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Division 3: Additional recreation leave

5.4.9 Purpose

A member may be credited with additional recreation leave to compensate for the effects of service over time, in any of these situations.

  1. When serving at sea.

  2. In the field.

  3. In military flying and flight duties.

  4. In special activities.

  5. In a remote location.

  6. Duty assigned to a non-warlike deployment.

5.4.10 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Division.

Definitions
Term Definition
Field service The same meaning as in DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances.
See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division B.13, Field allowance
Flight duties The same meaning as set out in DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances.
See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division B.7, Flying disability allowance
Special service Means service performed in either of the following circumstances.
  1. For the purposes of Division B.12 in DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF Allowances.
  2. For the purposes of Division B.14 in DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF Allowances.

5.4.11 How additional leave accrues

  1. Sections 5.4.13, 5.4.14, 5.4.15, 5.4.16 set out how additional recreation leave for sea service, field service, flying duty and special service accrues.

  2. Additional recreation leave credit that a member accrues under section 17.7.19 is subject to the general administration and payment rules set out in Division 6 of this Part. It is not subject to the limit set out in subclause 4 of this section.

  3. A member may not be credited with a rate of additional recreation leave until they are eligible for the allowance that the leave is conditional upon.

    Example: A member does not become eligible for field allowance until they have been in the field for two days. Once they become eligible for the allowance, they would be credited with additional recreation leave for field service. The credit would begin to accrue from the first day that the member gets the allowance.

    Related Information: Additional recreation leave accrual is based on eligibility for a disability allowance described in sections 5.4.13, 5.4.14, 5.4.15 and 5.4.16. It is not based on entitlement or payment of those allowances.

  4. If a member would be entitled to accrue credit for more than one type of additional recreation leave for sea service, field service, flight duties or special service on the same day, then they are taken to accrue only the highest of the accrual rates that would apply to them that day.

    Example 1: Additional recreation leave accrues at a rate of 10 days a year when a member is on an annual rate of accrual. Additional recreation leave accrues at the higher rate of one day of leave for every 10 days of duty when a member is on an 'on-occurrence' (daily) rate of accrual.

    A member could be eligible to get an annual and an 'on-occurrence' rate of additional recreation leave credit under sections 5.4.13, 5.4.14, 5.4.15 or 5.4.16, for the same day. Instead of getting both amounts, the member would get the credit at the on-occurrence (daily) rate only, because it is the higher of the two rates.

    Example 2: A member may perform flight duties for a 10-day period while they are posted to a ship. During those 10 days, the member accrues one day of additional recreation leave for flight duties (the daily rate of accrual), instead of their usual annual rate of accrual for sea service.

  5. An item in this Division that refers to an allowance determined under section 58H of the Defence Act 1903 is taken to include any predecessor (however described) to that allowance.

5.4.12 Maximum annual credit for sea service, field service, flight duties and special service

  1. This section applies to a member who accrues an additional recreation leave credit under sections 5.4.13, 5.4.14, 5.4.15 and 5.4.16.

  2. When the member accrues 10 days additional leave credit in a leave year under the sections mentioned in subsection 1, no more credit accrues under those sections for the rest of the leave year.

    Example: A member accrues five days of additional recreation leave credit for flight duties under section 5.4.15. They then accrue five days of additional recreation leave credit for sea service under section 5.4.13. They have accrued 10 days' additional recreation leave credit. This is their maximum for the leave year. The member will not accrue any further credit for the eligible service they perform under sections 5.4.13, 5.4.14 and 5.4.15, for the rest of the year.

5.4.13 Sea service

  1. This section applies to a member who meets the eligibility conditions for a rate of maritime disability allowance.

    See: DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF Allowances, Division B.9, Maritime disability allowance

  2. This table sets out how the member accrues additional recreation leave credit for the sea service.

    Additional recreation leave accrual
    Item If the member is eligible for... then for each... they accrue credit of...
    1. a daily rate of maritime disability allowance one day 0.1 of a day of additional recreation leave.
    2. an annual rate of maritime disability allowance a fortnight pro rata credit for the fortnight worked out using the 10-day annual maximum

    Notes: This table may be modified by other rules.

    1. Section 5.4.12 limits the amount of additional recreation leave credit that can be accrued under this clause.

    2. Part-time members may accrue pro rated credit for additional recreation leave.

    3. Special rules apply to a member who is eligible for two or more allowances. See subsection 5.4.11.4.

5.4.14 Field service

  1. This clause applies to a member who meets the eligibility conditions for a rate of field allowance.

  2. See: Chapter 4 Part 2 Division B.13, Field allowance

  3. If the member meets the eligibility conditions for a rate of field allowance, then for each day on which they are eligible they accrue a credit of 0.1 of a day of additional recreation leave.

