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ADF Member's Guide

Higher duties allowance

You may be directed to perform duties in a vacant higher level position. You may get higher duties allowance. You get the allowance in addition to your salary.

You only get higher duties allowance if it is approved by a directing officer.

Who can get higher duties allowance?

You may be directed to perform higher duties and get higher duties allowance if you are a member of the:

  • Permanent Forces
  • Reserves on continuous full-time service, or
  • Reserves on Reserve service.

What is a higher level position?

A higher level position is one with a higher rank or employment level.

The position may be:

  • in the Permanent Forces
  • in the Reserves
  • star rank
  • in the APS, or
  • in a foreign military force.

The higher level position must be temporarily vacant.

Who can give direction to perform higher duties?

You can give direction to perform higher duties if you are an ADF member who:

  • is a Sergeant or higher rank
  • at least one rank higher than the vacant position, and
  • in the member’s chain of command.

You can give direction to perform higher duties if you are an APS employee who:

  • is APS 4 or higher, and
  • supervises or manages the vacant position.

The direction to perform higher duties can be stopped at any time.

When can't I be directed to work in a higher level?

You can't be directed to temporarily perform duties at a higher level if:

  • you are a trainee
  • you are a member undergoing training
  • you are a specialist officer who doesn't hold the level of competence required for the higher position
  • you are a member of the Aviation Specialist stream, or
  • there is no significant increase in responsibility between your current work and the higher level duties.

When can I get paid higher duties allowance?

You may get higher duties allowance if you are:

  • posted to a position at a higher rank or skills level, or
  • directed to perform the duties at a higher rank or skills level.

You must be directed to work in the higher level position for five continuous working days or more to be paid higher duties allowance.

You can't be directed to perform higher duties for longer than six months.

You may perform higher duties for longer if you are posted into a position.

Your performance may be assessed for a trial period of up to 3 months. If you’re assessed as capable, you may get higher duties allowance from the first day of the trial period.

More information about this allowance allowance and rates for other ranks, commissioned officers and specialist officers can be found in Chapter 4 Part 1.


Important information

As the name suggests, this Member's Guide is designed as a guide to help you understand how your pay and conditions work. It is not a legal document. Therefore, if there is any conflict between the Member's Guide and Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of Service (and the Determinations made by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal), as compiled in PACMAN, PACMAN is the authority.

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Who do I contact

Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

YourCustomer.Service@defence.gov.au


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