You may get short periods of absence for special circumstances.
You may get short absence if you are a member of the:
You may get short absence from duty if you need short, informal time off duty. It can be used for situations where other kinds of leave may not be available or appropriate. It doesn't accrue.
You may also get short absence from duty if you already have additional recreation leave for an activity, and your decision-maker believes you need more time to recover.
Your decision-maker should consider whether you need short absence from duty:
You may not get short absence from duty if you have other leave you could use. This includes recreation leave or other paid leave.
Up to 3 days in a row
a supervisor in your direct chain of command
not below WO2/APS4
Up to 5 days in a row
a person in your direct chain of command
not below Major/APS6
Up to 20 days in a row
not below Brigadier/SES Band 1
If your short absence from duty relates to a Service event or activity, you must take it as soon as possible. You can't save your short absence from duty for another occasion.
More information about short absence from duty can be found in Chapter 5 Part 11 Division 1.
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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