Food allowance assists certain members who live out to meet additional food expenses.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied) who lives out is eligible for food allowance.
1. The member is paying the fortnightly meal charge.
See: Section 7.9.6, Fortnightly meal charge rate
2. A member posted to a seagoing submarine who is eligible for submarine food allowance.
See: Section 7.9.12, Eligibility and rate of submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine
The fortnightly rate of food allowance is $200.45.
Exception: A member on a flexible service determination
If a member is on a flexible service determination, the rate of food allowance is $20.05 for each day in the member's pattern of service up to the fortnightly rate specified under subsection 2.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied) is not eligible for food allowance during any of the following periods.
A period longer than a day during which the member is provided by the Commonwealth, one or more of the following.
One or more meals.
An allowance, other than food allowance under this Division, to purchase meals.
An amount to purchase meals.
A period of leave which exceeds one week.
Exception: The member remains in the posting location while on medical absence granted under Chapter 5 Part 3, Medical absence from duty.
A period the member is eligible for temporary accommodation allowance and has not occupied a serviced apartment for more than one week.
A period which the member is on a long-term overseas posting.
Note: This section does not apply to submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine.
A member is eligible for submarine food allowance if all of the following circumstances apply.
The member is posted to a sea going submarine.
The member is categorised as one of the following.
A member without dependants.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied).
The member is eligible for Rent Allowance or Member Choice Accommodation.
The member is not receiving food allowance under section 7.9.10.
See: Section 7.9.10, Eligibility and rate of food allowance
The fortnightly rate of submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine is set out in the following table.
|Item||If the member is...||the fortnightly rate is ($)...|
|1.||provided with lunch at Commonwealth expense||
|2.||any other member||
Related information: Part 4 Division 6, Members posted to seagoing ships and nuships.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.