20 October 2009

Royal Australian Air Force takes action on special forces disability allowance

Today the Royal Australian Air Force announced it was taking action to resolve the Special Forces Disability Allowance ("SFDA") issue as quickly as possible. Recently, business rules guiding how the SFDA would be applied were still under development and some confusion at a number of levels as to actual entitlements led to incorrect application of the SDFA to Squadron Special Tactics Flight personnel.

Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence Bob Baldwin, MP (Liberal - Patterson, NSW) issued a press release, which can be found here.

"ADF personnel do not want, and certainly don't deserve, another Minister who follows in the footsteps of the former Minister of Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon," said Baldwin. "I want to know how much each member of 4 Squadron RAAF is owed, I want to know when they will be payed and I want to know why such a situation has been allowed to develop once more," Badwin said.

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, has directed resolution of the SFDA payment be undertaken as a priority. For further information the RAAF has issued a press release here.

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