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Additional contribution

An additional contribution payable under section 21, 64, 87, 89 or 93.

Annual rate of pay

In relation to a member of the Defence Force on a particular day, means the amount, that, under the regulations, is the annual pay applicable to the member on that day.

Authority

The Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority established by section 8.

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Benefit

Pension benefit, and includes a lump sum payment under subsection 32(2) or section 48 and a refund of contributions under section 56.

Board

The Commonwealth Superannuation Board of Trustees No. 1 established by section 20 of the Superannuation Act 1990.

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Child

In relation to a deceased member of the scheme, includes:

A) a person who:

  1. is an ex-nuptial child of the member; or
  2. is, immediately before the member's death, a stepchild, an adopted child, a foster child or a ward, of the member; or
  3. was, immediately before the member's death, someone who would have been the stepchild of the member except that the member was not legally married to a spouse who survives the member; or
  4. is a child of the member within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975; and

B) a person who: 

  1. is a child or ex-nuptial child of a spouse who survives the member; and
  2. was wholly or substantially dependent upon the member at the time of the member’s death.

C) a person who: 

  1. is, within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975, a child of a spouse who survives the member; and
  2. was wholly or substantially dependent upon the member at the time of the member's death

 

Child (within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975)

In relation to a person who has died, includes children who are:

  • born to a woman as the result of an artificial procedure while that woman was married to, or was a de facto partner of another person (whether of the same or opposite sex); and
  • children of a person because of an order of a State or Territory court made under a State or Territory law prescribed for the purposes of section 60HB of the Family Law Act 1975 giving effect to a surrogacy agreement.

Child's pension

Pension payable under Division 2 of Part VI.

Commissioner for Superannuation

The Commissioner for Superannuation under the Superannuation Act, and includes an acting Commissioner for Superannuation under that Act.

Contributing member

A member of the Defence Force who is making, or is required to make, or, but for section 18 or 18A, would be required to make, contributions under section 17.

Contributions

 

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Contributions payable under section 17, and includes any additional contributions or previous contributions.

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Date of commencement of the scheme

1 October 1972.

Defence (Parliamentary Candidates) Act

The Defence (Parliamentary Candidates) Act 1969 or the Defence (Parliamentary Candidates) Act 1969-1973.

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Eligible child

A person who:

A) is the child of a deceased member of the scheme who died while he was a Contributing Member or of a deceased Recipient Member; and

B) is a person who has not attained the age of 16 years or:

  1. has attained the age of 16 years but has not attained the age of 25 years;
  2. is receiving full-time education at a school, college or university; and
  3. is not ordinarily in employment or engaged in work on his own account.

Eligible member

 

 

 

Of the Defence Force means: 

A) a member of the Defence Force who:

  1. is serving on continuous full-time service under an appointment or engagement, or under a re-appointment or re-engagement, for a period of not less than one year; or 
  2. is serving on continuous full-time service, being service that is continuous with previous continuous full-time service that was, or included, service under an appointment or engagement, or under a re-appointment or re-engagement, for a period of not less than one year; or

B) a member of the Defence Force: 

  1. to whom paragraph (a) does not apply; 
  2. who is serving on continuous full time service; and 
  3. who, immediately before commencing to serve, was a Recipient Member, was a member of the scheme to whom deferred benefits were applicable under section 78, was a person who was in receipt of, or but for a suspension of his pension under section 53A or 53B of the previous Act, would have been in receipt of, a pension under the previous benefits scheme (being a pension to which he became entitled on retirement from the Defence Force) or was a person to whom deferred benefits were applicable under section 82ZB of the previous Act; but does not include:

C) a person who, under section 5A, is excluded from this definition;

D) a person to whom section 90 applies and who does not make an election under that section; or

E) a person who has ceased, or is taken to have ceased, under section 134 or 138 to be an eligible Member of the Defence Force.

Eligible orphan

An eligible child who is an orphan, and includes an eligible child who is not an orphan but who is in the custody, care and control of, and is wholly or substantially dependent on, a person other than a person to whom widow’s pension is, or was at any time, payable.

Existing contributor

 

 

 

 

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A person who:

A) immediately before 1 October 1972 was making, or was required to make, or, but for subsection 4AA(2), paragraph 23(5)(b) or (c), or subsection 36(1), of the previous Act, would have been required to make, contributions to the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Fund under the previous legislation; and

B) on that date, without having ceased to be on continuous full-time service, became an eligible member of the Defence Force for the purposes of this Act.

