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Division 6 : ADF gap year – educational bonus

3.5.49 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to offer an educational bonus payment to members who complete the ADF gap year and rejoin the Permanent Forces after completing their education.

Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Permanent Forces may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7.

3.5.50 Definition of ADF gap year

In this Division an ADF gap year is a program up to 12 months in duration, for members of the Australian community who have completed their year 12 (or equivalent) education to experience military training and lifestyle.

See: Military Personnel Policy Manual Part 2 Chapter 4, Australian Defence Force Gap Year

3.5.51 Member eligible for bonus payment

  1. A member is eligible for a bonus payment of $10,000 under this Division if they meet all of the following conditions.

    1. The member successfully completed an ADF gap year before 1 January 2013.

    2. The member has re-enlisted or has been re-appointed to the Permanent Forces within five years of their ADF gap year.

    3. The member has completed qualifications in either of the following forms.

      1. Civilian trade training.

      2. Tertiary education.

  2. The member is still eligible for the bonus payment if they join a Service which is different to the one they joined to complete their ADF gap year.

3.5.52 Member's options for payment under this Division

The member must complete a bonus payment election using the form at Annex 3.5.J.

See: Annex 3.5.J, Bonus payment election