    Notes: This rule may be modified by other rules.

    1. Section 5.4.12 limits the amount of additional recreation leave credit that can be accrued under this section.

    2. Special rules apply to a member who is eligible for two or more allowances. See subsection 5.4.11.4.

    Example 1: A member receives the daily rate of special forces disability allowance for 10 days. They then receive field allowance for 10 days. They will have accrued the allowances over 20 days. They will be entitled to two days of additional recreation leave.

    Example 2: A member is entitled to field allowance for 100 days between 1 July and 30 March. They accrue 10 days of additional leave for it. They get field allowance for a further 20 days from 30 March to 30 June. They do not accrue any more leave for those 20 days.

5.4.15 Flight duties

  1. This section applies to a member who meets the eligibility conditions for a rate of flying disability allowance.

    See: DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF allowances, Division B.7, Flying disability allowance

  2. The following table sets out how the member accrues additional recreation leave credit for flight duties.

    Additional recreation leave accrual
    Item If the member is eligible for... then for each... they accrue a credit of...
    1. a daily rate of flying disability allowance under item 1 in section B.7.8 of DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013 one day 0.1 of a day of additional recreation leave.
    2. an annual rate of flying disability allowance fortnight pro rata credit for the fortnight worked out using the 10-day annual maximum.

    Notes: This table may be modified by other rules.

    1. Section 5.4.12 limits the amount of additional recreation leave that can be accrued under this section.

    2. Part-time members may accrue pro rated credit for additional recreation leave.

    3. Special rules apply to a member who is eligible for two or more allowances. See subsection 5.4.11.4.

5.4.16 Special service

  1. This clause applies to a member who meets the eligibility conditions for a rate of any of the following allowances.

    1. Special Forces disability allowance.

    2. See: DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF Allowances, Division B.12

    3. Clearance diver allowance.

    4. See: DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013, ADF Allowances, Division B.14

  2. This table sets out how the member accrues additional recreation leave credit for special service.

  3. Additional recreation leave accrual
    Item If the member is eligible for... then for each... they accrue a credit of...
    1. a daily rate of Special Forces disability allowance under subsection B.12.8.2 [member on designated special duty] of DFRT Determination No. 11 of 2013 one day 0.1 of a day of additional recreation leave.
    2. an annual rate of Special Forces disability allowance under section B.12.7, table items 1 to 9 (inclusive) and table item 14 of DFRT Determination
    No. 11 of 2013
    fortnight pro rata credit for the fortnight worked out using the 10-day annual maximum.
    3. an annual rate of clearance diver allowance
    See:Chapter 4 Part 2 Division B.14
    fortnight pro rata credit for the fortnight worked out using the 10-day annual maximum.
    Notes: This table may be modified by other rules.
    1. Section 5.4.12 limits the amount of additional recreation leave that can be accrued under this section.

    2. Part-time members may accrue pro rated credit for additional recreation leave.

    3. Special rules apply to a member who is eligible for two or more allowances. See subsection 5.4.11.4.

5.4.17 Service in a remote location

  1. This section applies to a member who must perform duty in a remote location – that is, a location in Australia that is harsh or remote. Remote locations are listed in Annex 5.4.A.

    Notes:

    1. Additional recreation leave credit for service at overseas hardship posts is authorised by Chapter 16 Part 3 and Annex 16.A.

    2. Additional recreation leave credit for members on non-warlike service is authorised by Chapter 17 Part 7 Division 3.

    3. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) does not accrue additional recreation leave for dependants living in a remote location.
  2. The member is entitled to an additional recreation leave credit if they serve in one or more remote locations for a continuous period of at least 30 days.

  3. The credit is worked out as a pro rata amount based on the annual maximum set out in Annex 5.4.A for the remote location.

    Example 1: The annual maximum for Tindal is five days. For each fortnight a member spends there, they are credited a pro rata part of the five days under this formula. The member must meet the minimum stay in subsection 2.

    5/365 x the number of days in the member's stay

    Example 2: A member serves in Darwin for 16 days, then travels straight to Townsville and serves there for 15 days. Their total continuous service in remote locations is 31 days, or two fortnights. For the fortnight in Darwin, they are credited a pro rata part of three-day maximum for that location. For the fortnight spent in Townsville, they are credited a pro rata part of two-day maximum for that location. Their total additional leave credit is the sum of the two pro rata amounts. This is worked out as shown below.

    (3/365 x 16) + (2/365 x 15) = 0.132 days + 0.082 days = 0.214 days

  4. A member's entitlement to accrue an additional recreation leave credit for service in a remote location ends when either of these events happens.

    1. The member is absent from the location for a period of more than 30 days.

    2. The member goes on a posting to another location.

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



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