We recognise that getting paid well is important. We offer a competitive benefits package to help with the little, and not so little, things in life.

Defence provides:

  • Competitive salary rates that are subject to periodic increases in accordance with the current Defence Non-SES Employees Determination 2023, with opportunities for advancement through pay points at each classification for eligible staff.

Public Service (Section 24(1) - Defence Non-SES Employees) Determination 2023 (No. 1) (PDF, 413.19 KB)

  • Up to 15.4% superannuation contribution.
  • Additional financial allowances that recognise the unique nature or service of some roles or workplaces, e.g. first aid officer, language proficiency, electrical licence.
  • Financial support for relocation available to assist employees required to move to another locality in their employment with Defence.
  • Remote locality benefits, including additional allowances and leave, to acknowledge the additional challenges that can come with working in a location that Defence has determined to be remote.
  • Salary packaging and salary advance (to cover the cost of public transport or a bicycle to get to and from work) opportunities.
  • Flexible working arrangements (subject to the nature of the inherent requirements of the role). These arrangements may include flexible work hours between 7am and 7 pm, flexible work locations including the option to work from home, and flexible work patterns.
  • Standard working hours of 37.5 hours per week. There are opportunities for flex time for APS level 1-6 employees, and negotiated time-off-in-lieu for executive level employees, for those hours worked in addition to the standard working week.
  • Generous leave provisions including:
    • 20 days of annual leave (with the opportunity to purchase more)
    • 15 days of personal/carers leave
    • up to 14 weeks maternity/adoption/fostering leave
    • up to 4 weeks paid parental leave
    • additional day of Defence leave per calendar year
    • Christmas stand down period provided as an additional paid break during the Christmas/New Year period
    • 3 months long service leave for employees with over 10 years of eligible Government service, with an additional 9 calendar days of long service leave accrued each year after the initial 10 years
    • 5 weeks paid ADF reserve leave per year (to fulfil service obligations in the ADF Reserves)
    • options for leave without pay.
  • Investment in your career and personal development at all stages of your career.


Defence Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 (PDF, 689.33 KB)