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PROMOTING MILITARY JUSTICE
Army November 12, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
NEW contribution rates for living-in
accommodation were announced on
October 16 with increases and decreas-
es in rates based on the standard of
The adjustments to LIA contributions
were scheduled for 2008 but were post-
poned until a re-evaluation of living-in
accommodation could be completed.
Rates are based on 50 per cent of the
assessed rental value for levels 3, 4, and
5 accommodation and 40 per cent for
levels 1 and 2.
Big increases across the board are
for soldiers moving into new Level 5
accommodation at places like Gallipoli
Director Housing and Removals
Policy Robert McKellar said the revalua-
tion reflected both private-sector rental
growth and Defence work on living-in
accommodation throughout Australia.
"More Level 5 accommodation has
become available and some refurbish-
ment has also been done. These improve-
ments in quality have contributed to the
increased rental valuations for the higher
levels of accommodation on-base," Mr
"Where there has been a decline in
the average rental value, for some Level 1
and 2 accommodation, that has also been
passed on to members through reduced
He said the market rent approach pro-
vided fair and realistic rates that deliv-
ered a workable solution for both mem-
bers and Defence.
"The Defence People Committee
has decided that the LIA contribution
adjustment cycle will be brought into
line with timing of the Group Rent
Scheme (GRS) adjustments for service
residences," he said.
Item If the member's
and they are
then their contribution to living-in
accommodation each week is ($)...
1 Major or higher
47.20 53.00 73.87 81.73 106.50
2 Captain or lower
officer rank (other
47.20 53.00 73.87 81.73 88.75
one other person 23.60 26.50 36.93 40.86 44.38
two other people 15.73 17.67 24.62 27.24 29.58
11.80 13.25 18.47 20.43 22.19
four or more
3 Sergeant or higher
rank, warrant officer
42.00 47.43 66.79 77.35 88.75
one other person 21.00 23.71 33.39 38.68 44.38
two other people 14.00 15.81 22.26 25.78 29.58
10.50 11.86 16.70 19.34 22.19
four or more
4 Corporal or lower
37.11 39.78 60.56 72.57 84.59
one other person 18.56 19.89 30.28 36.29 42.29
two other people 12.37 13.26 20.19 24.19 28.20
9.28 9.94 15.14 18.14 21.15
four or more
entry recruit during
one other person
two other people
four or more
6 Normal entry recruit
during basic recruit
LIA contributions as at November 26
THE Defence Service
Scheme (DSHIS) is
now offering home and
contents insurance to
permanent and reserve
members eligible for
the Defence Home
This follows recent
changes to the Defence
Service Homes Act to
support Defence's home
loan subsidy scheme.
Members do not
have to hold a DHOAS
Subsidy Certificate or
home loan to purchase
the insurance cover; they
need only to meet the eli-
gibility requirements of
DSHI offers both
home and contents insur-
ance, and policyholders
can take out cover on any
home they own, including
holiday and rental homes.
The scheme is admin-
istered by the Veterans'
Affairs Department and
provides contents insur-
ance policy through QBE.
For further information, contact
DSHI on 1300 552 6662 or visit
"As a result, the next LIA indexation
adjustment will occur in July-August
2010. A further indexation adjustment
will occur at the same time as the annual
GRS adjustment in March-April 2011."
Revaluations are conducted every
three years by the Australian Valuation
Office (AVO) to compare the standard,
amenity and location (along with other
factors) with that available in the private
Contribution rates are adjusted annu-
ally between revaluations using an index
created by the AVO for that purpose.
Information on ADF pay and conditions, includ-
ing contributions for LIA, is available from http://
intranet.defence.gov.au/pac/ or www.defence.
Key adjustments: A re-evaluation
has produced new LIA rates.
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