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February 17, 2011
CHANGES to the entitlements
for Members with Dependants
Unaccompanied (MWD(U)) are
being implemented and took effect
on February 17.
These changes will give eligible
Service members extra benefits if a
member's family choose to live away
from their place of duty.
Assistant Director Domestic
Conditions -- Policy Bob Jones said
p reviously 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," Mr Jones 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 the new scheme
allowed some members who were cur-
rently 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," Mr Jones said.
"Under the old scheme the compas-
sionate move had to occur during the
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," he
"The new scheme allows the mem-
Extra benefits for MWD(U)
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
DEFWEB -- http://intranet.
Internet -- www.defence.gov.au/
You might be able to get
some MWD(U) 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 liv-
ing apart and are not able to
form a common household for
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 personal
Your family has relocated to
your discharge location up to
12 months before your dis-
At a glance
NEW BENEFITS: Changes to entitlements for Members with Dependants Unaccompanied took place on
February 17 and may affect you, in particular your removal entitlements.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
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