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• CSD reporting now extended to all uniformed members - permanent
and reserve. (CDF Directive 18/2012 provides policy guidance re use
• The new aspect of CSD is that 'self-claimed' skills and experience can
be recorded (ie not only formal qualifications) so your hobbies/skills
or language skills can now be included (if potentially of use to the
ADF eg carpentry).
• CSD includes:
- Self-claimed skills (a wide range of skills are listed from which
- Self-claimed language skills (languages acquired without
- Professional Registrations and Licences
- Membership of Professional Organisations
- Civil Education Qualifications
- Civilian Employment Details/History (reser vists and regulars)
• Access CSD data via PMKeyS (usual authorisations required)
Skills in Defence
For more information: go to DGRES-AF website, CSD section.
For questions or help: email the CSD helpline (include your PMKeyS number): ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
The purpose of Civil Skills Data (CSD) is to improve visibility of the full range of member skills and experience, so as to increase
opportunities for both the ADF and the individual.
Army September 26, 2013
Healthcare for families
Family members of full-time ADF personnel can now have health services reimbursed
Cpl Nick Wiseman
REIMBURSEMENT of basic
healthcare including allied
health and specialist services
such as dental and optical will
be available for families of all
permanent and reserve mem-
bers on continuous full-time
service from January 1 next
The program will reimburse
an unlimited amount of gap
expenses for visits to a General
Practitioner and up to $400 per
family member for allied health
and specialist services. This can
be transferred between family
members and combined to cover
more expensive services.
Director General Strategic
Health Coordination AirCdre
Tracy Smart said about 71,000
ADF dependants would be eligi-
ble to benefit from the program
when it began.
"Since 2009 Defence has
been conducting a trial into
improving access to healthcare
for ADF dependants in eight
regional and remote locations,"
AirCdre Smart said.
"A thorough evaluation of
the trial was completed in early
2012 which identified the most
effective model for delivery of
"The trial has been well
received and appreciated by the
Defence families involved, and
revealed overwhelming support
for the national roll out of the
Despite all dependants of
ADF members being eligible
for the program, families must
sign up and be recognised on
PMKeyS before claims can be
The program has been
designed to allow families to
continue using any local services
in the community they already
might be using anywhere around
Members and their fami-
lies who use the service need
to know that benefits claimed
are reportable fringe benefits
and it is recommended to seek
financial advice before claiming.
There are some fact sheets on
the ADF Family Health website
that may also be of assistance.
AirCdre Smart said Defence
families faced a number of chal-
lenges, some unique to service
"This program clearly dem-
onstrates recognition of these
challenges and the service and
sacrifices made by ADF person-
nel and their families," she said.
HOW IT WORKS
Any general practitioner (GP) can be used and the
remaining gap, after Medicare rebate, can be claimed
through this program.
There is no limit to how many visits to GPs a family
member can have or limit to the amount of gap payment.
Services must have a Medicare Benefits Schedule item
number to be eligible.
Family members should pay the fee at time of service,
claim the Medicare rebate and then claim the gap
through the ADF Family Health Program.
Claims can be lodged by form or an online portal.
The gap payment should be received within two busi-
ness days of receipt -- subject to provision of required
Allied Health and Specialist
Each family member will be allocated $400 each
This amount can be transferred between family
Most claims will be able to be processed on the spot
electronically by using the ADF Family Health Card.
Eligible services include:
Podiatry / Chiropody
Check up: ADF families can now be reimbursed for a range of
healthcare and specialist services under a plan to begin at the
start of next year.
Photo by LACW Nicci Freeman
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