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					                           Directorate of Service Conditions
                                                  Correct as at 6 Jul 09




        Operation PALATE II
        Conditions of Service




Personnel Policy and Employment Conditions
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                       Directorate of Service Conditions
                                              Correct as at 6 Jul 09




             References
• PACMAN Version 2 Chapter 17
• DSC Service Conditions message dated
  13 Oct 05
• DSC ICA message dated 10 Oct 06
• HQJOC message 4206/SO2 PERSOPS
  DTG 150409Z SEP 08 – Leave outside
  the AO and DA
                       Directorate of Service Conditions
                                              Correct as at 6 Jul 09




  Nature of Service Declaration
• A Nature of Service declaration by the
  Minister for Defence, in consultation
  with the Prime Minister, authorises a
  Conditions of Service package for each
  deployment.
• Op PALATE II has been declared Warlike
  service WEF 27 Jun 05.
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   Warlike Service - Definition

• The application of force is authorised to
  pursue specific military objectives and
  there is an expectation of casualties.
• Types:
  – Declared war;
  – Conventional combat operations against an armed
    adversary; and
  – Peace enforcement IAW Chap VII of UN Charter.


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                       Reviews

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

• Threat assessments conducted by DIO are
  reviewed every six months or when
  circumstances change.
• Directorate of Service Conditions reviews COS
  in line with the above.


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                 ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the COS package, members
must be:
– assigned for duty with Operation PALATE II,
– be within the Op PALATE II specified area.

Service outside the specified area attracts
peacetime cos
                                                OPERATION PALATE II
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The specified area
comprises Afghanistan




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ADF contribution to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
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          Conditions of Service
           before deployment
• For deployments of six months or more, a
  range of removal entitlement options exist for
  MWD and MWOD:
  – Refer to COS signal, and
  – Consult with DHA




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           Check Insurance

• It remains the members responsibility to
  ensure continued insurance coverage for home
  and content during any period of absence.




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             Conditions of Service
              before deployment
• Deployments of less than six months do not normally
  attract a pre-embarkation Leave entitlement.
   – Some provision exist for special cases; apply to Director of Entitlements.
• 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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           Conditions of Service
            before deployment

• 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 maintenance payments


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           Conditions of Service
            during deployment
Allowances
• International Campaign Allowance (ICA) $200 pd inside
   Afghanistan:
   – payable inside the specified area
   – payable for ADF Rec leave or WSL accrued in the specified area
   – 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
     Afghanistan, duty outside the specified area (Kuwait), escorting
     AME, RTA injured, conference/BOI etc
• Recognition of operational and environmental hazards
• Based on threat assessment
• ICA is paid for all leave (Rec, WSL, Field, etc) accrued
  inside the specified area; at highest rate earned.
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         Conditions of Service
          during deployment
• Other allowances where applicable:
  – Separation Allowance - $7.38 pd
  – Field Allowance:
      • Tier 1 - $48.53 pd
      • Tier 2 - $28.47 pd
  – Special Forces Disability Allowance
  – Flying Allowance
  – Seagoing Allowance
  – Hard lying Allowance

  * Field Allowance is paid IAW CJOPS approval –
    IF LIVING IN THE FIELD
  * Rates WEF 5 Feb 09
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         Conditions of Service
          during deployment
• 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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          Conditions of Service
           during deployment
• 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.



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            Conditions of Service
             during deployment

• Relief Out of Country Travel Fares Assistance
  (ROCTFA):
  – subject to operational constraints and provided the
    member’s 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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                                                          Correct as at 6 Jul 09




          Conditions of Service
           during deployment
• ROCTFA entitlement is based on length of
  deployment as follows:-
  –   Less than 6 months = NIL entitlement
  –   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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            Conditions of Service
             during deployment
• ROCTFA designated destination for Op PALATE II:
   – for MWD who wish to RTA the destination is limited to the
     previous posting locality or alt the location where family has
     been moved at public expense.
   – For MWOD who wish to RTA the destination is limited to the
     previous posting locality or alt the reported locality of NOK for
     rec leave free travel purposes.
• there is no offset for the RTA provision.




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           Conditions of Service
            during deployment
• For deployment for 12 months or more:
  – pers may apply as an offset to combine the value of two trips
    to Australia that they are entitled to, to assist the member and
    their dependants to reunite in Australia.
  – Alternatively the member, either MWD or MWOD, may use the
    value of the two trips to travel to another country.




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         Conditions of Service
          during deployment
• ROCTFA - continued
  – For members who do not wish to RTA or who are entitled
    but do not avail themselves of the previous option to
    combine two trips, the ROCTFA destination is Rome.
      • Members may offset the cost of return travel to Rome
        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 leave.



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           Conditions of Service
            during deployment
• Leave
  – War Service Leave of 18 days pa accrued on a daily basis. No
    qualifying period and only accrued inside specified area.
  – ARL – combination of Field, Seagoing or Flying granted IAW PACMAN
    if entitled.
      • 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 deployments

• Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme
  – qualifying period remains unaffected by warlike service
  – possibility of up to an additional 5 years subsidy

• Medals
  – AASM -1 day
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         Conditions of Service
          during deployment
• 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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         Conditions of Service
          during deployment
• Taxation - warlike service
   – Section 23AD ITAA:
      • all ADF salary and allowance earned inside the
        specified area are exempt from taxation
      • Taxation exemption continues on RTA for the number
        of days of accrued leave.




ITAA = the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936

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  Where can I find the Conditions of
  Service for Operation PALATE II?
• 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 Operations




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