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Employing reservists: What you need to know

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HC Online | 25 Jun 2013, 12:02 AM Agree 0
Defence Force reservists don’t have it easy – they have to juggle not only their work and lives, but also a military identity. Employing a reservist, on the other hand, couldn’t be easier.
  • A | 25 Jun 2013, 03:07 PM Agree 0
    What is the current "average full-time weekly adult earnings"? I am looking into join the reserves and this information would be particularly helpful to have.
    Thanks in advance!
  • Cameron | 25 Jun 2013, 03:56 PM Agree 0
    Hi A,

    From the Defense services' website:

    ESPS payments are based on average weekly full-time adult ordinary time earnings (AWOTE), as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the payment rate applies for a 12 month period, commencing on 01 July each year.

    The standard ESPS full-time weekly payment rate for financial year 2012 / 13 is $1,345.20.

    Higher level payment rates may be authorised in the case of substantial financial hardship / loss, or claims under CDF Capability related Approvals.

    Unless the Reservist is also in full-time employment, ESPS payments are payable to employers of part-time employees on a pro rata basis.

    After the annual qualifying period has been completed, the employer is eligible to receive an amount equivalent to the AWOTE (or a pro rata amount for a part-time employee) for each completed week of eligible continuous Defence service. Partially completed weeks are also eligible for a pro rata payment where they adjoin completed weeks of continuous Defence service.

    Keep in mind this changes every financial year, so look out for an update next week!
  • Margaret | 25 Jun 2013, 04:00 PM Agree 0
    According to the ABS, as at November 2012 the full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings was $1 393.00

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