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Division 1 : Contribution for meals

7.9.3 Purpose

This Division set out when a member must pay a contribution for some meals they eat in a mess and lists the rates the member must pay.

7.9.4 Provision of meals

A member who eats in a mess may be provided a meal at Commonwealth expense.

7.9.5 Casual meal charges

  1. Subject to subsection 2, a member must pay the casual meal charge if they eat a meal in a mess.

  2. A member does not pay the casual meal charge if any of the following circumstances apply.

    1. They are paying the fortnightly meal charge.

    2. See: Section 7.9.6, Fortnightly meal charges

    3. They are a member with dependants (unaccompanied) who is not receiving food allowance.

    4. See: Part 9 Division 2, Food allowance for certain members who live out

    5. They live in living-in accommodation and not required to pay a contribution for living-in accommodation.

    6. See: Part 4 Division 5, Exemptions from contribution

    7. They are eligible for travelling allowance or meals provided at Commonwealth expense.

    8. Exception: Travelling allowance for part-day travel.

      See: Chapter 9 Part 5 Division 3, Travelling allowance

    9. They are living under field conditions or on a seagoing ship for any part of a day.

    10. Note: If the meal ordinarily provided by the ship is not available, any meal provided in a mess is free of charge. For example, a ship's galley is closed down for a period.

  3. The casual meal charge is the rate provided in the following table that corresponds with the member’s circumstances and the meal the member eats.

  4. Casual meal charges
    Item For a member who is... The casual meal charge for breakfast is...
    $
    The casual meal charge for lunch is...
    $
    The casual meal charge for dinner is...
    $
    1. not on leave without pay.
    5.00
    7.50
    7.00
    2. on leave without pay and one of the following apply.
    a. the member is a Corporal or lower.
    b. the member is a trainee.
    Exception: a member on part-time leave without pay.
    14.00
    14.00
    25.85
    3. on leave without pay and one of the following apply.
    a. the member is a Sergeant or higher.
    b. the member is an Officer (other than a trainee).
    Exception: a member on part-time leave without pay.
    22.60
    23.70
    43.10
    4. on leave without pay and the mess does not provide steward service.
    Exception: a member on part-time leave without pay.
    14.00
    14.00
    25.85

7.9.6 Fortnightly meal charges

  1. This section does not apply to any of the following members.

    1. A member on Reserve service.

    2. They live in living-in accommodation and not required to pay a contribution for living-in accommodation.

    3. Exception:

      1. A member with dependants who does not have to pay a contribution for living-in accommodation because they are in a room with four or more beds.
      2. A member who occupies temporary living-in accommodation below level 1 standard.
      3. See: Part 4 Division 3 section 7.4.16, Classification on living-in accommodation by rank group and purpose

      See: Part 4 Division 5, Exemptions from contribution

    4. A member on leave without pay.

    5. Exception: A member on part-time leave without pay.

  2. A member must pay the fortnightly meal charge for eating meals in a mess if any of the following conditions apply.

    1. The member has elected to pay the fortnightly meal charge.

    2. The member is a normal entry recruit during basic recruit training.

  3. Subject to subsection 4, the fortnightly meal charge for a member who elects to pay the fortnightly meal charge is payable for the following period.

    1. From the first day of the period that the member elects to pay the fortnightly meal charge.

    2. Until the end of the last day of the period that the member elected.

  4. The fortnightly meal charge must not start on a day that is less than four days after the last day for which the member paid the fortnightly meal charge if both the follow conditions apply.

    1. The member’s election to pay the fortnightly meal charge has ended.

    2. The member makes a new election to pay the fortnightly mean charge.

    Note: This section does not prevent a member from extending their election or pay the fortnightly meal charge before their election has expired.

  5. The fortnightly meal charge for a member who is a normal entry recruit during basic recruit training is payable for the following period.

    1. From the first day of they begin basic recruit training.

    2. Until the last day of basic recruit training.

7.9.7 Fortnightly meal charge rate

  1. The rate of the fortnightly meal charge is $195.00.

  2. The fortnightly meal charge is reduced by $13.93 for every day within one of the following periods.

    1. A period the member is absent on leave for more than 72 hours.

    2. A period the member is eligible for travelling allowance.

    3. Exception: Travelling allowance for part-day travel.

    4. A period the member is living under field conditions or on a seagoing ship.

7.9.8 Member on leave without pay

  1. This section applies to a member to whom all the following apply.

    1. The member is granted leave without pay.

    2. The grant of leave was made for exceptional circumstances.

    3. The member’s contribution for meals will change when the member starts leave without pay.

  2. The CDF may decide that the member pays the rate of the contribution for meals they were paying before they started leave without pay.

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



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