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ADF Member's Guide

Army dental officer professional development scheme

You may get a refund if you take part in approved professional development activities. Defence may also pay the costs directly.

Who can get a refund for professional development activities?

You may get a refund for professional development activities if you are a member of the:

  • Permanent Forces
  • Reserves on continuous full-time service, or
  • Reserves on Reserve service

and you are

  • an Army dental officer providing clinical dental care, and
  • Army Individual Readiness Notice compliant on the day of professional development.

You don't have to be fit for operational deployment.

What can I get a refund for?

You may get a refund for professional development activities or equipment.

The refund depends on:

  • how the activity may improve your skills
  • If the activity could be funded by other means (for example, the Defence Assisted Study Scheme)
  • how much it costs, and
  • if it is of benefit to Defence.

You may get a refund for travel costs related to these activities, or you may use your Defence Travel Card for approved travel.

What can't I get a refund for?

You can't get a refund for some professional development activities. This includes:

  • activities which may be part of your specialist officer career structure, or
  • non-dental specific computer hardware, software or internet access.

You may get a refund for approved professional development activities up to $10,000 in a financial year. You may get a refund for travel costs related to these activities.

How do I get a refund for my professional development activities?

You must pay for your professional development activities up front. You can get a refund in the same financial year.

Defence may also pay the supplier directly.

More information about this allowance and the refund amount can be found in Chapter 4 Part 8 Division 6.

Important information

As the name suggests, this Member's Guide is designed as a guide to help you understand how your pay and conditions work. It is not a legal document. Therefore, if there is any conflict between the Member's Guide and Defence Determination 2016/19, Conditions of Service (and the Determinations made by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal), as compiled in PACMAN, PACMAN is the authority.

This Member's Guide does not incorporate or make provision for members on a flexible service determination.

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Who do I contact

Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

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