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Pay and Conditions

ADF Member's Guide

Service Allowance

Service allowance makes up for the special demands and conditions of life in the ADF.

Who can get Service allowance?

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

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

Who can't get Service allowance?

You won't get Service allowance if you don't get a salary. You also won't get it if you are:

  • getting a trainee allowance
  • a Reservist on Reserve Service
  • a Lieutenant Colonel or above, or
  • a Chaplain Division 3 or above.

What does Service allowance make up for?

Service 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
  • frequent postings, often at short notice and the effect this has on you and your family
  • service discipline and control
  • hard living and working conditions, or
  • frequent absence from home.

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

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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