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TRANSITION TO CIVVY STREET
May 23, 2013
Don't forget to
have your say
PURCHASING or owning an
investment property might make
sound financial sense, but ADF
members should be aware of the
potential impact on their future eli-
gibility to Defence housing assis-
Defence housing assistance pro-
vided to ADF members is based
on a member's need and bedroom
requirements. As such it is not a con-
dition of service but is provided to
members posted to locations where
they do not own a suitable home,
according to Assistant Director
Military Conditions and Housing
Policy, Bruce Jackson.
Mr Jackson said members need-
ed to be "conscious of the unintend-
ed consequences that purchasing a
home may have on their eligibility
for housing assistance".
"If a member decides to lease out
a suitable own home and as a con-
sequence is unable to occupy it, the
home will remain a suitable home
and the member will not be eligible
for housing assistance if they are
posted to the location of the home,"
"One of the most common
questions asked of our Directorate
and Defence Housing Australia is
whether or not a member's home
is considered to be a 'suitable own
The ADF Pay and Conditions
Manual defines a 'suitable own
home' as a home owned by the
member or any of their dependents
in the member's posting location and
with enough bedrooms to accommo-
date the member's family.
However, a home purchased
using any form of Defence hous-
ing assistance, such as the Defence
Home Ownership Assistance
Scheme, Defence Home Owner
Scheme, Defence Service Home
Loan, Home Purchase Assistance
Scheme or the Home Purchase or
Sale Expenses Allowance will be
considered suitable for the member's
current posting and all subsequent
postings to the location of the home
irrespective of the number of bed-
Mr Jackson said some investment
schemes enabled members to pur-
chase a property and then arrange to
lease it for extended periods.
"A suitable own home purchased
under one of these schemes will still
be considered a suitable home and
the member will not be entitled to a
service residence or rent allowance
when posted to the location of the
home," he said.
In addition to seeking independ-
ent professional financial advice
before proceeding with the purchase
of a home, members should also
ensure that their purchase would not
deny them Defence housing assis-
In the first instance members
are encouraged to read chapter 7 in
THERE is still time to have YourSay and to
influence important Defence decisions about
your pay, your conditions and your work-
The YourSay survey will remain open for
responses until May 27.
If you would like to know more or have
any questions or comments, contact the
YourSay research team at your.say@
About 3500 people had their say in
February. Here are just a couple of the com-
Nine out of 10 Air Force people said hav-
ing resources to do their jobs was impor-
tant but less than half were satisfied with
the resources available to do their jobs.
Two out of 10 Air Force people did not
think Defence senior leaders are steering
Defence in the right direction.
AIR Force's New Horizon program was
among the key items on the agenda when
Defence's HR professionals gathered for
the annual People Expo in Canberra on
Defence People Group hosted the
expo, where information was shared on
people reform programs across Defence.
Deputy Secretary of Defence People
Group Carmel McGregor said the People
Expo was a signature gathering of peo-
ple professionals and stakeholders from
across Defence to showcase success and
innovation in the personnel area.
"The presentations covered a broad
scope of reform programs and cultural
change initiatives in the single Services,
VCDF Group, Intelligence and Security
Group and the Defence People Group,"
Ms McGregor said.
The presentations included an
update on Navy's leadership develop-
ment program, the Air Force New
Horizon program, the Army's Personnel
Administrative Centres, implementation
of the Broderick Review recommenda-
tions and the Suakin Reserve Reform
Ms McGregor said three question and
answer sessions highlighted the issues
that were of most concern and interest.
"We had a range of questions that
generated discussion on issues that are
quite new for Defence, such as wide-
spread access to flexible work, men-
toring programs and the reforms under
Suakin," she said.
Attendees were encouraged to browse
the kiosks that showcased the fields of
diversity, organisational culture, perfor-
mance management, reform and work
health and safety.
For further information on the People Expo,
visit the PeopleConnect site on the Defence
New Horizon focus
at People Expo
DAN hits 10,000 members
THE Defence Alumni Network (DAN)
-- a social network built by Defence for
Defence -- hit 10,000 members this
month, and has so far facilitated more
than 6500 reconnections.
The DAN is open to current and for-
mer members of the ADF and recently
opened to Defence APS and Australian
Defence College students graduates
(Australian and overseas). More than
10,000 people have joined the DAN,
with Profiles, Groups and Events among
the most popular sections of the social
CAPT Harry Lok, Project Manager
for the DAN, said the platform had
helped thousands of current and former
ADF personnel reconnect.
"One of the underlying objectives of
the DAN has always been to facilitate
ongoing connections between Defence
people and I'm thrilled that more than
10,000 people see the platform as a
valuable way to stay in touch," he said.
"The fact we are universally acces-
sible online and also a secure network
built just for Defence have been key fac-
tors in our success.
"Joining the DAN is easy -- all you
need is your Service ID or PMKeyS
number and an email address and
CAPT Lok said 2013 would be a
big year for the DAN, with a focus on
increased contribution to the platform
from existing members, and significant
changes to the site's Jobs section.
To join the DAN, visit www.dan.gov.au
THINK BEFORE YOU BUY: Members interested in purchasing an investment property need to be
conscious of the effects that purchase may have on their eligibility for housing assistance.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
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