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Division 3: Post-deployment leave travel

9.4.20 Purpose

This Division allows a member to travel within Australia when leave has been granted on return from service in a prescribed area overseas. A member is granted war service leave (if eligible) and recreation leave on their return. No additional leave credits are provided on return to Australia.

9.4.21 Benefit

  1. A member is eligible for post-deployment leave travel if all of the following apply.

    1. The member has returned to Australia from an area that attracted pre-deployment leave.

    2. If the member has nominated family — the nominated family is not at the member's place of duty.

    3. The member will not be going to a place that would require the member to isolate on their return to their place of duty.

    1A.   Post-deployment leave travel is the cost of travel from the member’s location in Australia to one of the following.

    1. If the member's nominated family is in Australia — to the location of their nominated family.

    2. If the member has no nominated family — to the nearest capital city.

  2. Post-deployment leave travel is provided on a door-to-door basis.

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

9.4.22 Member must use recreation leave travel if available

For travel to be granted under section 9.4.21, the member must have no recreation leave travel benefit left. If a member has a recreation leave travel benefit, they must use it instead of post-deployment travel.

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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