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Army December 8, 2011
DHA has started issuing its authorised
contractors with ID cards to make it
easier for members and their families to
Authorised DHA contractors will be
issued with the cards over the next few
months, and it's important that personnel
check their IDs before providing the con-
tractor with access.
For more information on the identifica-
tion cards or DHA contractors, contact
DHA through a housing management cent
WITH the peak posting period fast
approaching, DHA has updated its
Tenant Handbook, which is now
making its way into Defence family
The new-look handbook is more
concise with three core sections on
moving into, living in and vacating a
It provides information for Defence
families on organising utilities in a new
residence, making modifications, main-
tenance and inspections. It also features
a contacts page and checklists to help
with moving into and out of a service
DHA's Guide to Rent Allowance has
also been updated and provides infor-
mation about renting properties in the
private rental market.
Both publications are available from
housing management centres or online
The Tenant Handbook will be pro-
vided in welcome packs.
Check the ID
DHA handbooks updated
ID cards are
the ID before
with access to
TIME is running out to have a say on
accommodation assistance options,
with the Pay and Conditions accom-
modation survey due to close on
Defence is reviewing Member with-
out Dependants (MWOD) and Member
with Dependants Unaccompanied
(MWD(U)) accommodation assistance
to ensure future accommodation solu-
tions meet the requirements of eligible
members and the ADF.
The survey on the type of on-base
and off-base accommodation assistance
and facilities provided to MWOD and
MWD(U) categorised members is avail-
able on the DRN Pay and Conditions
home page under ADF News at http://
Members are encouraged to com-
plete the survey to help shape the
future direction of accommodation
options for members categorised as
MWOD and MWD(U).
Have a say: The accommodation
assistance survey is available from
the Pay and Conditions DRN site.
A NEW mathematics and physics training program
will soon be available for soldiers who want to
improve their knowledge for either personal or
The new interactive mathematics and physics pack-
ages are designed to enhance soldiers' foundation skills
in preparation for formal technical training.
DGPers-A Brig Gavan Reynolds said the new initia-
tive recognised the importance of upskilling the Army's
"Army has long recognised the value of its per-
sonnel and strongly encourages soldiers to consider
alternative careers within Army rather than electing to
separate," he said.
Brig Reynolds said the packages would improve the
success rate of personnel transitioning to new employ-
ment categories, particularly the technical trades.
"The package has been designed to enable soldiers
to achieve the prerequisite mathematics and/or physics
knowledge for a specific technical employment cat-
egory, or a soldier may elect to cover all topics within
the package," Brig Reynolds said.
"I encourage the chain of command to support
soldiers who may be interested in completing the math-
ematics or physics package."
The two mathematics modules are due for release
soon. The physics module is due for release mid next
year. All modules will be available either online via
Campus or as stand-alone DVDs available through
trade transfer warrant officers in regions or directly
from the Army Learning Production Centre.
brush up on
Wise up: Maths and physics training packages
will soon be available free to soldiers.
MOST members who
received the $10,000 rank
retention bonus as a major,
captain, sergeant or corporal
in 2008 may become eligible
for the $30,000 rank com-
pletion bonus payment from
March 1 next year.
Members who accepted the
bonus offer incurred a four-year
"undertaking to serve" (UTS)
obligation. Acquittal of the
initial 12 months UTS for the
retention bonus is not affected
by unpaid absences.
DGPers-A Brig Gavan
Reynolds said members should
be aware of factors that would
affect the awarding of a rank
completion bonus payment.
"With the exception of leave
without pay of 20 days or less,
the final three years UTS for
the completion bonus must be
acquitted on full pay," he said.
"Leave at half pay, leave
without pay of 21 days or more
and unpaid disciplinary related
absences are not effective ser-
vice for completion bonus pur-
"Other obligations, such as
the return of service obligation
or the Army and Air Force tar-
geted pilot retention bonus can
result in suspension of the UTS
start date, end date or both."
Brig Reynolds said time
served in a rank lower than
what the retention bonus was
paid for would also not count
as effective service for comple-
tion bonus purposes.
"Members who do not
acquit their final three-year
UTS by the scheme end date
on June 30 will be eligible for a
pro-rata payment for the part of
the completion bonus acquitted
as effective service," he said.
"However, members who
voluntarily separate from the
ARA or are terminated for rea-
sons within their control are not
eligible for any amount of the
"Members who were
acquitting an MSBS Retention
Benefit undertaking for further
service obligation on March 1,
2008, or commenced acquit-
ting the undertaking before
completing the rank comple-
tion bonus UTS, are also not
eligible for any amount of the
Brig Reynolds said a series
of regional briefing sessions
would be delivered in February
"Members will have the
opportunity to raise eligibil-
ity queries in an extended ques-
Briefing dates and venues are pub-
lished on the DGPERS-A DRN home-
page. For more information go to the
DRN e-MPA website at http://intranet.
Due date: Personnel who took rank retention bonuses in 2008
may be eligible for their rank completion bonuses next year.
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