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Part 1: Uniform allowance

10.1.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Part is to assist members maintain uniforms in good order and condition.

Note: The allowance is not designed to cover laundry or dry cleaning costs, or maintaining personal items.

Examples: Towels, brushes, pyjamas and underwear.

10.1.2 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to these members.

  1. A member on continuous full-time service, entitled to salary and with the rank of Major General or lower.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

  3. A member who is serving a period of detention under Service law.

10.1.3 Members this Part does not apply to

  1. This Part does not apply to a member who meets both these conditions.

    1. They are a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service.

    2. The member is entitled to be issued with free replacement clothing.

    Note: The member's Service is responsible for the provision of free replacement clothing. The Service policies can be found in the Defence Force salary and allowance accounting circular 2010/21 (Permanent) and 2010/27 (Reserves), Uniform allowance – members undertaking continuous full-time service.

  2. To avoid doubt, this Part does not apply to a member on Reserve service.

  3. Note: In the total workforce model, the following arrangements apply.

    1. A member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C.

    2. A member of the Reserves on Reserve service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5. A member on Service option C is not a member of the Reserves on Reserve service.

10.1.4 Uniform allowance rates

  1. This table outlines the rates of uniform allowance.

  2. Rates of allowance
    Item If a member is... Then the annual rate of uniform is ($)...
    1. a member in either of the following categories
    a. A Corporal or lower.
    b. A member paid salary under Schedule B.13 of DFRT Determination No. 2 of 2017, Salaries.
    419
    2. a Sergeant or higher non-commissioned rank
    504
    3. an officer, including a member who is required to join an officers' mess or wardroom on a permanent basis
    682
  3. If a member held the rank of Warrant Officer or lower before becoming an officer trainee, they are to be paid the rate as if they had not become an officer trainee. This is until the day they become eligible for a higher rate, or cease to be an officer trainee.

  4. Note: The method for calculating the daily rate of the allowance is provided in Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 1.

10.1.5 ...

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.



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Further info

  • Tax alert, item 157
  • Information regarding Defence clothing can be found on the Clothing Systems Program Office (CLOSPO) intranet site.
  • Defence Force salary and allowance accounting circular 2010/21 (Permanent) and 2010/27 (Reserves), Uniform allowance – members undertaking continuous full-time service (This document is available on the DEFWEB or by contacting the Defence Service Centre)

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Defence Service Centre

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