The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA), together with its partners in the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO), condemns the Government not only for its disappointingly low annual pay increase of 1.5% per annum over the next three years but now adding to that pain just before Christmas by imposing married quarter rent increases up to 4.2% to take effect from early 2015. Increase of up to 2.5% will be applied to the charges imposed on those ADF members living in Barracks.
There seems to be a total lack of transparency in the way Defence calculates its charges imposed on ADF members, particularly since these increases appear significantly more than Defence House Authority itself charges Defence.
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17 December 2014
GOVERNMENT'S CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO ADF FAMILIES - HIGHER RENTS & CHARGES
Only weeks after providing a paltry 1.5% pay increase to members of the ADF, the Government is now imposing charges for some married quarter rents well above the 1.5% .........exactly what the Defence Force Welfare Association and ADSO feared would occur.
As a Christmas present to the ADF, Defence has imposed married quarter rent increases up to 4.2% to take effect from early 2015, in addition charges imposed on members living in barracks will increase by up to 2.5% for lower standards.
"This is a total betrayal by the Government to members of the ADF and their families", says DFWA's National President and ADSO's National Spokesperson David Jamison. "Not only do they grudgingly provide a pay increase that is less than CPI and therefore an effective pay cut, but they then impose charges on ADF members and their families that are higher than the 1.5%. We also contend that there is a lack of transparency in the way Defence calculates its charges imposed on ADF members which needs to be addressed".
"What makes it worse is that for some ADF families, the Defence increase is significantly more than the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) increase charged to Defence." How can that be justified?" David asks.
"I ask the Minister to immediately review the proposed increases to ensure any Government imposed charges on members of the ADF are fair and raised by no more than the recent 1.5% pay rise, and for rent increases to be no more than the DHA percentage increase. It's the very least they should do" he concluded.
'Fair Go' Campaign Co Directors
Ted Chitham (0418) 733 887 Alf Jaugietis (0438) 282 284
ADSO National Spokesman - David Jamison (0416) 107 557
ADSO comprises The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA), Naval Association of Australia (NAA), RAAF Association (RAAFA), Royal Australian Regiment Corporation (RARC), Australian Special Air Service Association (ASASA), Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association (APPVA), Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA), Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Service Men and Women and Partners of Veterans Association of Australia.
This is part of a letter I sent to my Federal MP Sussan Ley.
It was bad enough that the Gov't tied the defence force pay to 1.5% p.a. and took leave entitlements off servicemen & women; but now I read that the accommodation cost for married quarters & living-in accommodation is to rise much higher than the pay increase. If this country is in so much economic trouble I expect our Government should show some leadership and lead from the front by taking cuts in MP's & Senators remuneration & allowances. It is immoral to cut the remuneration of soldiers etc who can't exercise the democratic right of withdrawal of their labour (Strike) and have no say in their recompense for risking their lives when their leaders (the Government) protect and increase their income by a higher percentage.