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October 24, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
NOT all ADF personnel are eligible
for rent allowance (RA) at all times.
RA is a benefit provided to mem-
bers with dependants where a suit-
able service residence provided by
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is
Members without dependants and
members on a posting classified as
members with dependants (unaccom-
panied) can also use the benefit.
Assistant Director Military
Conditions and Housing Policy Bruce
Jackson said personnel were some-
times confused about their eligibility
"Recently we have received an
increased number of policy related
enquiries that have potential to be
fraud cases," Mr Jackson said.
"As these cases can have an impact
on a member's career and personal
financial situation, we advise mem-
bers to be vigilant of their situation.
"Members must report any change
in circumstance, no matter how
minor the change may seem."
For members without dependants
and those who are categorised as
members with dependants (unaccom-
panied), RA is automatically offered
to them if they are not required to live
on base and they don't own a suitable
home in their posting location. In
the past these members had to apply
through their chain of command to
live off base.
For members with dependants
(MWD), RA is approved where the
member does not own a suitable
home in their posting location and
DHA is unable to provide a suitable
Mr Jackson said Defence did not
meet 100 per cent of the MWD hous-
ing need through SRs because it could
not provide people different housing
choices if they had specific require-
ments for their living arrangements,
such as if they had a large family or
identified special needs.
"Defence aims to provide up to 85
per cent of ADF families with a ser-
vice residence, thus allowing people
with specific requirements to find
accommodation to suit their circum-
Personnel receive RA into their
bank account at the same time as
their pay. The amount of RA is
listed on a member's salary variation
Rent ceilings are set for each
locality and are based on a yearly re-
valuation of service residences in each
A member's rent ceiling can also
be increased based on the number
of bedrooms a member requires, or
where a member can clearly dem-
onstrate that a suitable residence is
not available to rent at the specified
"Defence sets the dollar range for
each rent band based on the rental
value of each property in each rent
band in every posting location, which
is then aligned to each of the ADF
rank groups," Mr Jackson said.
ADF personnel need to be aware
that it is their responsibility to inform
their chain of command and DHA of
any changes that may affect their eli-
gibility to receive RA.
For more information on RA, visit the Pay and
Conditions Manual website at http://intranet.
Information on RA can be found in chapter
7, part 6.
can be costly
125 and counting
SQNLDR Michael Dillon is used to
leading by example and giving his
125th blood donation was no excep-
SQNLDR Dillon, of RAAF Base
East Sale, is the base's 2013 Defence
Blood Challenge coordinator and
made his record donation on October 4
as part of his effort to encourage others
However, he played down the sig-
nificance of the donation.
"The number may be significant
but I don't feel any different. A lot of
donors have contributed much more,"
SQNLDR Dillon said.
"Still, it's good to recognise how
much it means to others. I admire the
pioneers who set up blood collection
centres in the first place and the vol-
unteers whose efforts go largely unno-
SQNLDR Dillon first started
donating blood in Adelaide in 1976.
"I was at teacher's college and a
friend who was donating encouraged
me to go along," he said. "Having
grown up in country SA, I had no idea
what to expect."
Despite this slightly hesitant start,
he was hooked and has continued to
give blood on a regular basis ever
"After my first donation, as was
customary, I was given a meat pie and
stout. It seemed too good to be true, so
I decided to go back as soon as I was
eligible," SQNLDR Dillon said.
"Since then, donating whole blood
has become a habit, although swap-
ping state registers eight times before
the Red Cross went national made
keeping track a bit tricky."
His dedication has also inspired his
children to donate on a regular basis,
including daughter Rachel who was
with him for his 125th donation.
"I am incredibly lucky to have a
family team of donors who give both
whole blood as well as plasma,"
SQNLDR Dillon said.
With his impressive donation his-
tory, SQNLDR Dillon is well versed
on the importance of giving blood.
"There are lots of needy people
whose health, and sometimes life,
depends on the donations given each
week," he said.
"Blood products have a limited
shelf life, therefore the supply needs to
be constantly refreshed."
As East Sale's Defence Blood
Challenge coordinator, he advertises
in the base information circular and
networks with unit representatives to
ensure the message gets through to
"We also tally donations and pro-
vide ongoing encouragement to mem-
bers, recognising that they all contrib-
ute to the greater effort," SQNLDR
Halfway into October, Air Force
had so far recorded 535 donations
toward the 2013 Defence Blood
Challenge with the potential to save
more than 1600 lives -- contributing to
a triservice total which so far exceeds
1570 donations and is rising steadily.
"I'm happy that so many people
have chosen to donate," SQNLDR
"Although it would be great for Air
Force to beat the other services, the
contribution is all that really matters.
"If you are able to give blood or
blood products, roll up your sleeve and
join in the challenge. There are sig-
nificant benefits, which include having
a regular health check and knowing
you are doing something really worth-
To make your donation count for Air Force,
GIVING BACK: Back row from left, 2013 RAAF Blood Ambassador SQNLDR Andrew Greaves, Rachel
(SQNLDR Dillon's daughter) and Lisa Humphries watch on as SQNLDR Mike Dillon makes his 125th blood
donation at RAAF Base East Sale.
Photo: CPL Steve Duncan
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