Rest periods provide a chance to recover from jet lag, during or after air travel undertaken for duty.
A time zone hour is a change of one time zone during air travel. It is measured using Coordinated Universal Time (old Greenwich Mean Time). Summer time and daylight saving time are disregarded for the purposes of this definition.
Chapter 12 Part 3 section 12.3.19, Definitions – time zone hour
Chapter 13 Part 2 Division 2 section 13.2.10, Definitions – time zone hours
Chapter 12 Part 3 Annex 12.3.A, International time zones
A rest period is between 12 and 24 hours. The member is considered on duty for conditions of service purposes.
This table describes the eligibility for rest periods.
|Item||If travel by the direct route is...||then the member is eligible for...|
|1.||for at least four time zone hours, or with a travelling time of at least 12 hours||one rest period.|
|2.||for at least six time zone hours||two rest periods.|
A member is taken to be on duty during a rest period. If a rest period taken at the journey's destination falls outside normal working hours, it will not entitle the member to time off duty instead.
The same benefit applies to a given journey, whether it is by a direct or indirect route.
The member may choose whether to take a rest period during the journey or at the final destination.
Example 1: A member travels from Sydney to Los Angeles direct. The journey is six time zone hours. The member is eligible for two rest periods and takes them on arrival in Los Angeles.
Example 2: A member is approved to travel from Sydney to New York via London (indirect). The time zone difference between Sydney and New York by the direct route is nine time zone hours, so the member is eligible for two rest periods. The member chooses to take one rest period in London and one on arrival in New York.
A member may have an unavoidable stopover on the journey. If the stopover is at least 12 hours, it will be regarded as a rest period. This will satisfy the rest period benefit under this section.
No journey can have more than two rest periods.
For an overnight rest period, the member is eligible for both of the following.
Accommodation costs as if the member were on duty.
Meals and incidental costs under Chapter 13 Part 3, Travel costs for short-term duty overseas.
This section applies to a member who has been approved to take recreation leave during or after a journey.
A member may take a rest period at the same location as recreation leave. The duration of the rest period is the same as if the member was to continue the journey without taking leave.
Time spent on a rest period is not to be deducted from recreation leave credits.