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April 14, 2011
MEMBER contributions for
Group Rent Scheme (GRS) and
Living-in Accommodation (LIA)
will increase from May 12.
The 2011 updates to both GRS
and LIA will be reflected in pay
packets from May 26.
The contributions for accommo-
dation in Service residences and rent
allowance residences are based on
the rent paid to Defence Housing
Australia by Defence.
Rents are independently assessed
in rental markets across Australia
and updated annually on January 1.
Head People Policy Steven
Grzeskowiak said in the past the
level of subsidy provided by
Defence had increased due to great-
er than expected fluctuations in the
Australian housing market.
"It's a long-standing policy that
Defence should subsidise 50 per
cent of the national cost of housing
for ADF members and their fami-
lies," Mr Grzeskowiak said.
"As a result, the Chief of the
Defence Force and Secretary have
decided that this year's GRS update
will correct the imbalance of the
housing subsidy Defence provides
for members in rent bands 2 and 3.
"The over subsidisation for
LS(E) and lower in rent band 1 will
be corrected over a two-year period
in the annual adjustments for 2011
In 2010, rent bands 4 and 5
(CAPT(E) and above) were adjust-
ed to achieve 50 per cent subsidy,
as were PO(E), A/SBLT(E) and
SBLT(E) in Rent Band 1.
Mr Grzeskowiak said that chang-
es would also be made to the con-
tributions made by members who
reside in LIA.
"The index provided by the
Australian Valuation Office for the
2011 LIA adjustment is 2.75 per
cent, reflecting changes in market
rents for this type of accommoda-
For more information, follow the links
on intranet.defence.gov.au/pac or
Rent to rise By Dallas McMaugh
816 SQUADRON has been awarded
the prestigious McNicoll Trophy by
COMAUSFLT RADM Steve Gilmore.
A long-standing Navy award first
presented in 1968, the McNicoll Trophy
is awarded annually to the squadron with
the best record in flying, safety and pro-
A clear lower deck was called in the
816 Squadron hangar where CO CMDR
Shane Craig accepted the award on
behalf of his squadron.
CMDR Craig said the award recog-
nised the tireless efforts of his personnel
during the past 12 months.
"2010 was a high-tempo year for 816
Squadron," CMDR Craig said.
"Recent deployments have included
anti-piracy activities in the Arabian Sea,
assisting in the Victorian flood relief
efforts, and we have had at least one air-
craft continuously in the Middle East for
20 years now.
"To operate effectively at that level
you need a very dedicated and commit-
"While we have the satisfaction of
having done our jobs and done them
well, the acknowledgment that comes
with the McNicoll Trophy makes this
even more gratifying."
McNicoll Trophy fitting
reward for 816 Squadron
BEST OF THE BEST: COMAUSFLT RADM Steve Gilmore (right) presents
the McNicoll Trophy to the Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron, CMDR
Shane Craig, at HMAS Albatross.
CORRECTING AN IMBALANCE:
Member contributions for Group
Rent Scheme and Living-in
Accommodation are set to rise.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
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