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Division 1: Benefits for applicants

2.1.3 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to provide assistance to a person who has applied to join the ADF. This includes travel costs, allowances and accommodation costs.

2.1.4 Travel, accommodation and meals

  1. This section applies to a person who has applied to be appointed to, or enlisted in, the ADF and all the following apply.

    1. They are requested to attend a Defence Force Recruiting Centre for an interview or examination.

    2. They attend a Defence Force Recruiting Centre for the interview or examination requested.

    3. They are required to travel from their normal place of residence to the Defence Force Recruiting Centre and back to their normal place of residence.

    4. They live outside of an area serviced by the metropolitan transport system of the city or town where the Defence Force Recruiting Centre is located.
  2. The person who uses a means of travel in an item in column A of the following table is eligible for the amount in column B for the same item.

    Allowance
    Item

    Column A

    Means of travel

    Column B

    Assistance

    1. Private vehicle.

    The amount they would be eligible for under section 9.6.25.

    See: Chapter 9 Part 6 Division 2 for the relevant benefits.

    2. Public transport by a regional transport provider, including air travel.

    The lesser of these two amounts:

    1. The fares that the Commonwealth would pay if they held a rank of Colonel or lower.
    2. The fares that they paid.
  3. The person is eligible for the allowance under subsection 4 for accommodation and meals if they meet both the following.

    1. The person has to be absent from their normal place of residence overnight to attend the Defence Force Recruiting Centre and return home.

    2. Their meals and accommodation are not provided by the Commonwealth.

  4. The allowance is the lowest of the following amounts.

    1. The amount the Commonwealth would have paid if it provided accommodation and meals.

    2. The amount the person paid for accommodation and meals.

    3. The amount the person would be eligible for under table item 2 of section 9.5.35.

  5. The person is eligible for meal allowance under section 4.5.9 if all the following apply.

    1. The person will not be absent from their normal place of residence overnight.

    2. The period of their absence includes a meal period.

    3. A meal is not provided by the Commonwealth.

2.1.5 Prepaid fares

  1. A country applicant who travels to or from a recruiting centre is eligible to either a prepaid fare or an allowance under section 2.1.4.

  2. The applicant must repay to the Commonwealth any prepaid amount they do not spend. This includes if the journey is cancelled.

2.1.6 Baggage

Persons eligible for travel under this Division are not eligible for any Commonwealth assistance for excess baggage.

2.1.7 Loss of wages or salary

  1. This section applies to a person who is not a member of the ADF and who has applied to join the ADF. They may be compensated for loss of wages or salary if they meet all these conditions.

    1. They are employed.

    2. They are required to have an examination or interview to see if they are suitable to join the ADF.

    3. They attend a recruiting centre to be examined or interviewed.

    4. They lose salary or wages because of that attendance.

  2. The applicant is eligible for the lesser of these two amounts.

    1. The wages or salary they would have earned during the period they are reasonably required to be absent from the employment because of the attendance. This does not include any payment for overtime.

    2. The salary that would be payable for that period to a normal entry recruit during basic training.

  3. The applicant is not eligible if they have not disclosed in their application a significant fact that makes them ineligible to join the ADF.

Application to Reservists: Yes, in certain circumstances.



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