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Each year the APSC operates the Commonwealth Allowance Subscription Service (the Service) which provides subscribing Commonwealth agencies with suggested rates for a range of employment-related allowances. The Service uses an established and proven methodology to provide sensible and practical suggested rates for agencies on a cost recovery basis. 

Notices for the allowances are released from December through to June. Once available, the Notices are accessible through GovTEAMS. It is important to note that GovTEAMS does not permit the use of group email addresses, however it is encouraged that one be provided (if applicable) as a contact to ensure continuity of the Service.

The allowances included as part of the Service are:

Schedule of allowances

Allowance

Proposed Release Date

Notice 1 of the 6 for the 2019-20 Allowance Subscription Service

  • Motor Vehicle Allowance
  • Disturbance Allowance
  • Pet Relocation Expenses

20 December 2019

Notice 2 of the 6 for the 2019-20 Allowance Subscription Service

Temporary Accommodation Allowance

  • Temporary Accommodation Allowance - Officer contributions
  • Board and Lodging Allowance - Officer contributions
  • Temporary Accommodation Allowance - Rental ceilings (non-SES)
  • Temporary Accommodation Allowance - Rental ceilings (SES)

28 February 2020

Notice 3 of the 6 for the 2019-20 Allowance Subscription Service

  • Isolated Establishment Allowance
  • Cadet Book and Equipment Allowance
  • Tool Allowance

31 March 2020

Notice 4 of the 6 for the 2019-20 Allowance Subscription Service

  • Education Costs Allowance

30 April 2020

Notice 5 of the 6 for the 2019-20 Allowance Subscription Service

Travel Allowance – Annual Review

  • Overtime Meal Allowance
  • Travelling and Meal Allowance (non SES)
  • Travelling and Meal Allowance (SES)
  • Temporary Accommodation Allowance, Meal Foodstuffs, Incidentals

29 May 2020

Notice 6 of the 6 for the 2019-20 Allowance Subscription Service

Remote Locality Allowance

  • District Allowance
  • Camping Allowance
  • Camping Outlay Allowance
  • Antarctic Allowance

30 June 2020

Subscription fees

Fees for the Service are provided in the table below. They are also outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). These fees are based on the size of the agency (i.e. the number of employees in the agency) at 31st December in the previous financial year. Please note that fees may change on a yearly basis.

Fees for the Service

Number of staff

Subscription Fee

(*GST include)

Subscription Fee

(*GST excluded)

15,000 or more

$9,900.00

$9,000.00

5,000 -14,999

$7,700.00

$7,000.00

3,500 - 4,999

$5,500.00

$5,000.00

2,000 - 3,499

$3,300.00

$3,000.00

500 - 1,999

$2420.00

$2,200.00

100 – 499

$1540.00

$1,400.00

50 – 99

$770.00

$700.00

0 – 49

$385.00

$350.00

How to subscribe

To subscribe to the Service, agencies will need to read and complete the required sections within the MoU and return to AllowanceService [at] apsc.gov.au. The specific sections that require completion are:

  • Agency name and ABN (Cover and page 1)

  • Date of MoU (page 1)
  • MoU Signature page (page 7)
  • MoU Contact (page 9)
  • Nominees for receipt of the Service (page 11)
  • Allowance Subscription Service Tax invoice (page 12)

For further information on the Commonwealth Allowance Subscription Service, please email AllowanceService [at] apsc.gov.au or contact 02 6202 3981.

Last reviewed: 
2 December 2019