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Division 2: Airfield Defence Guards (annual proficiency bonus)

4.9.9 Purpose

The ADF provides an annual proficiency bonus to certain members of the Air Force Reserve Ground Defence Reserve Group (Operations) who do more than the minimum required training.

4.9.10 Members this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member who meets both of these criteria.

  1. Volunteers to serve for five years in the Air Force Reserve as a Ground Defence Officer or Airfield Defence Guard in the Ground Defence Reserve Group (Operations), and

  2. Undertakes duty (other than continuous full-time service) for up to 18 days more than the minimum 32 days' annual training they are required to do in any one year.

  3. Note: In the total workforce model, duty other than continuous full-time service may be described as duty that is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and not on Service option C.

4.9.11 Conditions of eligibility

  1. The member must meet all of these criteria.

    1. They must volunteer to do the additional duty before the start of each 12-month period of service.

    2. They must actually do the additional duty within that 12-month period or within an extra period that the officer-in-charge approves in writing.

    3. They must meet the medical fitness standards for operational duty as a Ground Defence Officer or Airfield Defence Guard.

    4. They must meet their service obligations.

    5. They must demonstrate proficiency in the skills needed by a Ground Defence Officer or Airfield Defence Guard.

  2. Duty undertaken for more than the additional 18 days in any year does not attract a bonus payment.

4.9.12 Rate and date of eligibility

  1. The member is eligible for the bonus at the following rates.

    1. $50 a day from the 1st to the 4th day (inclusive) of additional duty.

    2. $75 a day from the 5th to the 8th day (inclusive).

    3. $100 a day from the 9th to the 18th day (inclusive).

  2. The bonus cannot be more than $1,500 in any one year.

  3. The bonus is for duty performed in the 12 months before each anniversary of the member's appointment or enlistment. It is payable on the later of these days.

    1. The anniversary of the member's appointment or enlistment.

    2. The last day of the extra period approved in writing by the officer-in-charge.

      See: Paragraph 4.9.11.1 .b, Conditions of eligibility

4.9.13 Preservation of eligibility on transfer

  1. A member who is not serving in the Ground Defence Reserve Group (Operations) on the day the bonus would be paid is still eligible for it, if they meet all of these criteria.

    1. They must meet the eligibility conditions in section 4.9.11.

    2. They must have been transferred from the Group before that day without a break in their continuity of service.

    3. They must be a member of the ADF on that day.

  2. The bonus is payable on that day as if they had not been transferred from the Group.

Application to Reservists: Yes.



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