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Division 3: Short absence when not required for duty

5.11.11 Purpose

A member may be granted short absence from their place of duty for time outside normal working hours.

See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.48, for guidance on 'normal working hours' in the ADF.

Note: The times when members are not required for duty are normally identified in unit standing orders or shift rosters.

5.11.12 Approval of absence

  1. A member is to be granted short absence for a weekend or public holiday, or for part of that period, if they meet either of these conditions.

    1. They are not required for duty on that weekend or public holiday, or a part of it.

    2. They are not under a restriction imposed by a Service authority.

  2. A member who is not required at their place of duty for a period outside normal working hours is also to be granted short absence for that period. It may be an overnight period.

  3. Example: A member is granted short absence for a weekend. They are not required for duty on Sunday night. They may be granted short absence until they are required to be on duty on Monday morning.

    See: Part 12, Public holidays – Australia

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.



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