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Division 3: Travel on maternity leave

9.3.24 Purpose

This Division provides a travel benefit for a member who travels to access extended family support during a period of maternity leave.

9.3.25 Member this Division applies to

  1. This Division applies to a member without dependants who is pregnant.

  2. For the purpose of the return trip, the Division continues to apply to the member after the pregnancy ends, although the member may have become a member with dependants because of the child.

9.3.26 Travel on maternity leave

  1. A member this Division applies to is eligible for a return trip to a location in Australia. The trip must be in connection with the member's maternity leave.

  2. The Commonwealth assistance for the maternity leave travel is limited to both the following amounts.

    1. The cost of travel by the most economical means.

    2. Door-to-door travel costs.

    3. See: Part 1 section 9.1.12, Door-to-door travel

9.3.27 Transfer of benefit

  1. The pregnant member may choose to transfer their benefit to their nominated family. This is to allow one or more of the nominated family to travel from their home to the location where the member serves, and back again.

  2. The Commonwealth will pay only up to what the member would have been eligible for under section 9.3.26, Travel on maternity leave, for the transferred benefit.

Application to Reservists: Yes, n continuous full-time service.


Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.

  • AE505, Travel Request form

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