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 $198.68 a fortnight.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied) is not eligible for food allowance during any of the following periods.
A period, that includes three consecutive meal periods, which the member is eligible for an allowance, or an amount, to pay for meals.
A period the member is eligible for meals provided by the Commonwealth for more than one day.
A period of leave which exceeds one week.
Exception: The member remains in the posting location while on medical absence granted under Chapter 5 Part 3, Medical absence from duty.
A period the member is eligible for temporary accommodation allowance and has not occupied a serviced apartment for more than one week.
A period which the member is on a long-term overseas posting.
A period for which the member is paid maritime disability allowance or field allowance.
Note: This section does not apply to submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine.
A member is eligible for submarine food allowance if all of the following circumstances apply.
The member is posted to a sea going submarine.
The member categorised as one of the following.
A member without dependants.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied).
The member is eligible for Rent Allowance or Member Choice Accommodation.
The member is not receiving food allowance under section 7.9.10.
See: Section 7.9.10, Eligibility and rate of food allowance
The fortnightly rate of submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine is set out in the following table.
|Item||If the member is...||the fortnightly rate is ($)...|
|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.