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Part 2: Leave for travel to restricted destinations

5.2.1 Purpose

This Part specifies the restrictions on the granting of leave for members who travel to restricted destinations and the consequences of travelling to a restricted destination while on approved leave.

5.2.2 Member this Part applies to

This Part applies to members who have applied, or have been approved, for any of the following types of leave.

  1. Recreation leave.

  2. Long service leave.

  3. War service leave.

  4. Compassionate leave.

  5. Leave without pay.

  6. Maternity leave.

5.2.3 Transiting through a restricted destination

For the purpose of this Part, a member transits through a restricted destination if they enter the restricted destination and both of the following apply.

  1. The member remains in the port or airport.

  2. The member does not pass through any customs or immigration process.

5.2.4 Restriction on the grant of leave

A member must not be granted leave to travel to a restricted destination unless either of the following apply.

  1. The member has been granted a leave travel waiver for that restricted destination.

  2. The member will only transit through the restricted destination.

5.2.5 Cancellation of leave in a restricted destination

If a member is on leave and travels to a restricted destination, the member’s leave is cancelled unless one of the following applies.

  1. The member has been granted a leave travel waiver for that restricted destination.

  2. The member is only transiting through the restricted destination.

  3. The member’s presence in the restricted destination is beyond their control.

  4. The member was in transit in the restricted destination and required to leave the port or airport for a reason beyond their control.

Note: A member’s leave is not restored once the member leaves the restricted destination.

Applying for a leave travel restriction waiver

  1. Members should not make travel arrangements or financial commitments until all approvals have been provided.

  2. A member may apply for a leave travel restriction waiver using webform AE042 through their supervisor in accordance with the instructions on that form at least 30 days before the expected travel date.

  3. The application must include the following.

    1. Notification of proposed overseas travel form.

    2. Reasons to justify the waiver which may include, but are not limited to the following.

      1. Compassionate reasons.

      2. To pursue future employment opportunities.

      3. For cultural or religious purposes.

      4. Family events.

  4. Members should be aware that waivers are not generally granted when the travel is for holiday or tourism purposes only.

  5. Only the Deputy Chief Joint Operations may approve a leave travel restriction waiver. Deputy Chief Joint Operations must consider the following.

    1. The reasons for the proposed travel.

    2. Comments of the recommending officers.

    3. The security and threat level in the restricted destination.

    4. Any other relevant matter.

  6. Deputy Chief Joint Operations may approve a leave travel restriction waiver subject to conditions being met, including any of the following.

    1. The member must make all reasonable efforts to contact a specified Australian official on arrival in and departure from the restricted location, or at regular intervals while in the location.

    2. Comments of the recommending officers.

    3. The security and threat level in the restricted destination.

    4. Any other relevant matter.

  7. As with any overseas travel, members are to register their travel details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Smart Traveller website.

Application to Reservists: Yes.



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