|Title:||Defence Force Leave and Defence Force Employer Support Payments for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Staff|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0122/12|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 22 June 2012|
|Description:||Defence force reserves policy statement and increases to some payment rates for health defence reservists.|
|Period of effect:||from 15 December 2011 to 31 December 2013|
|Review date:||31 December 2013|
|Authorised by:||Marshall Warner, Director, Health Industrial Relations Service, 20-Jun-2012|
|Print version:||View print version|
Defence Force Leave and Defence Force Employer Support Payments for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Staff
This circular replaces OP 2097/06 Defence Force Leave and Defence Employer Support Payments for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Staff.
On 15 December 2011, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) issued Circular No. 14 of 2011. This circular provides notification that the Policy Statement on Defence Force Reserves has been reviewed and updated, and now incorporates the Guidelines which were established in Commerce’s previous circular on Defence Force Reserves.
The review has not impacted on employee entitlements when undertaking Defence service.
Entitlements relating to Defence service, Reserves training leave and/or military leave provided for in awards and/or agreements continue to apply, subject to compliance with the Policy Statement.
Reservists are to receive the greater of the entitlements under the Policy Statement or the relevant industrial award and/or agreement.
For further information on the effect of Defence service on employment entitlements, and superannuation, the Circular and Policy Statement can be accessed at:
Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESP)
The ESP was introduced to provide payments to eligible employers to assist in offsetting the cost of releasing Reservists for Defence Service. The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) provides approval for higher level Employer Support Payments (ESP) for specified doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health officers. The most recent CDF Approval is effective from 1 January 2009. Further information regarding the CDF Approval is available at http://www.defencereservessupport.gov.au/
Who Can Claim
Under the CDF Approval, the employer of a medical, dental, nursing or allied health officer in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves who is within one of the specialisations listed in the Payment Rates table at Attachment A can claim. If the Reservist is in a multiple employment arrangement (e.g. employed in a public hospital and also with a private practice), both the Reservist and the hospital can lodge a claim.
What Service Is Eligible
Eligible service under the CDF Approval includes:
The Reservist must have been released to undertake the Defence service. If the Reservist is on annual leave, long service leave or any form of accrued leave entitlement, no ESP is payable in respect of those days.
If the Reservist performs work for the business during the period of Defence service (except emergency work or work authorised in writing by the Reservist’s commanding officer or branch head), no ESP is payable in respect of those days.
Employers must complete claim form AD 138-3 and attach:
The claim form for higher-level payments under the CDF Approval should be submitted directly to:
The Director ESP Scheme
Further details are available on the Department of Health Defence Support website at: www.health.wa.gov.au/defence_support/home/reserves.cfm
This circular last updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2012 at 1:45pm