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Divisions 1: Benefits for applicants

2.1.3 Purpose

A person who has applied to join the ADF may be eligible for assistance with travel costs, allowances and accommodation costs.

2.1.4 Travel, accommodation and meal benefits – certain country applicants

  1. This section applies to a person who is not a member of the ADF and who has applied to join the ADF. They may have travel, accommodation and meal benefits, if they meet all these conditions.

    1. They are required to have an examination or interview to see if they are suitable to join the ADF.

    2. They go to a recruiting centre to be examined or interviewed.

    3. They live at a location not served by the transport system of the city or town where the recruiting centre is located.

  2. The applicant is eligible for an allowance if they pay for their travel between their normal place of residence and the recruiting centre. The amount of the allowance depends on their means of travel, as set out in this table.

    Allowance
    Item If the applicant travels by... then they are eligible for...
    1. private vehicle

    the amount they would be eligible for if:

    1. they were a member at the rank for which they are applying for appointment or enlistment, and
    2. their travel was authorised travel on duty.
    3. See: Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 2 for the relevant benefits.

    2. public transport

    the lesser of these two amounts:

    1. What the Commonwealth would pay for fares if they were a member at the rank for which they are applying for appointment or enlistment.
    2. What they actually pay for fares.
  3. The applicant is eligible for an allowance for accommodation and meals if they meet both these conditions.

    1. They travel between their normal place of residence and the recruiting centre for a period that extends overnight.

    2. Their meals and accommodation are not provided at Commonwealth expense.

  4. The allowance is the lowest of these amounts.

    1. What the Commonwealth would have paid if it provided accommodation and meals.

    2. What the applicant paid for accommodation and meals.

    3. What the applicant would be eligible for if they were a member at the rank for which they are applying for appointment or enlistment.

      See: Chapter 9 Part 5, Payment of travel costs for the relevant benefits

    Note: If the applicant's travel period does not extend overnight, the meal allowance rates under section 4.5.8 apply.

    See: Chapter 4 Part 5, Meal allowances

2.1.5 Prepaid fares

  1. A country applicant who travels to or from a recruiting centre is eligible to either a prepaid fare or an allowance under section 2.1.4.

  2. The applicant must repay to the Commonwealth any prepaid amount they do not spend. This includes if the journey is cancelled.

2.1.6 Baggage

Persons eligible for travel under this Division are not eligible for any Commonwealth assistance for excess baggage.

2.1.7 Loss of wages or salary

  1. This section applies to a person who is not a member of the ADF and who has applied to join the ADF. They may be compensated for loss of wages or salary if they meet all these conditions.

    1. They are employed.

    2. They are required to have an examination or interview to see if they are suitable to join the ADF.

    3. They attend a recruiting centre to be examined or interviewed.

    4. They lose salary or wages because of that attendance.

  2. The applicant is eligible for the lesser of these two amounts.

    1. The wages or salary they would have earned during the period they are reasonably required to be absent from the employment because of the attendance. This does not include any payment for overtime.

    2. The salary that would be payable for that period to a normal entry recruit during basic training.

  3. The applicant is not eligible if they have not disclosed in their application a significant fact that makes them ineligible to join the ADF.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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