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Division 1 : Class of air travel

13.2.4 Member this Division does not apply to

This Division does not apply to these members.

  1. Members who hold the rank of Colonel or lower, travelling to, on or from a deployment.

    See: Chapter 17 Part 3 section 17.3.2, Class of air travel – warlike and non-warlike deployments

  2. Members who travel in an aircraft owned or chartered by the Commonwealth. The travel arrangements are as provided on board the aircraft.

  3. Groups of members who hold the rank of Colonel or lower, travelling together by commercial air service on operations, exercises, training or to perform ceremonial duties. These groups are eligible for travel economy class.

    Example: A class of members on an overseas study tour, or members of a ceremonial party or military band.

    Exception 1: A member with the rank of Brigadier may choose to travel in business class.

    Exception 2: The CDF may approve a higher class of travel for a class of members on an overseas study tour. The CDF must consider the costs and benefits of travel at the higher class, the members' rank, and the nature of the study tour.

See also:
Chapter 12 Part 1 section 12.1.2, Member Chapters 12 to 16 do not apply to
Part 1 section 13.1.3, Member this Chapter does not apply to

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 13.2.4.c, exception 2, on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
A person not below MAJGEN(E)/SES Band 2 who is a Group Head.

13.2.5 Special travel requirements

A member has special travel requirements if both these conditions are met.

  1. A doctor certifies them as pregnant at the time of travel.

  2. Their actual travel time in an aircraft is longer than five hours.

13.2.6 Class of air travel for short-term duty

  1. If a member is required to travel by air on short-term duty overseas, then they are eligible for travel in these classes.

    1. Business class, if available.

    2. First class, if business class is not available and they hold the rank of Brigadier or higher.

    3. Economy class, if business class is not available and they hold the rank of Colonel or lower.

    4. First class, if business class is not available on a USA domestic carrier for travel between Hawaii and the USA mainland.

    Note: A member may choose to travel at a lower class than the class they are eligible for. However, they cannot be directed or pressured to do so.

  2. This section applies to all these kinds of travel.

    1. Overseas from Australia.

    2. Domestically within a foreign country.

    3. Between foreign countries.

    4. Within Australia on flights that are directly associated with the member's overseas travel.

      Example 1: A member is eligible to fly business class from Sydney to South Africa. The flight goes from Sydney to Perth to Johannesburg. An international aircraft operates the entire route. The member is eligible to fly business class the entire trip.

      Example 2: A member posted in Melbourne is authorised to attend a conference in London. As part of the preparation, the member must attend a meeting in Perth immediately before travelling from Perth to London direct. The travel from Melbourne to Perth is treated as part of the overseas travel under this Division.

13.2.7 Downgrading the class of air travel

A member must not downgrade their class of air travel or depart from their approved itinerary for personal or financial gain.

13.2.8 CDF discretion for first class air travel

  1. The CDF may upgrade a member to first class for special reasons. This can happen where a member is not eligible for first class air travel under paragraph 13.2.6.1.b.

  2. When making this decision, the CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. The standards of hygiene and amenities that the class of air travel would otherwise provide. This includes both at the airport in and the air.

    2. The member's health.

    3. The time of year the travel is happening.

    4. The length of the journey.

    5. If any duties are being performed during travel.

    6. If part of a delegation, its size and structure, and any need to conduct business during travel.

    7. If the member is travelling with someone for duty, that person's status and class of air travel. This includes travel with senior government officials.

      Examples:
      Parliamentary delegations.
      Ministers.
      The CDF.
      The Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
      Service Chiefs.
      Secretaries of Departments.

  3. If the member might be subjected to discrimination during travel, as defined by the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

  4. Any other factor relevant to the travel.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 13.2.8.1 on behalf of the Secretary/CDF:
Integrated Travel Solutions Director

Application to Reservists: Yes.




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