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Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

Travelling leave

You may get travelling leave if you travel at Defence expense for longer than 12 hours.

This means you can use all your recreation or compassionate leave at your destination. Travelling leave can only be granted for the time it would take you to travel by the most economical means.

Who can get travelling leave?

You may get travelling leave if you are a member of the:

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

When can I get travelling leave?

You may get travelling leave when you get:

  • recreation leave travel in Australia
  • compassionate travel
  • pre-deployment leave travel
  • travel for removal purposes in Australia
  • return travel to Australia from a deployment, or
  • return travel to Australia while on compassionate leave.

When can't I get travelling leave?

You can’t get travelling leave for:

  • reunion travel, or
  • remote location leave travel.

How much travelling leave can I get?

You may get up to six days travelling leave. It depends on how long you travel by the most direct, economical route.

If you are in the Navy and your travelling time is more than 48 hours, you'll only get travelling leave once a year.

Travelling leave includes weekends and public holidays.

More information about travelling leave can be found in Chapter 5 Part 9 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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Defence Service Centre

1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362)

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