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					                              Directorate of Service Conditions
                                                    Correct as at 24 Jan 2011




            Operation AZURE
           Conditions of Service




Personnel Policy and Employment Conditions Branch
                      Directorate of Service Conditions
                                            Correct as at 24 Jan 2011




            References
• PACMAN Version 2 OCS Vol Chap 17
• DSC Service Conditions message dated
  240503Z Jan 11
• HQJOC message 4206/SO2 PERSOPS
  DTG 150409Z SEP 08 – Leave outside
  the AO and DA
• HQJOC message 6249/SO2 PERSOPS_B
  DTG 162221Z NOV 08 – Leave outside
  the AO and DA
                        Directorate of Service Conditions
                                              Correct as at 24 Jan 2011




  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 AZURE has been declared
  Non-warlike service WEF 10 Apr 05.
• The COS package was re-released on
  24 Jan 11 by DSC.
                                     Directorate of Service Conditions
                                                              Correct as at 24 Jan 2011




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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                         Reviews

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

• Threat assessments conducted by DIO are
  reviewed every 12 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 AZURE
  – be within the specified area
                                         OPERATION AZURE
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The specified
area comprises
Sudan.




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          ADF contribution to the United Nations Mission in Sudan
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          Conditions of Service
           before deployment
• For deployments of six months or more, a
  range of removal entitlement options exist:
  – 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 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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           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
• Deployment Allowance (WEF 12 Nov 2010):
   – $115.10 pd in Darfur region
   – $115.10 pd elsewhere in Sudan
   – Tax exempt
   – payable inside the specified area
   – payable for ADF leave 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 Sudan,
     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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    Threat Assessment considerations:
           Operational Factors

•   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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  Threat Assessment considerations:
        Environmental Factors
• health, including quality & availability of health
  services;
• topography and climate
• extent and quality of civil infrastructure
• extent insect, plant and animal hazards
• risk of road accidents & traffic conditions
• language and social conditions
• nature of deployment


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          Threat Assessment

• initial assessment completed on
  commencement of operation
• routine review at minimum six month intervals
• Threat levels can/do move up and down.




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          Conditions of Service
           during deployment
• Other allowances where applicable:
   – Separation Allowance
   – Flying Allowance
• 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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          Conditions of Service
           during deployment
• 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).
• 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.


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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 24 Jan 2011




         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




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            Conditions of Service
             during deployment
• ROCTFA designated destination for Op AZURE:
   – 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
• ROCTFA - continued
  – 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 leave.




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           Conditions of Service
            during deployment
• Leave
  – ARL for Non-warlike Service - up to 10 days pa.
  – ARL for Field, Seagoing 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
  – 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.

• Medals
  – ASM – clasp ‘Sudan’ with 30 day aggregate qualifying period


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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 - non-warlike service
   – 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 member’s 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:
        • applies where s23AG is not applicable (periods of less than 91 days)
        • $338 per year on a pro rata basis
        • plus 50% of any other applicable rebate, ie. Spouse



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           EXCHANGE PERSONNEL

• Personnel from other forces on exchange with
  the ADF and deployed on Operation AZURE:
  – have NIL entitlement to ADF Deployment packages
  – are provided conditions of service from their parent country
                                      Directorate of Service Conditions
                                                            Correct as at 24 Jan 2011




 Where can I find the Conditions
 of Service for Operation AZURE?
• 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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                              Correct as at 24 Jan 2011




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