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Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

Meal allowance

You may get meal allowance if you have to work long hours. This is so you can buy a meal when Service-provided meals are not available. You may have to contribute to the cost of the meal.

Who can get meal allowance?

You may get meal allowance if you are a member of the:

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

and

  • serving in Australia, or
  • a country applicant for entry into the ADF.

Can I get meal allowance as a member who lives in?

You may get meal allowance if you live in and contribute to meals at the mess, but can't get there during the meal period for Service reasons. For example, you might be on duty at another location, or working extra duty.

You may get meal allowance for lunches if your normal place of duty is in a capital city.

Can I get meal allowance as a member who lives out?

You may get meal allowance if you live out and can’t go home during the meal period for Service reasons. For example, you work extra duty and you have to buy a meal.

When can't I get meal allowance?

You can't get meal allowance if you are provided with a meal in some other way. This includes:

  • travelling allowance
  • use of the Defence Travel Card
  • Defence provides a meal
  • your fare includes a meal, or
  • your transport operator provides a meal.

What happens if I’m a country applicant to the ADF?

You may be a country applicant who has applied to join the ADF. If you have to travel by private transport to attend an interview or exam at a recruiting centre, you may get a meal allowance.

More information about this allowance and the rates of allowance can be found in Chapter 4 Part 5.


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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