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July 7, 2011
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DO you owe money to
An in-depth analysis of
employee debts has identified
that a significant number of uniformed
members and civilian employees owe
the department money.
In DEFGRAM 314/2011, for-
mer CDF ACM Angus Houston and
Defence Secretary Ian Watts directed
that Defence personnel must settle
debts owing to the department imme-
In the event that an overdue debt
has not been settled or a negotiated
repayment plan agreed, then the debt
will be referred to Defence Legal
Services for appropriate action.
Director Finance Business Centre
Glenn Johnston said employees who
paid their debts immediately would be
contributing to the Strategic Reform
"They should take particular care
when discharging or resigning to
ensure they have received the pay-
ments they are due and have settled
any debts owing to the Commonwealth
before leaving," Mr Johnston said.
"There is a mutual responsibility
on both parties to ensure all debts have
been paid in full, and that Defence
personnel have been paid the correct
There may be circumstances where
the legitimate repayment of the debt
may require further consideration or
cannot be paid in full before the due
date, in which case the individual
concerned should contact the National
Defence Accounts Receivable Centre
or the Payroll Recovery Unit (salary
and allowance repayments only) to
discuss repayment options.
If personnel believed there was a
legitimate cause to dispute the debt,
they should immediately write to the
National Defence Accounts Receivable
Centre or the Payroll Recovery Unit
to discuss options.
Methods of repayment
Personnel who receive an Accounts
Receivable invoice detailing the
amount of the debt and options for
repayment have an obligation to repay
the debts by the following methods:
Australia Post (Post billpay):
Payment may be made by cash,
cheque, EFTPOS or debit card
(cheque or savings account only) at
any Australia Post Office outlet.
BPAY: Payments can be made for
debts less than $10,000. Contact
your bank, credit union or building
society. For more information, visit
Government Easy Pay (online):
Payments can be made using
Mastercard, Visa or American
Express cards for debts less than
$10,000 by going online to www.
Recovery from salary: Recovery
of debts through salary systems is
available for members of the per-
manent ADF only. However, as this
is more expensive for Defence to
operate, personnel are encouraged
to use the other repayment methods.
Recovery of debts will occur at a
minimum of $100 per pay or the
outstanding balance (values less
than $100), and must be fully recov-
ered within six pay periods.
If you have been overpaid in salary
or allowances, recovery will normally
take place in ADFPAY, CENREPAYII
or PMKeyS. You can repay by:
Recovery from salary: An over-
payment can be recovered through
your salary if sufficient funds are
available. An amount equivalent to
10 per cent of your gross salary less
tax will be recovered each pay peri-
od. If your overpayment will recov-
er within three pay periods at the 10
per cent recovery rate you need do
nothing. If it is going to take longer
to repay, then the Payroll Recovery
Unit will contact you.
Cheque or credit card (Visa and
Mastercard only): You should
discuss this option with the Payroll
For more information, contact the
Payroll Recovery Unit at pacm.
Defence personnel are being urged to quickly
settle their debts with the Department of Defence
to avoid legal action, reports Andrew Stackpool.
Personnel in debt
to the department
should now start
how to pay it back.
Photo: LS Paul Berry
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