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This Part defines terms and explains concepts used in Chapters 1 to 17.

Terms not defined in this Part

  1. Special definitions about overseas conditions of service are in Chapter 12 Part 3.

  2. The Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and the Defence Act 1903 contain definitions of other terms that may apply.

    Example 1: The Defence Act 1903 defines member, officer, remuneration, the Permanent Forces and the Reserves.

    Example 2: The Acts Interpretation Act 1901 specifies how to work out periods of time and defines some commonly used words, including Australia, month, calendar year, financial year, the Commonwealth.

  3. If a term is not defined anywhere in this manual or other legislation, it has the same meaning as in the Macquarie Dictionary.

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