ESPS: Employer Support Payment Scheme

Claims can be lodged online commencing 04 July 2016

Important information for lodging a claim online 

Prior to lodging a claim online:

  • An Employer or Self-Employed Reservist is required to have a valid AUSkey or myGov account (linked to a valid ABN).
  • Register for an AUSkey or myGov account.

When lodging a claim online:

  • Supporting evidence/documents :
    • are not to be greater than 5MB in size
    • are in pdf file format

Queries related to

  • AUSkey or myGov contact 1300 AUSkey (1300 287 539)
  • Online Claims System contact 1800 001 696.

Notice: Defence Determination 2012/68 provides the rules for payments under the Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS). Changes to this Determination commenced operation on 1 December 2014. A number of the eligibility requirements for payments have been updated. Guides have been prepared detailing the changes.

For employers

Guide for Employers -1 December 2014

For self-employed Reservists

Guide for self-employed Reservists – 1 December 2014

The ESPS provides financial assistance to eligible employers of Reservists and self-employed Reservists, when the Reservist is absent on eligible periods of Defence service.

For full-time employees, ESPS payments are made at a set weekly rate equivalent to average weekly full-time adult ordinary time earnings (AWOTE). The FY 2016/2017 payment rate is $1499.30 per week. A pro-rata payment may be made for a part-time employee.

When a period of Reserve service that is eligible for ESPS payments spans Financial Years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, payment for that period will be calculated on a proportional basis using both old and new AWOTE rates.

ESPS Claim Forms

There are four ESPS claim forms:

2 Standard claim forms - for employers of Reservists and self-employed Reservists

2 Special claim forms - for employers of Reservist health professionals and self-employed Reservist health professionals

Standard claim forms

For employers

AD138-1 Claim Form for Employers

For self-employed Reservists

AD138-2 Claim Form for Self Employed Reservists

Special claim forms

For employers of a Reservist health professionals

AD138-3 CDF Approval for Medical, Dental, Nursing or Allied Health Officers - Employer's Claim Form

For self-employed Reservist health professionals

AD 138-4 CDF Approval for Medical, Dental, Nursing or Allied Health Officers - Claim Form for Self Employed Reservists

How to make a claim

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Where to Submit

With the exception of special claim forms by Army Reservist health professionals all claim forms should be submitted to ESPS staff in the Service (Navy, Army or Air Force) to which your Reservist belongs.

Special claim forms for service by Army Reservist health professionals should be submitted to the ESPS Directorate.

Address details for ESPS staffs in the Services

NAVY

Send claims to

Navy ESPS Officer
Level 25, Defence Plaza
270 Pitt St
SYDNEY NSW 2001

ARMY

Send claims to ESPS area responsible for the area in which the Reservist is serving

Reservist serving in … ESPS Staff
Australian Capital Territory & Queensland ESPS Clerk
Career Management -Army
BP 29-31, Brindabella Circuit
PO Box 7980 Canberra BC ACT 2601
New South Wales ESPS Clerk
Career Advisory Group - Eastern Region
Victoria Barracks
Oxford Street
PADDINGTON NSW 2021
South Australia, Western Australia or Northern Territory ESPS Clerk
Career Advisory Group - Central Western Region
2nd Floor - Building 34A
Keswick Barracks
Anzac Highway
KESWICK SA 5035
Victoria or Tasmania ESPS Clerk
Career Advisory Group - Southern Region
F Block - Victoria Barracks
256 - 310 St Kilda Road
SOUTHBANK VIC 3006


AIR FORCE

Please send all Air Force claims (inc. CDF (Health) Approval) are to be sent to:

DGPERS-AF ESPS Sectio>
Building 361
RAAF Base Amberley QLD 4306

Guides on recent changes

1 December 2014 Changes

Changes to Defence Determination 2012/68 commenced operation on 1 December 2014. A number of the eligibility requirements for payments have been updated. Guides have been prepared detailing the changes and explaining how they will apply to claims.

For employers

Guide for Employers -1 December 2014

For self-employed Reservists

Guide for self-employed Reservists – 1 July 2012

Note: Changes that were made on 1 July 2012 and retained in January 2013 will only appear in the 1 July 2012 Guides.

Defence Determination

The Defence Determination is the legislative basis for the Employer Support Payment Scheme.

Current Defence Determination

The current Defence Determination commenced operation on 1 December 2014.

Defence Determination (2 December 2014 compilation)

Note: The eligibility rules in the previous Determination still apply to Defence service before 1 January 2013 (as a result of a transitional provision in the current Determination).

Previous Defence Determinations

For Defence service undertaken before 1 December 2014, a version of the former Defence Determination will apply.

TitleDate SignedCovers service from (see Note)
Defence Determination 2014/55 25 Nov 14  
Defence Determination 2012/68 (10 Apr 14 compilation)    28 Mar 14 - 30 Nov 14
Defence Determination 2014/14 28 Mar 14  
Defence Determination 2012/68 (25 Oct 13 compilation)   1 Jul 13 - 27 Mar 14
Defence Determination 2013/33 1 Jul 13  
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2012/68 14 Dec 12 1 Jan 13 - 30 Jun 13
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2005 (1 Jul 12 compilation)   1 Jul 12 – 31 Dec 12
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination Amendment 2012 (No.1) 20 Jun 12  
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2005 (26 Oct 11 compilation)   1 Sep 11 – 30 Jun 12
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2005 Amendment 2011 (No.1) 12 Oct 11  
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2005 (15 Oct 07 compilation)   15 Oct 07 – 31 Aug 11
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2005 Amendment 2007 (No.1) 12 Sep 07  
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2005 (16 Sep 05 compilation)   1 Sep 05 – 14 Oct 07
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2002 Amendment 2005 (No 1) 12 Sep 05  
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2002 (1 Jul 03 compilation)   1 Jul 03 – 31 Aug 05
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2002 Amendment 2003 (No 1) 17 Jun 03  
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2002 8 Aug 02 5 Jun 01 – 30 Jun 03
Defence (Employer Support Payments) Determination 2001 5 Jun 01  

Note: In some cases, Amendment Determinations included transitional provisions under which service after an amendment date was considered under an earlier Determination, as long as the service had commenced prior to the amendment date.

FAQs

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Contact details

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Contacts

ESPS Help line: 1800 803 485

Fax: (02) 6127 4784

Email: esp@defence.gov.au


Last update: Friday, 1 July 2016