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Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

ADF salary arrangements

When you serve with the ADF you will be paid a salary if you are a:

  • member of the Permanent Forces
  • member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service
  • member of the Reserves on Reserve service, or
  • trainee.

How are my salary and allowances set?

The ADF sets your salary and allowances through the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. The tribunal determines your salary and allowances through the Workplace Remuneration Agreement. It also approves any increases in your salary and/or allowances.

The Defence Force Advocate stands in for your interests on the Tribunal.

What do I get as a member of the Permanent Forces?

You get an annual salary and service allowance. You pay income tax on your salary.

Your rate of pay depends on your rank, pay increment levels and pay grade. When your employment category changes, your pay grade may also change.

Your pay grade may also reflect any flying, submarine, special forces and special operations experience that you use in your job.

If you're a trainee or above the rank of Major, you will not get service allowance.

What do I get as a member of the Reserves?

As a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service, you will get a salary and a Service allowance.

As a member of the Reserves on Reserve service you:

  • get a salary and a reserve allowance for the number of days or hours you are required to work
  • can't get more than one day's pay in one day even if you work more than six hours in that day
  • have to work a minimum of six hours (excluding meal times) to get one day's pay, and
  • don't pay income tax on your salary.

Your standard working day is the same as Permanent Forces members working at the same location.

If you work more days than approved, you may not get a salary for your excess service.

What do I get as a trainee?

You will get a salary and trainee allowance during:

  • ab initio training
  • officer training
  • initial category/employment/trade training
  • reserve training
  • the undergraduate entry scheme
  • the tertiary recruitment scheme, or
  • the graduate medical scheme.

Your trainee salary may be less than your existing pay if you are already in the ADF.

When you finish your training you will move to the salary level for your new employment category.

You pay income tax on your salary.

What do I get on enlistment or appointment?

You usually get the minimum salary for your rank at the relevant pay grade.

You may get more based on your:

  • experience
  • qualifications
  • skills
  • previous relevant military service
  • previous Reserve service, or
  • any other service that is not continuous full-time service.

What do I get during recategorisation training?

If you're doing recategorisation training, you may get the same salary and service or reserve allowance as you got before you started training.

When do I get paid?

You'll be paid every fortnight. Your salary is based on a 7-day week.

When don't I get a salary?

You may not get a salary if you are:

  • on unpaid leave
  • serving with and being paid by the United Nations, or
  • serving with and being paid by a multinational force.

When can I get a pay increase as a member of the Permanent Forces?

As a member of the Permanent Forces, you may get a pay increase when you complete 12 months continuous full-time service or more at your current level. This includes a member on part-time leave without pay.

Most ranks in the ADF have several pay increment levels. These are based on:

  • time in service or time at rank, and
  • your level of competency (expertise).

As your competency increases you may move up to the top of your rank and pay grade.

If you perform higher duties, this may count towards a pay increment at your substantive rank.

If you do not carry out your duties at the standard required, your pay increment may be deferred.

If you are a legal officer, medical officer or other specialist, you will have a separate pay increment and competency arrangement.

When can I get a pay increase as a member of the Reserves?

As a member of the Reserves, you must complete 20 or more days Reserve service in a 12 month period to move from one salary increment point to the next.

Your pay increase depends on how many days of duty you complete. This includes part days.

When can my salary be reduced?

If your rank is reduced, you may get a salary at the lower rank.

If you're on part-time leave without pay, your salary will be lower.

More information about salary and allowances can be found in Chapter 3 Part 1 and Part 2.

More information about pay grades and salary payable can be found in Chapter 3 Part 1 Part B.


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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References

  • The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal is at http://www.dfrt.gov.au.
  • Current ADF salary and salary related allowance rates are also available under the 'How much will I get paid?' and 'What are my allowances?' boxes on the Defence Pay and Conditions homepage.


Who do I contact

Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

YourCustomer.Service@defence.gov.au


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