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ADF Member's Guide

ADF district, Port Wakefield and Scherger allowance

You may get ADF district allowance, Port Wakefield or Scherger allowance if you serve in remote locations in Australia. It makes up for the:

  • isolation
  • harsh climate, and/or
  • cost of living.

Who can get ADF district allowance, Port Wakefield allowance or Scherger allowance?

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

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

ADF district allowance

When can I get the ADF district allowance?

You may get the ADF district allowance if you are:

  • posted to, and live at, a remote location
  • posted to a seagoing ship based at a remote location
  • performing temporary duty at a remote location for more than 21 days in a row, or
  • performing duty at an isolated location (not listed as a remote location) for more than 21 days in a row.

You may leave your remote location on temporary duty or to serve in a seagoing ship or submarine. You may still get ADF district allowance.

If you are performing duty at an isolated location for more than 21 days in a row, you may get the same ADF district allowance as a nearby remote location.

You may still get ADF district allowance during:

  • long service leave if you or your dependants stay in the remote location during that leave, or
  • other leave, if you return to duty at the remote location after your leave.

You can’t get the allowance for longer than the period of recreation leave you accrued.

When you finish duty at the remote location you may:

  • be granted recreation leave
  • be absent from duty for illness, or
  • be hospitalised.

You may get ADF district allowance for the period of absence. If you can’t take leave for Service reasons after your posting at the remote location, you may:

  • get the allowance as if you had taken leave, or
  • get a lump sum for the leave you can't take.

Can I get other allowances at the same time?

If you get Antarctic allowance, you can't get ADF district allowance.

How much ADF district allowance can I get?

There is a five-level grading system for remote locations. This reflects how remote and harsh the location is.

How much you get depends on if you:

  • live in, or
  • live out,

and

if you are a member:

  • with dependants
  • with dependants (unaccompanied), or
  • without dependants.

What happens if I'm posted from one remote location to another?

You may be posted from one remote location to another. You may get ADF district allowance for the old location until your posting starts at the new location.

You are posted as a member with dependants (unaccompanied) and your dependants stay at the old location. You may get the greater of the rate:

  • at the old remote location, and
  • if your dependants accompanied you to the new remote location.

What happens if I'm posted from a remote location to a non-remote location?

You may be posted from a remote location to a non-remote location as a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

If your dependants stay at the remote location, you may get ADF district allowance for as long as they stay there.

What happens if I'm serving a period of detention?

You may serve a period of detention under Service law. You may get ADF district allowance if:

  • you should have got the allowance before you started your detention
  • you should have got the full rate as a member with dependants, and
  • your dependants continue to live in the remote location.

Port Wakefield allowance

When can I get Port Wakefield allowance?

You may get Port Wakefield allowance if you are:

  • posted to Port Wakefield, and
  • you must live there.

If you leave Port Wakefield on temporary duty, you may still get Port Wakefield allowance.

When can’t I get Port Wakefield allowance?

You won’t get Port Wakefield allowance if you are on temporary duty.

How much Port Wakefield allowance can I get?

You may get a yearly allowance. How much you get depends on whether you are a member with dependants, member with dependants (unaccompanied) or member without dependants.

Scherger allowance

When can I get Scherger allowance?

You may get Scherger allowance if you are:

  • posted to RAAF Scherger in a caretaker role for at least 12 months
  • you must live there, and
  • you live on base.

How much Scherger allowance can I get?

There is a standard annual rate of Scherger allowance.

What happens if I go on leave?

You may go on leave while you are getting ADF district allowance or Port Wakefield allowance.

You may get the allowance if you take:

  • long service leave
  • recreation leave
  • compassionate leave
  • carer's leave
  • paid maternity leave
  • paid parental leave, or
  • medical absence.

You won’t get the allowance if you go on leave without pay.

More information about this allowance and specific rates can be found in Chapter 4 Part 4 Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Division 4.

More information about the grades of ADF district allowance at remote locations can be found in Chapter 4 Part-4 Annex 4.4.A.


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.

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