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Division 1 : Contribution for meals

7.9.3 Purpose

This Division sets out how a member must pay a contribution for some meals. It lists the rates the member must pay.

7.9.4 Member this Division does not apply to

This Division does not apply to a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

7.9.5 Meal options and methods of payment

  1. This table sets out how a member may choose and pay for eating in a mess.

  2. Payment for meals
    Item If the member eats in the mess... then...
    1. regularly then they pay a fortnightly charge.
    See: Section 7.9.6
    2. occasionally
    Example: one a week or when the member chooses.
    they may choose to pay casual meal charge
    See:
    Section 7.9.7, Member's choice not to be provided with meals
    Section 7.9.8, Casual meal charges
  3. The table applies to members who live in and members who live out.

7.9.6 Fortnightly meal charges

  1. Subject to this Division, a member who eats in the mess regularly under section 7.9.5, table item 1, must pay a fortnightly meal charge to cover part of the cost of those meals.

  2. Exceptions
    a. A member covered by section 7.9.9, Contribution for meals not payable.
    b. A member on leave without pay (see section 7.9.11).

  3. A member who lives out must make the choice under section 7.9.5, table item 1, in writing.

  4. The fortnightly meal charge is $180.00.

  5. If this section applies to a member for a period longer than one day, they do not pay the contribution on the last day of the period.

7.9.7 Member's choice not to be provided with meals

A member may choose not to take regular meals in the mess under section 7.9.5, table item 2 for a period of 4 or more days.

7.9.8 Casual meal charges

Subject to this Division, a member who chooses not to take regular meals under section 7.9.7 must pay the Commonwealth a casual meal charge if they eat a meal in the mess. The amount depends on their rank. The amounts are set out below.

  1. Breakfast – $5.00.

  2. Lunch – $7.00.

  3. Dinner – $6.00.

Exception 1: A member covered by section 7.9.9, Contribution for meals not payable.

Exception 2: A member on leave without pay does not have to pay a contribution under this section. Their contribution rate is set out under section 7.9.11.

7.9.9 Contribution for meals not payable

  1. Unless section 7.9.10 applies, a member who lives in does not have to pay a contribution for meals if they meet any of these conditions.

    1. They are not paying a contribution for living-in accommodation.

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

    3. They are absent on leave for more than 72 hours.

    4. They are eligible for travelling allowance or use of the travel card.

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

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

    7. Note: If the meal that is 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.

  2. A Reserve recruit during basic recruit training does not have to pay a contribution for meals.

  3. Related information: Item 1 of Part 2 of Schedule B.13 to DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.

    Note: In the total workforce model, a member of the Reserves may be described as a member in Service category 2, 3, 4 or 5.

7.9.10 Member who must contribute for meals

Subject to this Division, these members must pay a contribution for meals as set out in this table.

Members who must pay a contribution
Item A member who is... must contribute for meals on this basis...
1. a normal entry recruit during basic recruit training
Related information: Item 1 of Part 1 of Schedule B.13 to DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.
regular fortnightly contribution under section 7.9.6.
2. a member without dependants who does not have to pay a contribution for living-in accommodation because they are in a room with four or more beds either of these contributions, depending on the type of meals service they have chosen.
  1. Regular fortnightly contribution under section 7.9.6.
  2. Casual meal charges under section 7.9.8.
3. a member who occupies temporary living-in accommodation below level 1 standard
See: Part 4 Division 3 section 7.4.16, Classification of living-in accommodation by rank group and purpose
either of these contributions, depending on the type of meals service they have chosen.
  1. Regular fortnightly contribution under section 7.9.6.
  2. Casual meal charges under section 7.9.8.
4. a member on Reserve service casual meal charges under section 7.9.8.
Exception: A Reserve member who is not on Reserve service or in training is not eligible for subsidised meals in a service mess.
Note: They must pay the rate charged to non-Defence civilians.

7.9.11 Member on leave without pay

  1. This section applies to a member who lives in while on leave without pay.

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

  3. The member must pay the Commonwealth a casual meal charge at the rate set out in this table for each meal they have in a mess while on leave.

  4. Meal charge rate
    Item Description of member Breakfast
    ($)
    Lunch
    ($)
    Dinner
    ($)
    1. Corporal or lower, trainee
    14.00
    14.00
    25.85
    2. Sergeant or higher non commissioned rank, Warrant Officer, officer (other than trainee)
    22.60
    23.70
    43.10
  5. The CDF may decide that the member was granted the leave without pay for exceptional reasons. In this case, the member must pay whichever of the following charges they were paying before they started leave without pay.

    1. A fortnightly meal charge.

    2. See: Section 7.9.6, Fortnightly meal charges

    3. The casual meal charge.

    4. See: Section 7.9.8, Casual meal charges

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 7.9.11.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Navy People
Director Navy Personnel Policy
Director Navy Employment Conditions
Director General Personnel – Army
Director Personnel Policy – Army
Staff Officer Grade 1 – Personnel Policy – Army
Director General Personnel – Air Force
Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Personnel Policy – Air Force
Deputy Director Service Conditions – Air Force

7.9.12 Meals in a mess for a lower rank

A member who takes meals in a mess for members with a lower rank must pay the meal costs contribution for that mess.

7.9.13 Meals without steward service

  1. This section applies to a member who meets both these conditions.

    1. They are an officer (but not a trainee), a warrant officer or a senior non-commissioned officer.

    2. They take meals in a mess where there is no attendant to serve meals to each member at the table.

  2. The member's contribution or casual meal charge (whichever applies) is worked out as if they had the rank of Corporal or lower.

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



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