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Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Benchmark schools and approved summer schools) Determination 2018 (No. 33)

I, JAY ANDREW CLARKE, Acting Assistant Secretary, People Policy and Employment Conditions, make the following Determination under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903.

Dated 9 August 2018

J A CLARKE

Acting Assistant Secretary
People Policy and Employment Conditions
Defence People Group

Contents


1 Name 3

2 Commencement 3

3 Authority 3

4 Schedules 3

1 4

Section 15.6.4 (Definitions) 4



1 5

Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 8 5

2 5

Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 9 5



3 5

Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 17 5

4 5

Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 36 5



1 7

Section 15.6.15 (Summer school costs) 7

15.6.15   Summer school costs 7

2 8


Annex 15.6.B (Approved summer schools), table 8

1 12


Summer schools – transitional provision 12

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT 13

Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Benchmark schools and approved summer schools) Determination 2018 (No. 33) 13


Schedule 3—Approved summer schools 5

Defence Determination, Conditions of service 2016/19 5

Schedule 4—Transitional provision 8
1 Name

This instrument is Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Benchmark schools and approved summer schools) Determination 2018 (No.33).

2 Commencement

This instrument commences on 9 August 2018.

3 Authority

This instrument is made under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903.

4 Schedules

Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.


Schedule 1Education assistance

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service
1
Section 15.6.4 (Definitions)




After "Compulsory tuition fees", insert:




Posting location

For the purpose of benchmark and approved summer schools the member's posting location is taken to be one of the following.

a.

If the member has been directed to live in Manhattan under section 15.1.6 — the posting location is Manhattan.

b.

If the member is posted to a city, or an establishment within a city, that is listed — the posting location is that city.

c.

If the member is posted to a city or establishment that is not listed but the country where the city or establishment is located is listed — the posting location is the country or 'country – other'.

d.

If the member is posted to a city, establishment or country that is not listed — there is no benefit for the location.


Schedule 2Benchmark schools

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service
1
Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 8




Omit item 8, substitute:




8.

France










– Cherbourg



Ermitage International School of France

Ermitage International School of France

– Paris

International School, Paris

International School, Paris

International School, Paris

– other

EPIM School, Aix-en-Provence

EPIM School, Aix-en-Provence

EPIM School, Aix-en-Provence



2
Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 9




Omit item 9, substitute:




9.

Germany










– Bremen

The International School of Bremen

The International School of Bremen

The International School of Bremen

– Hamburg

The International School of Hamburg

The International School of Hamburg

The International School of Hamburg

– other

Brandenburg Berlin International School

Brandenburg Berlin International School

Brandenburg Berlin International School



3
Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 17




Omit "elsewhere", substitute "other".
4
Annex 15.6.A (Benchmark schools), item 36




Omit "elsewhere", substitute "other".



Schedule 3Approved summer schools

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service
1
Section 15.6.15 (Summer school costs)




Omit section, insert:
15.6.15   Summer school costs

1.

A member is eligible for the reimbursement of an amount equal to the amount charged by a provider for a child who is a dependant to attend an approved summer school, or summer camp, listed under Annex 15.6.B for the posting location.

Exception: This section does not apply to summer camps in the USA, see Division 3 section 15.6.18.

2.

The benefit under this section is limited to either of the following periods.

 

a.

For approved summer schools in France — three weeks per year.

 

b.

For approved summer schools, or summer camps, in all other locations — four weeks per year.

3.

A member is not eligible to be reimbursed any of the following costs associated with summer school, or summer camp, incurred by the member, spouse, partner or child.

 

a.

Costs associated with stopovers, transport or travel.

 

b.

Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals during travel to or from the school.




c.

Optional activities that incur extra costs.


2
Annex 15.6.B (Approved summer schools), table




Remove the table, substitute:




Item

Posting location

Approved summer school

1.

Belgium

International School Brussels

2.

Cambodia

Northbridge International School of Cambodia

The Canadian International School

The International School of Phnom Penh


3.

China

Atelier Art School

Canadian International School of Beijing

Imagine China

Sports Beijing

That's Mandarin


4.

East Timor

Quality Schools International – Dili (excluding the daily program)

5.

France

- Cherbourg



École Des Roches, Paris

- other

American School, Paris

École Privées Internationales de Marseille (EPIM School),


Aix-en-Provence

International School, Paris

Centre International Privé pour l'Education ét la Culture (CIPEC), France

International Bilingual School of Provence (IBS), France



6.

Italy

American Overseas School of Rome, Rome

7.

India

American Embassy School, New Delhi

8.

Indonesia

Bandung International School

Bambino International Pre-school

Jakarta International School


9.

Japan

EtonHouse International School, Tokyo

Sacred Heart International School, Tokyo

Tokyo International School

Willowbrook International School, Tokyo



10.

Jordan

My Gym Summer School

11.

Korea

British International Kindergarten, Seoul

Seoul Club Summer Program, Seoul

Seoul Foreign School, Seoul


12.

Malaysia

International School, Kuala Lumpur




Item

Posting location

Approved summer school

13.

Philippines

British School, Manila

International School, Manila



14.

