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ADF Member's Guide

Part-time leave without pay

Part-time leave without pay allows you to work on a recurring part-time. You may want part-time leave without pay:

  • for additional time with your children
  • to do more study, or
  • to take a break from full-time work.

You are still on continuous full-time service, but get leave without pay on a regular basis. You work part-time hours.

Who can get part-time leave without pay?

You may get part-time leave without pay if you are a member of the:

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

If you're on a flexible service determination (days per fortnight pattern of service), your non-working time is treated as part-time leave without pay.

Who can't get part-time leave without pay?

You can’t get part-time leave without pay if you are:

  • a member of the Reserves on Reserve service, or
  • under a flexible service determination (weeks per month pattern of service).

How do I get part-time leave without pay?

You must apply for part-time leave without pay while you are still on continuous full-time service. Your application may be refused, as part-time leave without pay is not an entitlement.

If your leave application is approved, your grant of leave document must state the:

  • dates when the period of leave is to begin and end, and
  • days or part days when leave is granted in each pay period.

When can I get part-time leave without pay?

You may get part-time leave without pay if you have:

  • completed any initial recruit and relevant specialist training, and
  • completed any further required service.

Your part-time leave without pay may be changed or cancelled.

You may get part-time leave without pay after maternity or parental leave. You have to complete the part-time leave without pay no later than two years after your child was born or adopted.

Your part-time leave without pay arrangement may be changed or cancelled.

When can't I get part-time leave without pay?

You may not get part-time leave without pay if the period is for:

  • more than two years
  • less than three months
  • less than five days day in a pay fortnight, or
  • more than 13 days in a pay fortnight.

What must the decision-maker consider when granting part-time leave without pay?

The decision-maker must consider:

  • your duties
  • how long you may need to reinforce any initial recruit and specialist training
  • your progress since doing the training, and
  • anything else relevant to performance of your duties.

Can my part-time leave without pay be changed or cancelled?

Your part-time leave without pay may be changed or cancelled by you or your chain of command.

The decision-maker must consider:

  • whether you are on continuous full-time service in Australia
  • whether your circumstances have changed significantly
  • when your posting period ends for the grant of that leave
  • whether there is an application to have the leave changed or cancelled
  • your interests, or
  • anything else relevant to the original circumstances.

You must be notified of any changes.

What happens to my salary, allowances and duties if I am on part-time leave without pay?

You won't get paid for the periods you are on part-time leave without pay. Your salary and allowances may be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

Other conditions that may be affected include:

  • increments
  • Superannuation, and
  • housing and accommodation, if you work less than five days in a fortnight.

Part-time leave without pay does not break your continuity of service for leave.

You may get reduced duties during your working hours. You may job share with someone else.

Although you are on part-time leave without pay, you remain under an obligation to serve wherever and whenever required.

More information about part-time leave without pay can be found in Chapter 5 Part 10 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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Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

YourCustomer.Service@defence.gov.au


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