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Division 1: Members eligible, definitions and general principles

5.5.4 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to a member on continuous full-time service.

Note: This means members of the Permanent Forces, and members of the Reserves on continuous full-time service.

Note: In the total workforce model, a member on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

5.5.5 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Part.

Term Definition in this Part
Long Service Leave Act
Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976.
Note: This is relevant to recognition of prior service.

Start date

  1. For a period of long service leave: the first day of the member's absence.
  2. For payment instead of long service leave to the member, the earliest of thesedates.
    1. The day the member begins career transition training.
    2. The day they are transferred to a transition centre.
    3. The day they begin a period of recreation leave or long service leave that is immediately before they cease continuous full-time service.
    4. The day they cease continuous full-time service.
Note: This definition refers to when the entitlement to be paid arises. The actual payment takes longer.

5.5.6 Administrative concepts

  1. A member who has 10 years of accrued service is entitled to a long service leave credit.

    See: Division 3 for details of how service is accrued.

  2. Long service leave credits are expressed in months and decimal parts of a month.

    Example: 2.7 months

  3. A month's leave may be a calendar month or may span two calendar months. A month is measured from the start date to the day before the same date in the next month. This rule applies no matter how many days there are in that month.

    Examples: 15 July to 14 August (return to duty 15 August), 9 February to 8 March (return to duty 9 March)

  4. When working out parts of a month, a month is taken to have 30 days.

    Example: 0.7 of a month = 0.7 x 30 days = 21 days.

  5. Long service leave is a 7-day week leave. Leave is granted for each calendar day, including weekends and public holidays when the member would not normally have worked.

    Example: A member has a long service leave credit of 2.6 months (equal to 2 months 18 days). They use the whole credit for a grant of leave from Monday 13 December 2004 to Wednesday 2 March 2005, inclusive. All of the weekend days and Christmas/New Year public holidays in that period count as days of leave that are deducted from their credit. As at Thursday 3 March 2005, their credit is zero.

  6. Leave may be granted in months and whole days.

    See: Division 2 subsection for the minimum period of leave that can be granted.

  7. Long service leave must not start or finish on a weekend or public holiday.

  8. For the purpose of payment instead of long service leave, a month's salary is one-twelfth of a year's salary. This rule applies no matter how many days there are in that month.

5.5.7 How to apply for leave

  1. A member must use separate leave forms for long service leave and any other leave to be taken at the same time.

  2. The original application must be sent to the address specified on the form.

  3. The member must send the completed application form to the ADF Long Service Leave Section at least one month before the start of the leave period applied for.

    See: Form AD493, ADF Long Service Leave Application on the Defence Publishing Service Webforms system

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

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