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June 9, 2011
By LCDR Helen Walker and
SQNLDR Deanna Nott
A SURVEY designed to
gauge the effectiveness
of the Employer Support
Payment Scheme is being
sent to reservists, their
military supervisors and civilian
The Directorate of Employer
Support Payment Scheme (ESPS),
through Defence contractor Dipolar,
will contact a select group which
received employer support payments in
the financial year 2009/10 via email or
ESPS Director Doug Stedman
said the objective of the ESPS was to
enhance employer support for reserve
service, thus increasing the availability
of reservists to undertake Defence
"As with any government program
involving the expenditure of public
monies, it is important that we monitor
how well the program is achieving its
objectives," Mr Stedman said.
"This 10-minute survey will help us
measure the value of the reserve ser-
vice undertaken by reservists for which
ESPS payments were made.
"The survey will provide data on
issues like how employers find out
about the ESPS and where they go to
seek advice on ESPS queries."
The survey data will also assist
Defence staff and Defence Reserves
Support Council members involved
in the organisation of employer sup-
port activities, and in managing the
employment of reservists.
The information is safeguarded by
the Privacy Act.
sidy assistance under the
Defence Home Ownership
(DHOAS) is available to
reserve members who have complet-
ed an eight-year qualifying period
and who have accrued a service
credit under the scheme.
To qualify, active members of
reserve units must complete effec-
tive reserve service of at least 20 days
within a financial year.
The 20 days must include at least
one day of reserve service, with the
other days made up of either reserve
service, permanent service, continuous
full-time service or, in certain circum-
stances, required unpaid attendance.
Director Relocations and Housing
Alan McClelland said he was keen to
remind reservists that only effective
service was recognised under DHOAS
legislation for the purpose of determin-
ing a member's eligibility and the level
of subsidy entitlement.
"It is important for reserve mem-
bers to understand that if they fail
to render effective service, DHOAS
legislation determines that they effec-
tively stopped being a member of the
ADF for that entire service year," Mr
"Ineffective service can substan-
tially reduce the subsidy benefit -- or
cease it altogether.
"I urge all reserve members to be
mindful of this requirement."
He said if members believed that
Make your service count
exceptional circumstances prevented
them from performing effective ser-
vice as a reserve member, they may
still be able to have their service
deemed effective under Regulation
"Recognised exceptional circum-
stances include the correction of a
record-keeping error or where a ser-
vice-related medical condition made
the member medically unfit to serve
during the year.
"However, exceptional circum-
stances would generally not include
civilian employment or where service
was not offered.
"If seeking Regulation 20 consid-
eration, members must submit their
applications through their unit for
endorsement by their commanding
"After endorsement, applications
can then be submitted to the Director
General Personnel of Army, Navy or
Air Force as appropriate."
Mr McClelland said if members
had any concerns about their eligibil-
ity for a Subsidy Certificate, they
should review the scheme's website or
speak with a DHOAS consultant.
Comprehensive information about DHOAS
is available at www.dhoas.gov.au or by
calling 1300 4 DHOAS (1300 434 627)
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
LEGISLATION MATTERS: Reserve
members are being reminded about
the DHOAS subsidy requirements.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
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