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INJURED members of the ADF without de-
pendants who require a carer to assist with
their rehabilitation can look forward to addi-
tional housing and removals assistance under
a new deal which took effect on February 1.
The new policy will allow members
without dependants who need a live-in carer
greater access to Defence residences or addi-
tional rent allowance to accommodate the
carer as well as their rehabilitation needs.
Defence Science and Personnel Minister
Warren Snowdon announced the new initia-
"Prior to February 1, 2011, the need for
a live-in carer was not recognised and no
provisions were made to assist personnel
with housing to include a live-in carer," Mr
Snowdon said. "Defence has taken pro-
active steps to change that."
The initiative will provide assis-
tance to members who need a live-in
carer to assist with domestic tasks, per-
sonal hygiene, mobility, feeding and
to provide ongoing medical care, on
both a short-term and long-term basis.
In addition, members who need to move
to a new home or location to assist in their
rehabilitation can also be provided with a
Removals assistance will be provided for
a live-in carer on a case-by-case basis.
"Members who have dependants may
also access housing with an additional bed-
room to accommodate a live-in carer," he
said.The new policy is aligned with the
Simpson Program, which provides enhanced
support and services for wounded ADF
For more information, visit www.defence.gov.
CHANGES to the entitlements for
Members With Dependants Unaccom-
panied (MWD(U)) are due to take ef-
fect from February 17.
These changes will give eligible
service members extra benefits if a
member's family chooses to live away
from their place of duty.
Assistant Director Directorate of
Service Conditions Bob Jones said
that previously members could only
receive benefits to help with the cost
of the home at a personal location if
there was a strong compassionate rea-
son for the family living there.
"A removal for your dependants
and subsidised housing are not ben-
efits normally provided by Defence
when your dependants choose to move
to a personal location," he said.
"Under the new scheme some ben-
efits will be provided for situations
where the family have chosen to move
to a personal location, allowing more
members to become categorised as
Mr Jones said that the new scheme
allows some members who are cur-
rently Married Without Dependants
(MWOD) to be re-categorised and
receive the benefits as MWD(U).
"Members' families can now move
to a personal location for a compas-
sionate reason at any time regard-
less of where you are in your posting
cycle," he said. "Under the old scheme
the compassionate move had to occur
during the Defence member's posting
cycle to entitle them to a removal."
Mr Jones said changes had also
occurred for Defence members who
deployed for more than six months
and moved their family during this
"Previously if a member's family
did not return to the posted location
at the end of their deployment, they
would be categorised as MWOD.
"The new scheme allows the mem-
ber to remain MWD(U) and receive
some of the entitlements."
If your family has already moved
from your posted location you may
still be eligible to receive these ben-
efits; however, approval can only be
given from February 17.
MWD(U) allowances are provided
to help with the costs of keeping two
households when a service member is
separated from their dependants and
range from separation, utilities and
food allowances to subsidised accom-
modation and reunion leave.
Full details of this policy change are
available on the Pay and Conditions
websites -- Defweb: http://intranet.
defence.gov.au/pac or intranet: www.
You might be able to get
some benefits if:
Your dependants stay in your
losing location when you post
out, or they go back there later
and you pay for it yourself.
You have moved your depend-
ants to a personal location at
your own expense (this does
not include a removal or hous-
ing assistance for your depend-
ants, but you may receive
reunion travel and housing
assistance at the posting loca-
You are a service couple living
apart and are not able to form a
common household for service
Your dependants moved to a
personal location when you
deployed on operations.
You are recruited from another
country, and the service pays
for your family to move here, to
a personal location away from
your place of duty.
The service pays for your
dependants' move for compas-
The service pays for your
spouse/partner to move for
employment or study.
You move to a remote location
for six months or more and
your family moves to a per-
Your family has relocated to
your discharge location up to
12 months prior to your dis-
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