DEFENCE TO CONDUCT A RESERVE CALL OUT IN RESPONSE TO NATIONAL EMERGENCIES

Defence will conduct a validation activity for a selective Call Out of Reservists to ensure Australia has increased capacity to support state, territory and volunteer agencies in responding to large-scale emergencies of national significance and prolonged periods of civil emergency or disaster.

Under legislation, a Call Out of Reserves can be initiated in response to a range of emergencies such as civil aid, humanitarian assistance, medical or civil emergency or disaster relief.

Around 20 Reservists drawn from all three Services have volunteered for the late November activity to ensure the appropriate processes and procedures for Call Out personnel are understood, and that internal Defence mechanisms to rapidly transfer a Reservist to continuous full-time service are practiced.

Defence will ensure that the hundreds of Reservists around Australia who are employed by emergency response agencies or volunteer organisations, such as the State Emergency Service (SES) or Rural Fire Service (RFS) will be exempt from the Call Out.

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Remuneration and conditions of service.  Members subject to the call out will be SERCAT 3 to 5 on SERVOP C (CFTS) and as such will be eligible for associated remuneration and conditions of service. Salary and superannuation will be payable for all personnel; and Service Allowance will be payable for members below the rank of LTCOL(E). Taxation will be applied. Some conditions will be determined based on individual circumstances and subject to meeting specified eligibility criteria. Any questions regarding remuneration and conditions of service should in the first instance be directed to the command chain or to housing.policyinquiry@defence.gov.au

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