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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS October 24, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
NOT all ADF personnel are eligible
for rent allowance at all times.
Assistant Director Military
Conditions and Housing Policy Bruce
Jackson said personnel were sometimes
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 members
to be vigilant of their situation.
"Members must report any change in
circumstance, no matter how minor the
change may seem."
For members without depend-
ants and those who are categorised as
members with dependants (unaccompa-
nied), rent allowance 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
For members with dependants
(MWD), rent allowance is approved
where the member does not own a suit-
able home in their posting location and
Defence Housing Australia is unable to
provide a suitable service residence.
Mr Jackson said Defence did not
meet 100 per cent of the MWD housing
need through service residences because
it would not allow people different hous-
ing 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 service
residence, thus allowing people with
specific requirements to find accom-
modation to suit their circumstances,"
Personnel receive the allowance into
their bank account at the same time
as their pay. The amount is listed on a
member's pay slip.
Rent ceilings are set for each locality
and are based on a yearly revaluation
of service residences in each posting
A member's rent ceiling can also be
increased based on the number of bed-
rooms a member requires, or where a
member can clearly demonstrate that a
suitable residence is not available to rent
at the specified ceiling.
"Defence sets the dollar range
for each rent band based on the rent-
al 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 it is
their responsibility to inform their chain
of command and DHA of any changes
that may affect their eligibility to receive
For more information, visit the Pay and
Conditions Manual website at http://intranet.
defence.gov.au/pac information on the allow-
ance can be found in chapter 7, part 6
LEUT Melissa Dowling
MORAN Division will be writ-
ten into the history books on
November 28 when the final
class of Moran recruits graduate
from Recruit School at HMAS
CO Recruit School CMDR
Aaron Nye said the coming grad-
uation would be significant and
memorable for the new recruits
who would become the final
Moran Division graduates, ahead
of the division's renaming.
"The 100 recruits, who
commenced their training on
September 16, should feel proud
to pass through the training
establishment under the banner
of Moran Division," CMDR Nye
Early next year, Moran
Division will be relocated to the
RAN College at Creswell, and the
Recruit School will be renamed
Rogers Division in honour of
CPO Jonathan Rogers.
CPO Rogers was killed on
February 10, 1964, in the colli-
sion of the aircraft carrier HMAS
Melbourne and HMAS Voyager.
CPO Rogers was posthumous-
ly awarded the George Cross for
"organising the escape of as many
as possible and encouraging ...
those few who could not escape ...
to meet death alongside himself
with dignity and honour."
To commemorate the history
of Moran Division, CMDR Nye
would like to extend an invitation
to all former Moran graduates
and staff to attend the gradua-
tion parade at Cerberus for intake
GE317 on November 28.
For further information contact LEUT
Melissa Cowling on (03) 5931 5808 or
Family helps unveil new
name of Taylor Division
SBLT Katherine Mulheron
FAMILY members of LS Ronald
'Buck' Taylor attended a nam-
ing ceremony on September 27 to
commemorate the renaming of the
building that will be home to many
future recruits starting their careers
as Taylor Division sailors.
Previously known as Rankin
Division in honour of LCDR Robert
William Rankin, who went down
with his ship HMAS Yarra II on
March 4, 1942, the title was offi-
cially passed to the new Taylor
Division, named in honour of LS
Taylor, who served under LCDR
Rankin on board Yarra II during its
The great nephew of LS Taylor,
Garry Taylor, spoke of his great
uncle's history and how proud the
family was of his actions and the
recognition being bestowed on their
"There are a number of Buck's
relatives that have worked tireless-
ly to achieve the respect, gratitude
and honour that our beloved brave
Buck and all aboard Yarra II rightly
deserve," Mr Taylor said.
CN VADM Ray Griggs and
Faye Huxley, LS Taylor's young-
er sister, jointly unveiled the new
name plaque identifying the Taylor
VADM Griggs noted the strong
support from both the Taylor family
and the Yarra Association.
"I've always thought it strange
that the divisions where we train
almost all our sailors here at Recruit
School were named after officers
and not sailors," he said.
"This was one of the things that I
could change, so it's very special for
me to be here.
"The Yarra story is well known
here at Recruit School through
Rankin Division and it will con-
tinue to live on through Taylor
During a graduation parade later
in the day, General Entry 315 was
the first Taylor Division to gradu-
ate.More than 400 family and
friends witnessed the occasion
and helped honour the bravery
and actions of those that served on
Yarra II with LCDR Rankin and LS
Yarra II is the first ship in the
RAN to be awarded a Unit Citation
CN closed his address by con-
gratulating the 90 new Taylor
Division graduates on becoming
sailors and becoming part of the
RAN's 100 years of loyal service to
Moran recruits to be last graduates
NEW BEGINNING: Recruits salute
(above) during the Last Post at the
Taylor Division naming ceremony at
HMAS Cerberus while LS Ronald
Taylor's sister, Faye Huxley, and CN
VADM Admiral Ray Griggs unveil the
new plaque (right).
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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