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Army December 8, 2011
LOOKING through the Toll Transitions
website today, it was heart-warming
to see that Toll recently received the
"Commitment to Excellence -- Platinum
Award" from the Cartus 2011 Global
Network Conference. Well done Toll.
Is this a different Toll Transitions? The
one that I know is the one that lost my stuff
and won't pay for it or bother to find it?
The one that sent a sub-standard company
to my house totally unprepared and late?
The same one that many diggers unhappily
wrote to Army about earlier this year?
Cartus have obviously never had
a removal "taken care of" by Toll
As a Toll Transitions customer, I'm not
convinced that this award was warranted.
2 Cdo Regt
Toll Transition's industry award queried
AFTER recently serving onboard
HMAS Manoora I have become
aware of a glaring disparity in the
conditions of service between Navy
and Army personnel, with the latter
The disparity pertains to the pay-
ment of Seagoing Allowance and Field
Pacman Volume 1, Chapter 4, Part
3, Div 11 and 4 provide guidance for
the payment of Seagoing and Field
Allowance respectively. Each states
that the allowance is paid to compen-
sate for working long hours in uncom-
fortable conditions, the inability to use
leisure time effectively, and a lack of
Despite the identical justification
for the allowances, the actual payment
arrangements for each could not be
Seagoing Allowance is paid fort-
nightly as part of normal salary and
allowances for the duration of a post-
ing to a seagoing ship, irrespective of
whether or not the vessel is actually at
sea. The allowance is paid even if the
vessel is alongside in its home port for
an extended period such as for main-
tenance or block leave, including over
After hours duties performed while
alongside in a home port are compen-
sated for by the payment of Service
Allowance, as for the other services
(Pacman Volume 1, Chapter 4, Part 2).
Seagoing Allowance is consider-
able -- $11,758 a year for a sailor with
less than three years' cumulative sea
service up to $28,289 a year for 11 or
more years' cumulative sea service.
In contrast, Field Allowance is paid
per day spent in the field, with two
rates paid based upon the level of dis-
ability experienced, being $53.65 or
$31.48. Upon return to barracks, the
payment ceases immediately.
Furthermore, it is notable that
when serving in the field, the RSM
of an Army unit receives exactly the
same daily rate of Field Allowance as
the unit's most junior soldier.
Unlike Seagoing Allowance, no
consideration is made for "cumulative
field service" when determining the
payment levels of Field Allowance.
Pacman provides no explanation for
the considerable difference in payment
arrangements for these allowances,
despite the identical payment justifi-
cation. If the relevant authority could
please explain the reason for this dis-
parity it would be greatly appreciated.
Maj Scott Lymbery
Amphibious Task Group
Potts Point, NSW
Director Military Salaries and Allowances,
Capt Angela Bond, Responds:
SEAGOING Allowance and Field
Allowance are two of the disability
allowances within the ADF salary-
related allowance structure.
Disability allowances are paid to
compensate members for such things
as curtailment of home contacts, work-
ing and living conditions, working
hours and exposure to hazards.
Field Allowance is an on-occur-
rence allowance which is paid to mem-
bers as compensation for the uncom-
fortable living and working conditions
experienced during field service. The
allowance is paid where members are
Disparity: Sailors receive Seagoing Allowance on a fortnightly basis when posted to a ship, even when the ship
is in its home port, whereas soldiers receive Field Allowance on a daily basis only for the days spent in the field.
required to undertake duty and live in
the field without access to the facili-
ties ordinarily available in barracks or
Seagoing Allowance is paid to ADF
members posted to a seagoing ship to
compensate for the conditions inher-
ent to living and working onboard a
naval vessel. These elements include
particularly uncomfortable conditions,
exceptionally long hours, the inability
to use leisure time effectively; and the
curtailment of home contacts.
The additional tiering of Seagoing
allowance is to compensate for the
cumulative impact of the disabilities
associated with serving at sea over the
These two allowances share a num-
ber of disability components as their
foundation, including long and irregu-
lar hours of work, difficulties involved
in working at night, uncomfortable liv-
ing and working conditions, and loss
of communications with families.
The cumulative tiering of seago-
ing allowance recognises the unique
nature of seagoing duty. The disabili-
ties associated with seagoing are regu-
larly endured for extremely long peri-
ods without the opportunity for respite.
As an on-occurrence disability
allowance, Field Allowance does not
address, nor is it intended to address,
cumulative disability. It is designed to
address the disability encountered by
ADF members at the time when they
undertake field service.
Defence, with input from the ser-
vices, constantly reviews these allow-
ances to ensure that they continue to
meet service needs.
at the Cartus
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