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Part 3: Conditions of service – overview

17.3.1 Introduction

The ADF pay structure comprises a basic salary supplemented by work-related allowances. The basic salary, determined by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal, compensates a member for peacetime work. For United Nations or other multi-national force deployments, a special conditions of service package compensates members for additional hardships that they are likely to experience.

17.3.1A Conditions of service

Conditions of service depend on the nature of service (warlike or non-warlike) and the length of the deployment. This table is a summary of the conditions of service that apply.

Conditions of service
Item Conditions of service
Type of deployment
warlike < 6 months warlike > 6 months non-warlike < 6 months non-warlike > 6 months
1. Removal and storage within Australia
N
Y
N
Y
2. Reimbursement for extra risk insurance expenses
Y
Y
Y
Y
3. Deployment allowance
Y
Y
Y
Y
4. Separation allowance
Y
Y
Y
Y
5. Tax exemption (s.23AD, Income Tax Assessment Act 1936)
Y
Y
N
N
6. Possible exemption from taxation (s.23AG, Income Tax Assessment Act 1936)
OR
Overseas Defence Force rebate (s.79B, Income Tax Assessment Act 1936)
N
N
Y
Y
7. Additional recreation leave – non-warlike service
N
N
Y
Y
8. War service leave
Y
Y
N
N
9. Additional recreation leave
- sea service
- field service
- flying duty
Y
Y
Y
Y
10. Compensation for illness, injury and death
Y
Y
Y
Y
11. Medals
Y
Y
Y
Y
12. Relief out-of-country travel fate assistance
N
Y
N
Y
13. Pre-deployment leave and travel
N
Y
N
Y
14. Other allowance under Chapter 4 Part 2, if eligible, eg:
- maritime allowance
- field allowance
- flying disability allowance
Y
Y
Y
Y

17.3.2 Class of air travel – warlike and non-warlike deployments

  1. This section applies to members travelling to, on or from warlike or non-warlike deployments.

  2. Other provisions about class of air travel do not apply to members who travel in an aircraft owned or chartered by the Commonwealth. The travel arrangements are as provided on board the aircraft.

  3. If members travel by commercial air service, they are eligible for travel in the class that corresponds to their rank, as follows.

    1. For a member who holds the rank of Brigadier or higher – business class.

    2. For a member who holds the rank of Colonel or lower – economy class.

      Exception: The CDF may authorise the member to travel business class. Approval may only be given if the CDF is satisfied that there are special circumstances that require the member to travel business class.

  4. The CDF must consider all these criteria.

    1. If the member is a member of a group, unit or headquarters travelling at the same time, for the same or a similar purpose.

    2. The nature of the duties (if any) being undertaken in the course of the travel.

    3. The member's health.

    4. The status and class of air travel benefit of a person the member is required to accompany during the air travel in the course of duty.

Persons who can make the decision under paragraph 17.3.2.3.b, exception, on behalf of the CDF:
Deputy Commander Joint Operations

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.




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