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ADF Member's Guide

Unpredictable explosives allowance

Unpredictable explosives allowance makes up for the stress and risk associated with unpredictable explosive devices.

Who can get unpredictable explosives allowance?

You may get unpredictable explosives allowance if you are a member of the:

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

When can I get unpredictable explosives allowance?

You may get unpredictable explosives allowance if you:

  • hold a qualification for searching for unpredictable explosives
  • hold a qualification for rendering safe or disposing of unpredictable explosives
  • are likely to conduct low or high risk searches for unpredictable explosives, and/or
  • perform activities involving unpredictable explosives.

You may get an annual rate or an occurrence rate of allowance.

There are limits on how many times you may get the on occurrence allowance.

Can I get other allowances at the same time?

If you get unpredictable explosives allowance and clearance diver allowance or Special Forces disability allowance, you will get whichever rate is higher.

If you get unpredictable explosives allowance, you may not get other allowances at the same time. This includes:

  • adventurous training instructor allowance
  • arduous conditions instructor allowance
  • boarding party allowance
  • diving allowance
  • field allowance
  • flying disability allowance
  • paratrooper allowance
  • maritime disability allowance
  • maritime sustainability allowance, and/or
  • submarine escape allowance.

More information about this allowance is available in Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division 15.

More information about the rates can be found in Chapter 4 Part 2 Part F.

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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