|Title:||Defence Force Leave and Defence Employer Support Payments for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Staff|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 2097/06|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 24 August 2006|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Advice regarding Defence Force Leave and Defence Employer Support Payments for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Staff.|
|Applicable to:||State Wide|
|Period of effect:||from 24 August 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Neale Fong, Director General, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 24-Aug-2006|
|Print version:||View print version|
Defence Force Leave and Defence Employer Support Payments for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health Staff
This circular replaces OP 1960/05 Defence Force Reserves – DOCEP Circular No. 5 of 2005.
On 19 May 2005, the Department of Consumer and Employee Protection (DoCEP) issued Circular No. 5 of 2005. This circular sets the minimum standards for Defence Force Leave across the public sector. Where there is a difference between this circular and the employee’s applicable award or agreement, the better entitlement is to apply.
The circular provides for:
The circular also details the effect on employment entitlements whilst employees undertake service with Defence Force Reserves.
Contracts of employment and continuity of service of civilian employment are unbroken during periods of ordinary Reserve service and accruals towards all employment entitlements continue.
In respect to CFTS (Continuous Full Time Service in the regular ADF, which is voluntarily rendered by Reservists), contracts of employment are unbroken, however service is considered continuous for the purposes of incremental progression and long service leave accruals only.
Annual Leave and Sick Leave entitlements will accrue with the ADF during periods of CFTS.
If Reservists elect to use annual leave and/or long service leave credits for the purposes of defence service or part thereof, this leave is to be treated as normal paid leave.
For further information on the effect of Defence service on employment entitlements, and superannuation, the DOCEP circular 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) has recently signed a new Approval for higher level Employer Support Payments (ESP) for specified doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health officers. This Approval is effective from 1 June 2006 (see Attachment A). The new Approval incorporates some significant changes to the previous arrangements.
Who Can Claim
Under the CDF Approval, the employer of a medical, dental, nursing or allied health officer in the ADF Reserves, who is within one of the specialisations listed in the Payment Rates table attached, 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 claim.
What Service Is Eligible
Eligible service under the CDF Approval has been considerably widened. It now 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 direct to:
The Director ESP Scheme
Further details are available on the Department of Health Defence Support website at: http://www.health.wa.gov.au/disaster/defence_support/policy.cfm
Dr Neale Fong
This circular last updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006 at 11:49am