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Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

Reserve Allowance

Reserve allowance makes up for the special demands and conditions of Reserve service.

Who can get Reserve allowance?

You may get Reserve allowance if you are:

  • a member of the Reserves on continuous full-time service, or
  • a member of the Reserves on Reserve service, and
  • your rank is Major or lower, and
  • you are required for and attend duty.

What does Reserve allowance make up for?

Reserve allowance makes up for:

  • the need to be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • working long and irregular hours, including weekends, public holidays and shifts
  • the effect that Reserve service has on your civilian employment and your family
  • service discipline and control
  • hard living and working conditions, and/or
  • absence from home.

You may get a daily rate of allowance.

Can I get other allowances at the same time?

If you get Reserve allowance, you can't get Service allowance.

More information about this allowance can be found in Chapter 4 Part 2 Part B Division 11.

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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