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ADF Legal Officer Career Management


DFRT Decisions and Determinations

Decisions and Determinations of the Defence Force Remuneration Trubunal (DFRT) that affect the Legal Officers' Specialist Officer Career Structure (LOSOCS) are set out below.

In February 2000, the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT) approved the introduction of the Legal Officer’s Specialist Career Structure (LOSOCS) from 16 March 2000.

To access the February 2000 DFRT Decision and Determination click on the appropriate link below.


In December 2003 the DFRT made amendments to the rates of salary for legal officers with effect from 1 January 2004.

To access the December 2003 DFRT Decision and Determination click on the appropriate link below.

In June 2004 the DFRT approved changes to the LOSOCS in relation to CL advancement requirements, including changes to the requirements for advancement to CL5 and the recognition of Reserve Legal Officers with Specific Qualifications with effect from 1 July 2004. The DFRT also approved transitional arrangements. 

To access the June 2004 DFRT Decision and Determination click on the appropriate link below.

On 31 August 2005, the DFRT inserted a new pay point for CL1 at the 0-3 rank and amended the pay point for legal officers at CL1, who are on higher duties or temporary duty only. The DFRT also approved no-detriment provisions for legal officers currently on HDA. There is no separate DFRT decision.
On 23 November 2012 the DFRT approved changes to the LOSOCS with effect 31 January 2013 relating to the introduction of LL-A and LL-B for reserve legal officers, the removal of fixed tenure, additional salary increments for LL4 officers, the removal of pay points which are no longer in use, changes to the LL advancement requirements (with a one year transition period) and the excision of O07 and O08 legal officers from LOSOCS, who will now be managed under the Senior Officer Graded Structure.

On 24 January 2013 the DFRT approved an amendment to the Trainee Allowance to provide a trainee salary for members undertaking postgraduate practical legal training.


On 16 May 2013 the DFRT approved an amendment to the Salaries Determination to provide salaries for Senior Legal Officers.


On 23 Jul 14 the DFRT approved an amendment to the Salaries Determination to provide transition arrangements for Reserve Legal Officers.