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Division 1: Definitions

A.1.9    General

  1. The Acts Interpretation Act 1901and the Defence Act 1903 contain definitions of other terms that may apply.

Examples:

  1. The Defence Act 1903 defines member, officer, remuneration, the Permanent Force and the Reserves.
  2. The Acts Interpretation Act 1901 specifies how to work out periods of time and defines some commonly used words, including Australia, month, calendar year, financial year and the Commonwealth.
  1. This table defines terms used in this Determination. 
General definitions

Term

Definition

ADF

Means the Australian Defence Force.

CDF

Means the Chief of the Defence Force. This includes reference to another person that the CDF authorises to act on their behalf.

continuous full-time service

Means service performed by these two groups of members.

a.    Members of the Permanent Forces.

b.   Members of the Reserves who are undertaking a period of continuous full-time service directed by the CDF.

employment category

Means a Service-specific job classification applied to a Defence member. It may refer to a trade, specialisation, mustering, primary qualification, corps or skill.

enlisted rank Has the same meaning as in Section 6 of the Defence Regulation 2016, as in force from time to time.

Flexible service determination

Means a determination made under subsection 23(2) of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

Force

Means either the Permanent Forces or the Reserves of the ADF.

increment

Means an advancement through the salary band for a rank, based on the passing of time.

member

Has the same meaning as in section 58A of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

Nonworking period

A nonworking period under a flexible service determination that applies to a member that is not the member’s pattern of service.

officer

Has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

Other rank

Means a sailor, soldier or airman who holds a rank specified in items 15 to 21 of the table in Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

Pattern of service

Means the hours of duty or the periods of duty prescribed under a flexible service determination.

pay grade

Means the pay grade under which is listed the employment category and any additional requirements applicable to the member's rank in the following schedules:

a. Officer, Schedule B.2.

b. Warrant Officer Class 1, Schedule B.9.

c. Other Rank member, Schedule B.11.

rank

Means a rank (and any corresponding rank) provided in Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

rate

Includes a scale of rates.

Reserve service

Means a period of service that is other than continuous full-time service.

senior officer

Means an officer who holds a rank specified in items 1 to 5 in Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

Service Warrant Officer

Means a member who holds a rank specified in item 13 of the table in Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

SM

Means a submarine service qualification and skill.

Exceptions:
a. A member who has the rank of Rear Admiral in the Navy, or a higher rank.
b. A member who is a medical or dental officer with the rank of Commander in the Navy, or a higher rank.

TAG

Means the Tactical Assault Group qualification and skill.

unpaid leave

Has the meaning as in Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, as in force from time to time.

See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1, section 1.3.77A (Unpaid leave), Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service.

Warrant Officer Class 1

Means a member who holds a rank specified in item 14 of the table in Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903, as in force from time to time.

A.1.10    Flying terms

The following descriptors are used in relation to a member's employment category or classification.

Flying position definitions
Term Definition

Fly 0

Means the member has no liability to fly.

Note: For Air Force, this may apply to an Other Rank member who is commissioning to Officer, if the member is commissioning to a non-flying specialisation.

Fly 0-2

Means a member with flying experience of less than 2 years.

Fly 2-4

Means a member with flying experience of 2 years up to 4 years.

Fly 4-6

Means a member with flying experience of 4 years up to 6 years.

Fly 6-8

Means a member with flying experience of 6 years up to 8 years.

Fly 8-10

Means a member with flying experience of 8 years up to 10 years.

Fly 10+

Means a member with flying experience of 10 or more years.

A.1.11    Officers

  1. This table defines terms used in Part B Division 2, Schedule B.2 Part 2 (Navy). 
Officer definitions - Navy
Term Definition

ADQUAL

Means any of the following.

1. Either a maritime warfare officer or a maritime combat officer, with any of the following additional qualifications.

a.    Fighter Controller.

b.    Communications Information Warfare.

c.    Navigation (maritime warfare officer only).

2. A principal warfare officer who has a Force Warfare qualification and one of the following additional qualifications.

a.    Air Warfare.

b.    Amphibious.

c.    Communications Information Warfare.

d.    Mine Warfare.

e.    Navigation — (maritime warfare officer only).

f.    Surface Warfare.