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Fortnightly rate of pay

In relation to a member of the Defence Force on a particular day, means an amount calculated in accordance with the formula: (14 x A)/365 where A is the annual rate of pay applicable to him on that day

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Invalidity benefit

Invalidity benefit under section 26

Invalidity pay

Invalidity benefit consisting of invalidity pay

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Marital or couple relationship

Two persons of the same sex or opposite sex who are living together as husband, wife or partner on a permanent and bona fide domestic basis for a continuous period of at least three years

Member of the Defence Force

Does not include a person who is a member as defined by subsection 3(1) of the Defence Force (Papua New Guinea) Retirement Benefits Act 1973

Member of the scheme

A person who is, or at any time on or after the date of commencement of the scheme, has been, an eligible member of the Defence Force

MSB scheme

The superannuation scheme established under the Military Superannuation and Benefits Act 1991

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Officer

 

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A member of the Defence Force who is an officer for the purposes of the Defence Act 1903-1970

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Partner

A person (the same sex or opposite sex of the Member) who is in a couple relationship with the Member

Pension benefit

Retirement pay, invalidity pay, widow’s pension or child’s pension

Period of effective service

In relation to a member of the scheme, means:

A) any period commencing on or after the date of commencement of the scheme during which he is an eligible member of the Defence Force, less any period included in such a period that:

  1. I. is a period of non-effective service in relation to him; or
  2. II. is a period that, under section 57 or 58, is to be disregarded as a period of effective service in relation to him; and

B) any period that is deemed to be a period of effective service in relation to him under section 21, subsection 62(3) or section 64 or 91.

Period of non-effective service

In relation to a member of the scheme, means a period that, under section 6, is deemed to be a period of non-effective service in relation to him

Permanent Forces

The Permanent Navy, the Regular Army and the Permanent Air Force

Previous Act

The Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1948 or that Act as amended and in force from time to time before 1 October 1972

Previous benefits scheme

The retirement benefits scheme provided for in the previous legislation

Previous contributions

In relation to a person, means contributions made by him under the previous legislation, less any such contributions refunded to him under the previous legislation or (except for the purposes of Part X) under section 86 of this Act

Previous legislation

The previous Act, and includes any other Act relating to retirement benefits for members of the Defence Force that came into operation before 1 October 1972 and modifies or affects the provisions of the previous Act

Productivity superannuation benefit

In relation to a member of the scheme, means productivity superannuation benefit payable in respect of the member under the determination made by the Minister under section 52 of the Defence Act 1903

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Rank

In relation to a member of the Defence Force, means:

A) his substantive rank or, if he is appointed provisionally or on probation, the rank to which he is so appointed; or

B) if he is provisionally promoted to another rank—that other rank.

Recipient member

A member of the scheme who is entitled to retirement pay or invalidity pay, and includes:

A) a member of the scheme who, but for the suspension of his or her invalidity pay under subsection 35(3) or 61D(2), would be entitled to invalidity pay; and

B) a member of the scheme who, but for the suspension of his or her retirement pay under subsection 61C(1), would be entitled to retirement pay.

Reserve

A) in relation to a member of the Navy—the Naval Reserve; and

B) in relation to a member of the Army—the Army Reserve; and

C) in relation to a member of the Air Force—the Air Force Reserve

Retirement

Retirement as a member of the Defence Force, and includes discharge from the Defence Force, and retire has a corresponding meaning

Retirement pay

Retirement pay payable under section 23

Rules for the administration of the Superannuation (1990) Scheme

 

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The rules for the administration of that scheme set out in the Schedule to the deed by which that scheme was established

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Service

Services as a member of the Defence Force

Service offence

Has the same meaning as in the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982

Spouse

In relation to someone who survives a deceased person, is a person of the same sex or opposite sex who had a marital or couple relationship with a member or pensioner at the time of their death

Spouse pension

Pension payable under Division 1 of Part VI

Superannuation Act

The Superannuation Act 1976

Superannuation (1990) Scheme

The Superannuation Scheme established by deed under the Superannuation Act 1990

Surcharge debt account

In relation to a member of the scheme, means the surcharge debt account kept for the member by the Authority under section 16 of the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997

Surcharge deduction amount

In relation to a member of the scheme to or in respect of whom benefits become payable under this Act, means the surcharge deduction amount that is specified in the determination made by the Authority, under section 6C, in relation to the member

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Total period of effective service

 

 

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In relation to a member of the scheme, means, subject to subsections 62(4) and (5):

A) in the case of a member in relation to whom there is only one period of effective service—that period; or

B) in the case of a member in relation to whom there are 2 or more periods of effective service—a period equal to the total of those periods.