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Division 2: Food allowances for certain members who live out

7.9.9 Purpose

Food allowance assists certain members who live out to meet additional food expenses.

7.9.10 Eligibility and rate of food allowance

  1. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) who lives out is eligible for food allowance.

  2. Exceptions:

    1. The member is paying the fortnightly meal charge.

    See: Section 7.9.6, Fortnightly meal charge rate

    2. A member posted to a seagoing submarine who is eligible for submarine food allowance.

    See: Section 7.9.12, Eligibility and rate of submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine

  3. The fortnightly rate of food allowance is $205.06.

  4. Exception: A member on a flexible service determination

  5. If a member is on a flexible service determination, the rate of food allowance is $20.51 for each day in the member's pattern of service up to the fortnightly rate specified under subsection 2.

7.9.11 Member not eligible for food allowance

  1. A member is not eligible for food allowance during any of the following periods.

    1. A day on which the member is provided three meals by the Commonwealth

    2. A period of leave that exceeds one week, other than a period of medical absence granted under Chapter 5 Part 3 of this Determination during which the member remains in the posting location.

    3. A period the member is eligible for temporary accommodation allowance and has not occupied a serviced apartment for more than one week.

    4. A period the member is on a long-term posting overseas.

    5. Any period between the following days.

      1. The 15th day after the member returned to their family’s location.

      2. The day the member returns to their posting location.

  2. For the purpose of paragraph 1.a, a member is provided a meal by the Commonwealth if they have received any of the following.

    1. A meal provided at Commonwealth expense.

    2. An amount, however described, provided by the Commonwealth for the purchase of a meal, other than food allowance provided under this Division.

7.9.12 Eligibility and rate of submarine food allowance for member posted to a seagoing submarine

  1. A member is eligible for submarine food allowance if all of the following circumstances apply.

    1. The member is posted to a sea going submarine.

    2. The member is categorised as one of the following.

      1. A member without dependants.

      2. A member with dependants (unaccompanied).

    3. The member is eligible for Rent Allowance or Member Choice Accommodation.

    4. The member is not receiving food allowance under section 7.9.10.

    5. See: Section 7.9.10, Eligibility and rate of food allowance

  2. The fortnightly rate of submarine food allowance for a member in a situation in an item in column A of the following table is the amount in column B of the same item.

  3. Food allowance
    Item Column A
    Member situation
    Column B
    Allowance ($)
    1. The member is provided with lunch at Commonwealth expense.
    130.96
    2. Any other member.
    178.77

    Related information: Part 4 Division 6, Members posted to seagoing ships and nuships.

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



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