Spain:

- La Coruna/Ferrol



 

Colegio Eiris

Colegio Obradoiro Enforex


- Madrid

American School of Madrid

Centro Educativo Internacional El Jarama

Enforex Day Camp Summer Program

(See: Subsection 15.6.16.3)



- other

Enforex Day Camp Summer Program

(See: Subsection 15.6.16.3)



15.

Thailand

NIST International School

Noddy Playgroup

St Andrews International School




Schedule 4Transitional provision

Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service
1
Summer schools – transitional provision

1.

This section applies to a member who, prior to the commencement of this Determination, meets both of the following conditions.

 

a.

The member was posted to either of the following.







i.

A posting location in Cambodia, China or Philippines.







ii.

Cherbourg, France.




b.

On or after 29 May 2018 the member had a child who was a dependant and attended a summer school that is listed for the posting location in the following table.




Item

If the member is posted to...

then the approved summer school for the posting location is...

1.

Cambodia

Northbridge International School of Cambodia

The Canadian International School

The International School of Phnom Penh


2.

China

Atelier Art School

Canadian International School of Beijing

Imagine China

Sports Beijing

That's Mandarin


3.

Philippines

British School, Manila

International School, Manila



4.

Cherbourg, France

École Des Roches, Paris




2.

A member is eligible for an amount equal to the amount charged by the provider for the child's attendance at an approved summer school listed in the table at subsection 1.

3.

A member is not eligible to be paid any of the following costs associated with summer school incurred by the member, spouse, partner or child.

 

a.

Costs associated with stopovers, transport or travel.

 

b.

Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals during travel to or from the school.




c.

Optional activities that incur extra costs.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Benchmark schools and approved summer schools) Determination 2018 (No. 33)


This Determination amends Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service (the Principal Determination), made under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903 (the Defence Act) and in accordance with subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (AIA Act). Determinations made under section 58B of the Defence Act are disallowable legislative instruments subject to the Legislation Act 2003. These instruments are also subject to the interpretation principles in the AIA Act, as modified by section 58B of the Defence Act.

This Determination amends Chapter 15 of the Principal Determination which sets out provisions dealing with living and working on long-term posting overseas for members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

This Determination has the following purposes.


  • It provides a new definition of posting location for benchmark schools and approved summer schools.

  • It amends the benchmark school for Cherbourg, France.

  • It provides a new benchmark school for Hamburg, Germany.

  • It clarifies that education assistance benefits for summer schools, or summer camps, are intended to provide members with an equal amount of school holidays as if the children were still in Australia.

  • It amends the approved summer schools for Cambodia, China, Philippines and Cherbourg (France).

  • It removes the approved summer school for Pakistan.

  • It provides a transitional provision for members who were on a long-term overseas posting to Cambodia, China, Philippines or Cherbourg between 29 May 2018 and the commencement of this Determination to allow eligible members to be reimbursed for summer school fees.

Section 1 of this Determination sets out the manner in which this Determination may be cited.

Section 2 provides that this instrument commences on 9 August 2018.

Section 3 provides that this instrument has authority under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903.

Section 4 provides that each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.



Schedule 1 sets out amendments to education assistance.

Section 1 amends section 15.6.4 of the Principal Determination, which provides definitions for terms that are used within Chapter 15 Part 6. A new definition for posting location has been included for the purpose of benchmark schools and approved summer schools. A benchmark school or approved summer school may be provided for a specific location where a member is posted overseas, the country where the member's posting location is located, or there may be a number of schools for specific locations in a country. The new definition sets out which location, city or country, is to be used as the members posting location for benchmark schools and approved summer schools.



Schedule 2 sets out amendments to benchmark schools.

Sections 1 to 4 amend Annex 15.6.A of the Principal Determination, which provides the benchmark schools for overseas posting locations.

Section 1 amends item 8 of the Annex which lists the benchmark schools for France. The benchmark school for Cherbourg has been changed to the Ermitage International School of France. This change in school will allow the member's the flexibility to either continue the children's education at their current school, move the children to a private school which will allow outside assistance such as tutors, or move the children to Ermitage International School of France which has an English speaking program for students.

Section 2 amends item 9 of the Annex which lists the benchmark schools for Germany. A new benchmark school, The International School of Hamburg, has been included for Hamburg, Germany. This new location has been included in anticipation of ADF members being posted to Hamburg on the commencement of the Land400 Project.

Sections 3 and 4 amend items 17 and 36 of the Annex which list the benchmark schools for Malaysia and the USA, respectively. These items are being amended to substitute the term 'elsewhere' to 'other'. This will ensure that the new definition of 'Posting location' inserted by schedule 1 will work for these locations.

Schedule 3 sets out amendments to approved summer schools.

Section 1 omits and substitutes section 15.6.15 of the Principal Determination, which provides the reimbursement of costs for a member's dependent child who attends an approved summer school. The section is being amended to provide that a member is eligible to be reimbursed an amount equal to the amount charged by a provider for the child's attendance at an approved summer school, or summer camp, listed at Annex 15.6.B for the member's posting location. The benefit is payable once per year – for a maximum of three weeks if the member is in France or for a maximum of four weeks if the member is located elsewhere. Education assistance benefits for summer school costs are intended to provide members with an equal amount of school holidays as if the children were still in Australia. The entire section is replaced to provide clarity for the reader.

