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Leave travel to a restricted destination

You may want travel to a restricted destination during your leave. If you do this, you must apply for a leave travel restriction waiver.

Who must apply for a leave travel restriction waiver?

You must apply for a leave travel restriction waiver if you are a member of the:

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

When do I have to apply for a leave travel restriction waiver?

You may be planning to take:

  • recreation leave
  • long service leave
  • war service leave
  • compassionate leave, or
  • leave without pay.

If you plan to travel to a restricted destination on leave, you must apply for a leave travel restriction waiver.

If your leave travel restriction waiver is approved, your leave may then be approved or denied.

Once your leave is approved, you must register:

  • your travel on the DFAT smart traveller website, and
  • your itinerary on Defence One (PMKeyS).

When don't I have to apply for a leave travel restriction waiver?

You don’t have to apply for a leave travel restriction waiver if you transit through a restricted destination and you:

  • stay in the port or airport, and
  • don’t go through customs or immigration.

How do I apply for a leave travel restriction waiver?

You must apply for a leave travel restriction waiver in writing.

You must apply in writing at least 30 days before your proposed travel date or as soon as practicable before travel.

Your application must be passed up the chain of command to the Deputy Chief Joint Operations.

You must apply to the Deputy Chief Joint Operations for permission to travel to a restricted area.

You must provide reasons for your travel. These reasons could include:

  • the need for compassionate leave
  • the possibility of work after leaving the ADF, or
  • travel to a restricted destination for a wedding or family reunion.

You shouldn't make any travel arrangements before you have approval to travel.

What should the Deputy Chief Joint Operations consider when making a decision?

The Deputy Chief Joint Operations should consider:

  • any recommendation from the member's CO or director
  • any recommendation from the Brigadier (or equivalent) in the member's chain of command
  • the security and threat circumstances of the area, and
  • which conditions of travel may be imposed.

What should your leave decision-maker consider?

Your leave decision-maker should consider any advice issued by the:

  • Deputy Chief Joint Operations, and/or
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Your CO or Director must give reasons for approving or not approving your leave application.

What happens if I travel to an unapproved restricted destination?

If you travel to an unapproved restricted destination, your leave is revoked from the time you enter that destination. You are no longer on authorised leave unless:

  • the travel was beyond your control, or
  • you’re in transit and have to leave the airport for reasons beyond your control.

You must notify the Australian government representative, Australian embassy or High Commission in the restricted destination.

More information about leave travel to a restricted destination can be found in Chapter 5 Part 2 Division 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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Reference

  • Form AE042-ADF Leave Travel Restriction Waiver Application (available on webforms)


Who do I contact

Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

YourCustomer.Service@defence.gov.au


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