Defence Pay and Conditions is a Defence People Group website.
This Division contains an overview of benefits for members who join the ADF.
The Member's Guide to ADF Pay and Conditions of Service is a first point of reference to learn about how the conditions of service package works. The Member's Guide is not a legal authority, but is written to help members understand ADF conditions of service. It does not give detailed information, only an overview. Most ADF conditions are given legal authority by the determinations published in this manual.
Note: The Member's Guide may contain material that is outdated or incomplete and is not to be relied upon as a substitute for legal instruments that contain authoritative statements on ADF pay and conditions of service.
A member who is enlisted, appointed or promoted to a particular rank is entitled to salary at the minimum rate in the salary scale for the rank. In some situations, a salary above the minimum may be approved.
See: Chapter 3 for a full explanation of the salary structure and application of the pay scales for various ranks of the ADF.
Service allowance is paid to recognise the special demands of Service life. Service allowance accrues from day to day and is payable fortnightly. It is not paid in the following cases.
When a member is not entitled to salary.
To a Lieutenant Colonel or higher.
To a Chaplain Division 3 or higher.
To a member on a trainee salary.
See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Division B.2, Service allowance
Trainee allowance is paid to recognise the special demands which trainees are exposed to while undertaking training. Trainee allowance accrues from the date of enlistment until the member completes training and is payable fortnightly.
Trainee allowance is paid to members who are in one of the following training capacities.
Normal entry recruit during basic recruit training.
Member undergoing initial category or trade or employment training.
Member undertaking a combination of degree course and officer training, or study in preparation for such a course.
Member undergoing officer training and not undertaking a degree course.
See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Division B.1, Trainee allowance
See also: Chapter 3 Part 1 Schedule B.13, Trainee salary rates
A member may be provided with housing assistance throughout their career. The member has to pay standard rates of contribution towards the cost, wherever they are posted. The assistance received will depend on rank, dependant status and the type of housing provided.
Exception: Housing assistance is not provided to members who own a suitable home in their posting location.
See: Chapter 7, ADF housing and meals
ADF members are required to advise Defence, through their Commanding Officer whether or not they have dependants. Many conditions of service will differ depending on whether or not a member has dependants. This information is used only to decide what conditions of service the member is eligible for.
Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2, Definitions – Dependants, for information on who can be recognised as a dependant and how to apply for recognition as a member with dependants
Chapter 8, Members and their dependants
It is possible to have benefits based on a member's partnership, including a de facto marriage or a partnership with a person of the same gender. To do this the member will need to have their relationship formally recognised by Defence.
See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2, Definitions – dependants
A member who joins the ADF will receive a set amount of required uniform. Uniform allowance is paid fortnightly to assist the member with the cost of additional items of uniform, as well as maintaining their uniform to the required standard. The rate of allowance depends on rank.
See: Chapter 10 Part 1, Uniform allowance
Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances approved by the Tribunal.