3. Either pilot or maritime aviation warfare officer with any of the following additional qualifications.

a.    Aero-Systems Qualified.

b.    Aviation Warfare Officer.

c.    Helicopter Warfare Instructor.

d.    Flying Instructor.

e.    Helicopter Instructor.

f.    Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Instructor.

g.    Test Pilot.

Under Training

Means under training for a primary qualification.

Note: This description does not include a trainee paid under Schedule B.13 of this Determination.

Former Warrant Officer

Means a member who held a rank specified in item 13, 14 or 15 of Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903 and to whom section B.2.5 applies.

Exception: A member in the Navy in the aircrew employment category at pay grade 6.

Basic

Means either of the following.

a.  For an maritime aviation warfare officer — Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Rotary Course qualified.

b.  For a pilot — Pilot Rotary Course qualified.

Intermediate

Means either of the following.

a.  For maritime aviation warfare officer – Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Rotary Course qualified plus further two years flying experience

b.  For a pilot  – Pilot Rotary Course qualified plus further two years flying experience

Highly Proficient

Means either of the following.

a.  For an maritime aviation warfare officer – Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer Rotary Course qualified plus a further five years flying experience.

b.  For a pilot – Pilot Rotary Course qualified plus a further five years flying experience.

  1. This table defines terms used in Part B Division 2 and Schedule B.2 Part 3 (Army).
Officer definitions - Army

Term

Definition

Competency Level 2

Means graduation from Army Helicopter School.

Competency Level 3

Means attainment of Army Aviator Basic Qualification.

Competency Level 4

Means attainment of Army Aviator Intermediate Qualification.

Competency Level 5

Means attainment of Army Aviator Highly Proficient Qualification.

Competency Level 6

Means attainment of Army Aviator Advanced Qualification.

  1. This table defines terms used in Part B Division 2 and Schedule B.2 Part 4 (Air Force).
Officer definitions - Air Force
Term Definition

Competency Level 2

For Officer Aviation, means graduation from initial employment training.

Air Traffic Control — Legacy, Grade 1

Competency Level 3

Means either of the following classes of member:

a.   For Officer Aviation (including First Appointment Instructor Pilot Scheme), excluding air traffic control employment categories — attainment of Battlespace Command and Control Basic qualification; or

b.   For air traffic control employment categories — attainment of initial primary air traffic control endorsement.

Air Traffic Control — Legacy, Grade 2

Competency Level 4

For Officer Aviation (including First Appointment Instructor Pilot Scheme), excluding air traffic control employment categories — attainment of Battlespace Command and Control Intermediate qualification.

Competency Level 5

Means either of the following classes of member:

a.   For Officer Aviation (including First Appointment Instructor Pilot Scheme), excluding air traffic control employment categories — attainment of Battlespace Command and Control Highly Proficient qualification.

b.   For air traffic control employment categories — attainment of either of the following.

i.   initial primary training officer standard.

ii. a supervisor endorsement.

Air Traffic Control — Legacy Grade 3

Competency Level 6

Means either of the following classes of member.

a.  For Officer Aviation (including First Appointment Instructor Pilot Scheme), excluding air traffic control employment categories — attainment of Battlespace Command and Control Advanced qualification.

b.   For air traffic control employment categories — attainment of one primary endorsement in each of tower and radar elements, and any of the following.

i.   Two training officer standards in two primary endorsements.

ii. Two supervisor endorsements.

iii. An Air Traffic Control Instructor qualification.

Air Traffic Control — Legacy Grade 4

Officer Aviation

Means a member in any of the following employment categories.
  1. air battle management,
  2. airborne electronics officer,
  3. air mobility officer,
  4. air traffic control,
  5. fast jet pilot,
  6. fixed wing pilot,
  7. maritime patrol and response officer,
  8. weapon systems officer, or
  9. related specialists structures.

