In order to support national disaster relief efforts, the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has issued a Call Out Order: Operation CIVIL ASSIST
This means that all ADF Reserve personnel, directed by the Chief of Defence Force, will be required to report to their ADF unit to undertake continuous full-time service.
Operation CIVIL ASSIST is in effect from 28 November 2019 to 07 December 2019.
This service is protected under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001, and your employee must be released from their civilian employment without being compelled to use any type of paid or unpaid leave during the period of service.
In order to assist with the costs associated with the absence of your employee during this period of Defence service, you may apply to receive payments under the Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS).
In most cases the weekly rate is $1,604. 90 for a full-time employee. For medical specialists this rate will be higher.
To increase access to these payments during this period of mandated Defence service, the following provisions have been set aside:
For all ESPS claims:
- The annual qualifying period of two weeks unpaid service each financial year has been waived.
For employers claiming ESPS payments for their employee:
- The minimum period of employment (three months) has been waived.
For self-employed Reservists claiming ESPS payments during this absence:
- The self-employed member’s business does not need to provide the member’s principal source of income or principal source of employment for the previous 12 months’.
For more information on the Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS), please refer to the Important Links on the right hand side of this page.
To lodge a claim for the ESPS, please refer to the Important Links on the right hand side of this page.
For more information on the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001, please refer to the Important Links on the right hand side of this page.
Last update: Friday, 29 November 2019