This section is clarified to provide that additional costs incurred by a member, which relate to their child's attendance at summer school, are not reimbursable. Such items include travel related costs, extra optional activities, accommodation, meals and incidentals.

The former subsection 4 set out when a member would not be eligible for reimbursement under the section has been removed for the following reasons.



  • Paragraphs a and d set out that the member would not be eligible for reimbursement if the dependent child was not eligible for education assistance under Division 2, or if the child attends school in Australia. Section 15.6.8 of Division 2 provides that a member is eligible for education assistance under the Division if a child who is a dependant attends school in the posting location. This means that a member who met the provisions set out in paragraph a or d would not be eligible for reimbursement of summer school costs as they do not meet the eligibility criteria under section 15.6.8.

  • Paragraphs b and c set out that the member would not be eligible for reimbursement if there was no approved summer school or if the child attended a summer school that was not listed in Annex 15.6.B. Subsection 1 states that the member would only be eligible for reimbursement if the summer school is listed in Annex 15.6.B, therefore these provisions are not required.

The former subsection 5 set out when a member would be eligible for reimbursement of costs when a child who is a dependant attended the Enforex Day Camp Summer Camp in Spain. This section has been removed as approved summer camps listed in Annex 15.6.B have been included as eligible for reimbursement of costs under subsection 1.

Section 2 omits and substitutes the table in Annex 15.6.B of the Principal Determination, which lists the approved summer schools. The following schools have been added to the table:



  • The Canadian International School, Cambodia.

  • The International School of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

  • Canadian International School of Beijing, China.

  • Atelier Art School, China.

  • Imagine China, China.

  • Sports Beijing, China.

  • That's Mandarin, China.

  • École Des Roches, Cherbourg.

  • British School, Philippines.

The summer schools that have been removed are:

  • American Employees Association (AEA) Summer Camp, China.

  • TimeEdu Summer Program, China.

  • Dulwich Community Program Summer School, China.

  • Islamabad International School, Pakistan.

  • Brent International School, Philippines.

The approved summer school of Islamabad International School, Pakistan, has been removed from Annex 15.6.B as Pakistan is designated as accompanied, spouse only, which means that a member is not eligible for Defence provided benefits for any children that accompany the member to Pakistan.

Schedule 4 provides a transitional provision for members who had a child attending an approved summer school.

Section 1 provides a transitional provision for members who were on a long-term overseas posting to Cambodia, China, Cherbourg (France) or the Philippines between 29 May 2018 and the commencement of this Determination. The transitional provision will allow a member to be reimbursed costs for their child attending a summer school for which the member has paid.



Consultation

The Defence Attaché Berlin and the Director Attaché and Overseas Management were consulted in the development of the changes in Schedule 1 of this Determination.

Navy, Army and Air Force were consulted in the development of the changes in Schedules 2 and 3 of this Determination.

The rulemaker was satisfied that further external consultation was not required.


Authority: Section 58B of the
Defence Act 1903

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

Defence Determination, Conditions of Service Amendment (Benchmark schools and approved summer schools) Determination 2018 (No. 33)

This Determination is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.



Overview of the Determination

This Determination amends Chapter 15 of the Principal Determination which sets out provisions dealing with living and working on long-term posting overseas for members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

This Determination has the following purposes.


  • It provides a new definition of posting location for benchmark schools and approved summer schools.

  • It amends the benchmark school for Cherbourg, France.

  • It provides a new benchmark school for Hamburg, Germany.

  • It clarifies that education assistance benefits for summer schools, or summer camps, are intended to provide members with an equal amount of school holidays as if the children were still in Australia.

  • It amends the approved summer schools for Cambodia, China, the Philippines and Cherbourg (France).

  • It removes the approved summer school for Pakistan.

  • It provides a transitional provision for members who were on a long-term overseas posting to Cambodia, China, Cherbourg (France) or the Philippines between 29 May 2018 and the commencement of this Determination to allow eligible members to be reimbursed for summer school fees.

Human rights implications

The protection of a person's right to care for dependants
The protection of a person's right to care for dependants engages Article 10 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Article 10 guarantees the widest possible protection and assistance to families, including their responsibility for the education and care of dependent children. The approved summer school and education assistance provisions in this Determination advance the rights under Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Article 13 recognises the right of everyone to education.
Defence provides a range of benefits to members posted overseas to assist members and their families to not suffer a disadvantage because of the requirement for the member to live and work overseas. Summer schools are nominated to assist families during school holidays by assisting with the amount of education assistance to be reimbursed to members for their children's education whilst posted overseas. This Determination provides benchmark schools for Cherbourg, France and Hamburg, Germany, and approved summer schools for Cambodia, China, Cherbourg (France) and the Philippines.
Conclusion

This Determination is compatible with human rights because to the extent that it may limit human rights, those limitations are reasonable, necessary and proportionate.


Jay Andrew Clarke, Acting Assistant Secretary People Policy and Employment Conditions

Ref18-190


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