all incidents.
  Ensure all paperwork is completed.

• Medals
   – To be determined by Directorate of Honours and
     Awards and advised separately.
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                   Other Information

• Telephone calls & mail service:
   – NOT a COS, however, members MAY BE provided the opportunity to
     telephone Australia:
       • The frequency and duration of these calls will be set by HQJOC.




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                                          Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
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               EXCHANGE PERSONNEL

• Personnel from other forces on exchange with the ADF
  and deployed on Operation ASLAN:
   – have NIL entitlement to ADF Deployment packages
   – are provided conditions of service from their parent country
                                           Service Conditions for OP ASLAN
                                                                Correct as at 1 May 2012




 Where can I find the Conditions of Service
          for Operation ASLAN?
• COS messages for all operations are published on the
  DEFWEB and Internet at:
   – http://intranet.defence.gov.au/pac/
   – http://www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac/


• drill down:
   – Pay and Conditions – Home Page
   – Overseas Deployments




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