If they haven’t already, your partner may need the details of and access to your accounts, including online access, their own credit or debit cards and becoming a main signatory. If you’re deployed internationally, there’s another layer of complexity ensuring your payments and accounts are set up properly for what you and your family need.
Find out more about overseas payments.
It’s also worth reviewing your other financial setups like your insurance policies to ensure your assets are covered properly. Some home and content policies, for example, become invalid if the property is vacant for an extended period - this isn’t anything you need to worry about with Defence Bank policies as they’re designed with the lifestyle of Defence members in mind.
Talk to one of our insurance advisers.
You’ll also need to prepare for every eventuality; this includes vital ADF admin such as organising next of kin via form AC989, having them registered in PMKeyS, setting up your will and informing the people in your life where important documents are kept. There are some other items that are often missed but no less important like your family knowing your wishes around organ donation and how to perform maintenance or reports on your property, or who they can contact in an emergency on their end.
They are topics a lot of us don’t want to think about, but that simply means we should.
Ensure your family is well taken care of with the help of a Defence Legal Officer who, along with other numerous helpful ADF resources, are there to help guide you through what can be a challenging time in the lead up to your deployment. This PDF checklist from the ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre is a great place to start.