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Division 3: Accompanied travel

13.2.13 Spouse accompanying member on short-term duty overseas

  1. A member is not eligible to have their spouse or partner accompany them at Commonwealth expense on short-term duty overseas.

    Exception: The CDF may approve travel for a spouse or partner to accompany the member at Commonwealth expense for representational purposes. Approval may only be given if the CDF is satisfied that it is demonstrably in the interests of the Commonwealth, given the purpose of the travel, for the member to be accompanied by their spouse or partner.

  2. If the CDF approves accompanied travel on short-term duty overseas, the member is eligible for all the following, as applicable.

    1. The reasonable additional cost of accommodation (including for rest periods).

    2. The spouse's or partner's transportation cost by the same mode and class of travel as the member. This is the only transportation cost payable for the member's spouse or partner.

    3. Costs incurred for meals, up to the same daily limit as the member's meal costs benefit under Annex 13.3.A for short-term duty overseas.

      See: Annex 13.3.A, Travel costs

Note 1: For information about how to obtain approval of spouse-accompanied travel for representational purposes, see Secretary/CDF Joint Directive No. 26/2004: Approval for overseas travel and travel for representational purposes within Australia and overseas at Commonwealth expense.

Note 2: While the Joint Directive was written to apply to spouses, the subsequent change in policy means that it should now be read as referring to a spouse or a partner.

Application to Reservists: Yes.

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