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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
Item If the member's
and they are
then their contribution to living-in
accommodation each week is ($)...
1 SQNLDR or higher
47.20 53.00 73.87 81.73 106.50
2 FLTLT or lower
officer rank (other
47.20 53.00 73.87 81.73 88.75
one other person 23.60 26.50 36.93 40.86 44.38
two other people 15.73 17.67 24.62 27.24 29.58
11.80 13.25 18.47 20.43 22.19
four or more
3 SGT or higher non-
42.00 47.43 66.79 77.35 88.75
one other person 21.00 23.71 33.39 38.68 44.38
two other people 14.00 15.81 22.26 25.78 29.58
10.50 11.86 16.70 19.34 22.19
four or more
4 CPL or lower
37.11 39.78 60.56 72.57 84.59
one other person 18.56 19.89 30.28 36.29 42.29
two other people 12.37 13.26 20.19 24.19 28.20
9.28 9.94 15.14 18.14 21.15
four or more
entry recruit during
one other person
two other people
four or more
6 Normal entry recruit
during basic recruit
LIA contributions as at November 26, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
NEW contribution rates for living-
in accommodation were announced on
October 16 with increases and decreases
in rates based on the standard of accom-
The adjustments to LIA contributions
were scheduled for 2008 but were post-
poned until a re-evaluation of living-in
accommodation could be completed.
Rates are based on 50 per cent of the
assessed rental value for levels 3, 4, and 5
accommodation and 40 per cent for levels
Big increases across the board are for
ADF members moving into new Level 5
Director Housing and Removals
Policy Robert McKellar said the revalua-
tion reflected both private-sector rental
growth and Defence work on living-in
accommodation throughout Australia.
"More Level 5 accommodation has
become available and some refurbish-
ment has also been done. These improve-
ments in quality have contributed to the
increased rental valuations for the higher
levels of accommodation on-base," Mr
"Where there has been a decline in
the average rental value for some Level 1
and 2 accommodation that has also been
passed on to members through reduced
He said the market rent approach pro-
vided fair and realistic rates that delivered
a workable solution for members and
"The Defence People Committee has
decided that the LIA contribution adjust-
ment cycle will be brought into line with
the timing of the Group Rent Scheme
(GRS) adjustments for service residences.
"As a result, the next LIA indexation
adjustment will occur in July-August
2010. A further indexation adjustment
will occur at the same time as the annual
GRS adjustment in March-April 2011."
Revaluations are conducted every
three years by the Australian Valuation
Office (AVO) to compare the standard,
amenity and location (along with other
factors) with that available in the private
Contribution rates are adjusted annu-
ally between revaluations using an index
created by the AVO for that purpose.
Information on ADF pay and conditions,
including contributions for LIA, is avail-
able from the DEFWEB: http://intranet.
defence.gov.au/pac/ or internet: www.
CDF ACM Angus Houston has en-
couraged commanders to use the new
complaints and grievance management
system, ComTrack Self Service, to re-
solve issues early and at the lowest pos-
"Nothing is more important to me than
the health and wellbeing of the men and
women of Defence," ACM Houston said.
"I encourage people to report unaccept-
able behaviour and support others through
the new ComTrack Self Service. I particu-
larly encourage people to try and make sure
they resolve all unacceptable behaviour in a
The new service brings a number of
processes and procedures into one common
online system to improve knowledge shar-
ing, transparency and the efficiency and
effectiveness of ADF and APS complaints
and grievance management.
ComTrack is also integrated with
PMKeyS to reduce duplication of informa-
tion and data entry.
"So performance can be tracked to
ensure complaints and grievances are man-
aged in an appropriate and timely man-
ner," ACM Houston said. "It will greatly
improve the way the ADF manages and
reports complaints and grievances and
greatly assist the way commanders respond
to and lead on these issues."
The new ComTrack Self Service can be
accessed through the PMKeyS Self Service
Portal link on the Defweb Homepage.
New LIA rates to be
Military comp review needs you
ADF members are being urged to
have their say on military rehabilita-
tion and compensation arrangements
as part of a review by the Department
of Veterans' Affairs.
More than 68 written submissions
have been received for the review so
far; however, the review committee
wants to meet with as many current
and ex-service personnel and their
families as possible to hear their
Meetings are being held at selected
ADF bases and establishments during
the coming months, with other public
meetings to be held off-base for ex-
For more information, visit www.dva.
gov.au or to register for meetings,
NEW COSTS COMING IN: The contribution rates for
ADF living-in accommodation have been adjusted across
the board, following the revaluation of accommodation.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
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