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Part 4: Leave travel

9.4.1 Overview

This Part details the travel benefits that a member can use with their leave.

9.4.2 Definitions

In this Part, the following apply.

Place of duty means one of the following.

  1. If the member has been posted to the place of duty, their posting location.

  2. If the member has not been posted to the place of duty, the area surrounding the place of duty that would be their posting location had the member been posted there.

9.4.3 Nominated family

  1. The location where a member's nominated family normally lives is important for recreation leave travel. It is used to decide where the member can travel to at Commonwealth expense.

  2. This table shows who a member's nominated family is.

    Nominated family
    Item If the member... then...
    1. has no spouse or partner and no children their nominated family is their parents, or another person the CDF approves under section 9.4.4, as their closest relative.
    2. has no spouse or partner but has dependent children living with them the member is not eligible for recreation leave travel because the member would be categorised as a member with dependants.
    3. has no spouse or partner, and has children not living with them their nominated family is their children, or another person the CDF approves under section 9.4.4 as their closest relative.
    4. has a spouse or partner, but is categorised as member without dependants because the couple do not normally live together their nominated family is their spouse or partner.
    Note: A member of a couple might be categorised as a member without dependants in some situations (see Chapter 8).
  3. If the member's nominated family normally live at separate locations, the member may alternate between those locations.

    Examples: Divorced parents, or children who live at different locations.

    Note: If the member's nominated family normally live overseas, see section 9.4.14, Member with family overseas.

  4. The member must notify any relevant change in family circumstances. A relevant change is one which could affect their eligibility for recreation leave travel.

    See: Chapter 1 Part 5 section 1.5.3, Change in member's circumstances

    Example: The member's nominated family moves to another location. The nominated family is the same, but the destination for leave travel changes.

9.4.4 CDF approval of closest relative

  1. This section applies to a member whose nominated family would be a parent or child (see item 1 or 4 of the table in section 9.4.3). It applies only if the CDF is satisfied on either of these two grounds.

    1. It is not practical for the member to visit the relative, or the member is estranged from the relative.

      Example: There is a long-term family dispute leading to a complete relationship breakdown.

      Non-example: The member does not want to visit the relative. They prefer to visit a friend somewhere else.

    2. The member has closer ties to a person other than the relative.

  2. The CDF may approve a person as the member's closest relative. The CDF must consider the nature and length of their relationship. Any of these relationships could apply.

    1. Blood.

      Example: A grandparent who was the member's primary carer as a child.

    2. Law.

      Examples: An adoptive relationship, a guardianship, a foster parenting relationship.

    3. Traditional kinship.

      Example: An uncle or guardian recognised by the Aboriginal community to which the member belongs.

    Note: An approval under this section is expected to apply long-term. The member should only seek a new approval after a significant change in family circumstances.

9.4.4A Interaction with other travel and reunion benefits

The combined total number of the following travel must not exceed seven in the same 12 month period under subsection

  1. Recreation leave travel under Division 1.

  2. Remote location leave travel under Division 4.

  3. Reunion travel for members under Part 3 Division 4.

  4. Note: For the purpose of counting the number of trips, one reunion travel credit is equal to one trip.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection and subsection on behalf of the CDF:
Director/Commanding Officer not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on 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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