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Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

Compassionate leave

Compassionate leave gives you time off if a close relative dies or suffers an illness or injury that could endanger their life.

Who can get compassionate leave?

You may get compassionate leave if you are a member of the:

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

When can I get compassionate leave?

You may get compassionate leave if a close relative:

  • dies
  • is seriously ill, or
  • is very seriously ill.

Who is a close relative?

Your close relative could be:

  • your parent, brother, sister, child, dependant, spouse or partner
  • the parent or child of your spouse or partner
  • if your spouse or partner is also a member, a dependant of your spouse or partner, or
  • any other person approved as your close relative or a close relative of your spouse or partner.

How much compassionate leave can I get?

You may get up to five days of compassionate leave in a year. The days do not have to be taken all at once.

You may get additional days depending on your circumstances.

More information about compassionate leave can be found in Chapter 5 Part 9 Division 2.


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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