A.1.12    Specialist officers

This table defines terms used in Part B Division 3

Specialist officer definitions
Term Definition
Air Force Officer Aviation member Means a member who meets all of the following conditions.
  1. The member is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force who holds a rank between Pilot Officer and Group Captain, inclusive.
  2. The member is placed in one of the Officer Aviation Pay Structure pathways.
  3. The member is placed in one of the Officer Aviation Pay Structure streams.

approved category

Means any of the following categories.
a. Medical
b. Dental
c. Legal
d. Chaplain

aviation specialist

Means a member who meets all the following conditions.

a.   The member holds the rank of Captain or Major or, a higher rank approved by the member's Service Chief.

b.   The member is placed in the aviation specialist stream.

c.   The member is not subject to a period decided by CDF under Defence Regulation 2016, which the member must complete in relation to initial training, qualification or appointment.

aviation specialist stream

For a member of the Army — means an aviation pilot category selected to become a streamed aviator as a result of high skill sets that are deemed enhanced capability.

compulsory medical residency

Means training in a hospital undertaken by a medical officer as a condition of entry into the medical profession. This does not include a year for which salary is payable to the member as a trainee.

dental level

Means the competency level relevant to a dental officer. There are two parts to the dental level (DL) number.

a.    The first number in a dental level (for example "DL2") indicates the level of qualification and skill.

b.   The second number (for example"-3") indicates the increment level the member has achieved.

dental officer

Means a member who is eligible to be registered as a dental practitioner under the law of a State or Territory and who meets either of the following conditions.

a.    The member is serving in a health branch of the ADF.

b.   The member is serving in another position that has been approved by the CDF for career management purposes, for a maximum period of three years.

In considering whether to approve a position under paragraph b, the CDF will have regard to the following.

a.    The duties the officer with perform in the position.

b.    The relevance of the duties to the officer's responsibilities as a dental officer.

c.    The career progression of the officer within the dental or health stream.

legacy employment category Means the relevant of the following.
  1. For air traffic control employment categories — an officer for whom any of the following apply.
    1. The member is in an air traffic control employment category.
    2. The member is under training for an air traffic control employment category.
    3. The member is paid under the Air Traffic Controller system prior to 1 October 2009.
    4. The member was paid under the joint battlefield airspace controller system between 1 October 2009 and 3 May 2018.
  2. For officer aircrew categories — an officer for whom any of the following apply.
    1. The member has been offered employment within an officer aircrew category.
    2. The member is under training for an officer aircrew category.
    3. for whom any of the descriptors listed in the table of section A.1.10 are included in the classification of any Part in Schedule B.2 prior to 1 October 2009.

legal level

Means the competency level relevant to a legal officer. There are two parts to the legal level (LL) number.

a.    The first number in a legal level (for example "LL2") indicates the level of qualification and skill.

b.   The second character may be either:

i.   A number representing the increment.

ii.  An alphabetic character representing the specialisation.

legal officer

Means a member of a specialist career structure who meets both of the following conditions.

a.    The member is admitted as a barrister or solicitor of the High Court or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory.

b.   The member has been appointed as a legal officer.

It does not include a member who is any of the following.

a.    A Judge of the Federal Court.

b.   A Judge of a Supreme Court of a State or Territory.

c.    Any other office holder to whom salary is payable under a determination made under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

medical level

Means the competency level relevant to a medical officer position approved for a member under section 3.2.47 of Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, as in force from time to time. There are two parts to the medical level number.

a.    The first number in a medical level (for example "ML2") indicates the level of qualification and skill.

b.   The second number (for example"-3") indicates the increment level the member has achieved.

medical officer

Means a member who is a registered medical practitioner under the law of a State or Territory and who meets either of the following conditions.

a.    The member is serving in a heath branch of the ADF.

b.   The member is serving in another position approved by the CDF for career management purposes, for a period of less than three years.

In considering whether to approve a position under paragraph b, the CDF will have regard to the following.

a.    The duties the officer will perform in the position.

b.   The relevance of the duties to the officer's responsibilities as a medical officer.

c.    The career progression of the officer within the medical or health stream.

specified qualification

Means the member holds a qualification described in paragraph 3.2.42.b of Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of service, as in force from time to time.

See: Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 4, Specialist Officer – increment and competency arrangements

Persons who can make the decisions under section A.1.12, definitions of dental officer and medical officer, on behalf of the CDF:
Director Navy People Career Management Agency
Director General Navy People
Director Officer Career Manqagement – Army
Director General Army People Capability
Director Personnel – Air Force
Director General Personnel – Air Force

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances approved by the Tribunal.



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