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Food allowance for a member with dependants (unaccompanied) assists the member to meet the additional food expenses that they incur while away from their dependants.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied) is eligible for food allowance at the rate of $198.68 a fortnight.
A member eligible for the allowance may choose to take a meal pass for their mess instead of the allowance.
In this section, any three consecutive meal periods are taken to be one day.
A member with dependants (unaccompanied) is not eligible for the allowance when any of these conditions applies.
The member is eligible for another allowance or amount to pay for meals for more than one day.
Example: If the member was eligible for travelling allowance for four or five meal periods, the allowance would cease for one day. If the member was eligible for travelling allowance for six to eight meal periods, the allowance would cease for two days.
The member is eligible for meals provided by the Commonwealth for more than one day.
The member is on leave for more than one week.
The member is eligible for temporary accommodation allowance and has not occupied a serviced apartment for more than one week.
The member is on a long-term overseas posting.
A member without dependants or a member with dependants (unaccompanied) is eligible for a food allowance if they get rent allowance while posted to a seagoing submarine. This table sets out the rates.
|Item||If the member is...||the fortnightly rate is ($)...|
|1.||a member provided with lunch at Commonwealth expense||
|2.||any other member||
Related information: Part 4 Division 6, Members posted to seagoing ships and nuships.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.