skip to navigation skip to content skip to footer

Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

Field allowance

You may get field allowance if you have to live and work in uncomfortable conditions in the field while on duty. These conditions include:

  • not much contact with home
  • not much leisure time, and
  • working long and irregular hours.

Who can get field allowance?

You may get field 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 field allowance?

You may get field allowance if you are on duty in the field:

  • during peacetime training
  • in warlike service, or
  • in non-warlike service, including field operations, exercises or similar activities.

How long do I have to be in the field to get field allowance?

You may get field allowance if you are in the field for 48 hours in a row or more.

If you get maritime disability allowance immediately before going into the field, this may count as the qualifying period for your field allowance.

Anytime you serve towards the maritime disability allowance may count towards your field allowance qualifying period.

If you leave field service during the 48 hour qualifying period, you may have to restart that period.

If you have two periods of field service with a break of less than 48 hours between, you don't need to requalify.

How much field allowance can I get?

There are three levels of field allowance which depend on the level of hardship you experience.

The level of hardship is determined by:

  • living conditions
  • working conditions
  • eating arrangements
  • leisure
  • facilities and services, and
  • hours of work.

You may get a daily rate of allowance.

Can I get other allowances at the same time?

You may not get field allowance if you get other allowances at the same time.

You may not get field allowance if you get an annual rate of maritime disability allowance.

You may get a part-day of field allowance and a part-day of maritime disability allowance on the same day. You'll get the daily rate for whichever allowance applies at the end of that day.

If you get a daily rate of field allowance and a daily rate of maritime disability allowance at the same time, you get whichever rate is higher.

You can't get field allowance if you get travelling costs.

More information about this allowance can be found in Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division 13.

More information about the rates can be found in Chapter 4 Part 2 Part F.


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.

For this topic....

Authority

Rates



Who do I contact

Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

YourCustomer.Service@defence.gov.au


Website feedback

Do you like the Member's Guide layout?
Would you like to see more information?
Do you have any suggestions for us to consider?

Help us improve the Members Guide by providing your feedback and suggestions.

Feedback