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ADF Member's Guide

Language allowance

You may get language allowance to encourage you and help you to maintain proficiency in a foreign language.

Who can get a language allowance?

You may get a language allowance if you are a member of the:

  • Permanent Forces
  • Reserves on continuous full-time service, or
  • Reserves on Reserve service.

When can I get a language allowance?

You may get a language allowance if you are:

  • working in a position where language skills are required, and
  • using your language skills in the position.

You may also get language allowance if you are not working in a position where language skills are required, but you have to be available at short notice.

How much language allowance can I get?

How much you get for your language skills depends on the language group.

It also depends on your proficiency level.

You usually get language allowance for one language only.

You may have learned a language at a place other than the Australian Defence Force School of Languages. You may get language allowance up to the intermediate level when you first qualify with this school.

You may get an annual or a pro rata allowance.

How often do I need to requalify?

You usually have to requalify at an interval of not more than three years.

You may be posted to a country where the language you get allowance for is the native language. You don't need to requalify from the start of your posting to one year after the end of that posting.

If you are an instructor at the Defence Force School of Languages, you don't need to requalify from the start of your posting to two years after the end of that posting.

You may get language allowance if you don’t requalify in a language, but work in a position where you use those skills.

You may have to repay some of your language allowance if you leave Defence within a year of getting the allowance.

More information about the language allowance and specific rates can be found in Chapter 4 Part 3 Division 1.


Important information

As the name suggests, this Member's Guide is designed as a guide to help you understand how your pay and conditions work. It is not a legal document. Therefore, if there is any conflict between the Member's Guide and Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of Service (and the Determinations made by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal), as compiled in PACMAN, PACMAN is the authority.

This Member's Guide does not incorporate or make provision for members on a flexible service determination.

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