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TRANSITION TO CIVVY STREET
July 4, 2013
FULL rent allowance is now availa-
ble to ADF members without depend-
ants who had been eligible for only
partial rent allowance before July 1.
This change is expected to benefit
more than 800 members.
Assistant Director Military
Conditions and Housing Policy,
Bruce Jackson said Defence was con-
stantly reviewing and updating its
policies regarding service conditions
and housing policy.
"These changes will enable mem-
bers who are renting to live in hous-
ing that better meets their needs and
expectations," Mr Jackson said.
Before July 1, some members
without dependants were provided
with only partial rent allowance due
to a combination of their rank and
years of service.
Their contribution and rent ceiling
were half the rate of a member enti-
tled to full rent allowance.
Following this policy change, all
eligible members without depend-
ants will receive the full rate of rent
allowance and make corresponding
Members who are sharing accom-
modation receive the appropriate
Unless there is a service require-
ment to relocate, there is no remov-
al benefit for a member seeking to
relocate to a different residence as a
result of the change in policy.
Eligible members do not need to
take any administrative action.
Changes to the rent allowance
rates occurred automatically and will
appear in members' pay on July 18.
There is a small group of mem-
bers who will not immediately bene-
fit from the change to full rent allow-
These members would have
received a lower rate of rent allow-
ance after July 1 than they were
receiving before that date.
To ensure no detriment to these
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members, they have retained their
pre-July 1 rent allowance amount
until their situation is resolved.
Defence Housing Australia is
managing the rent allowance changes
including contacting members before
July 1 to explain their options to
If members believe they are in
this group and have not been con-
tacted, they should contact their
local Housing Management Centre
or ring Defence Housing Australia
on 139 342.
For more information see DEFGRAM
339/2013 or email Housing.PolicyInquiry@
HOUSING SUPPORT: ADF members without dependants are now eligible for full rent allowance instead of
the original partial amount.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
Choose a week, not a
day for your removals
ALL ADF members undergoing a
domestic removal will be provided with
an uplift on any day within a nominated
week, rather than on a specified day
within that week, as part of changes to
take effect from August 5.
Director of Relocations and Housing
Alan McClelland said the changes do
not involve an adjustment to policy or
"Currently, while Toll Transitions
uses their best endeavours to achieve
a member's preferred uplift date, this
is not always possible, and when it is
possible, it often incurs additional costs
to the services removals budget," Mr
In 2012, Defence conducted a three-
month trial of the whole-of-relocation
The trial showed Defence's costs
could be significantly reduced where
the uplift takes place on another day
within the same week as the member's
preferred uplift date. The reasons for
Taking advantage of cost differences
in services arising from the day the
service is supplied; for example mid-
week hotel rates are generally less
than a Friday
Considering all relocation costs
across each day of the requested uplift
week when making the uplift decision
Choosing the day of the week that
provides the most cost-effective com-
bination of costs.
Since the introduction of the pre-
application for relocation, members have
been nominating a week in which they
plan to uplift and Mr McClelland said the
initiative was a simple extension of the
Members will submit their application
for relocation in the usual manner, nomi-
nating a preferred uplift date.
Toll will determine the removal cost,
select the best value for money uplift date
within the requested week and advise the
"Members will be required to accept
the allocated uplift date, however their
interests will be protected as commanding
officers can approve the preferred uplift
date where operational reasons or extenu-
ating personal circumstances exist," Mr
"This approval will need to be provid-
ed by the member to Toll at the time they
submit their application for relocation."
There will be little if any impact to
members who submit their application
Defence will conduct a review of these
new arrangements early in 2014 follow-
ing the coming peak posting period.
Further information on the new relocation
model can be obtained by contacting Toll
Transition's Customer Service Centre on
1800 819 167.
THOSE applying for a home loan
subsidy through the Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme will
have access to an increased assistance
amount this financial year.
Since July 1 the primary index
used by the Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme has been set at
Director Military Conditions and
Housing Policy Peter Redston said
this was an increase of $36,831 from
"Taking account of the movement
in house prices each year is one of
the strengths of the Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme," Mr
The primary index for the Defence
Home Ownership Assistance Scheme is
the average house price, which covers
house prices across Australia during a
This is used to calculate the subsi-
dised loan amounts under the scheme
and is derived from Australian Bureau
of Statistics published data.
The three home loan subsidy values
under the scheme are based on a per-
centage of the average house price as
Tier 1 -- 40 per cent of the average
Tier 2 -- 60 per cent of the average
Tier 3 -- 80 per cent of the average
The Department of Veterans' Affairs
is the administrator of the Defence
Home Ownership Assistance Scheme.
If a member has a query on the
scheme they should contact the
Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Information on the scheme and tier sub-
sidy levels is at: www.dhoas.gov.au/www/
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