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Members are to follow the travel policy in relation to the use of the Defence Travel card published on TravelConnect.

13.3.6 Travel costs while living out



  1. See section 13.3.8 limits on travel costs.

  2. See section 13.3.9 for maximum costs for incomplete days at the start and end of the period of duty at a location overseas.

  3. For a member travelling to Australia on short-term duty see Chapter 9 Part 5, Payment of travel costs.

  4. A member may choose use their Defence Travel Card to either pay for meals and incidentals directly to the vendor, or to withdraw the funds up to the amount specified in the relevant sections.

13.3.7 Allowance to pay for travel costs



  1. The member must keep receipts to show their accommodation costs.

  2. Unless a reimbursement is required, receipts are not required for meal and incidental costs.

13.3.8 Limits on benefits


Example: An in-flight meal on an overseas flight is a meal provided in the fare payable for the travel.


Example: The member stays privately at their aunt's home while on short-term duty overseas. They are not to use cash withdrawn from the travel card to pay their aunt for the accommodation.


Example: A member must fly from Perth to Sydney to get to New York for short-term duty. They must use their benefit under Chapter 9 Part 5 to pay costs for the Perth–Sydney flight. They must then use this Part for their journey from Sydney to New York. Their eligibility for business class travel is not affected by this Part.

13.3.9 Reduced rates for meals on day of arrival or departure

13.3.10 Reduced eligibility for incidentals


Example: A member is on posting in Washington DC. They travel on business to Seattle. They get half the listed rate for incidental costs for the trip.


Example: A member has been on short-term duty in Washington DC for 21 days. They travel on duty to Chicago for two-day conference, which they attend as planned. When they return, they still have five days on the full incidental rate before the rate drops to half.

Non-example: A member has been on short-term duty in New Delhi for 15 days. They are advised to undertake short-term duty in Colombo for three days. For reasons beyond their control, the duty in Colombo takes eight days. This breaks continuity for paragraph 2.a. When they return to New Delhi, they have a further 28 days on the full incidental rate before the rate drops to half.

13.3.11 Additional travel costs


Example 1: A member is required to accompany the Minister, Secretary, CDF, VCDF or a Service Chief. They may be allowed to use the travel card to buy accommodation at the same hotel as the person they are working with.

Example 2: A member is required to lead a delegation overseas. They may be allowed to use the travel card to pay for a hotel suite for extra office space.

13.3.12 Top-up of costs paid by another organisation

13.3.13 Travel costs when in hospital


Example: Ongoing hotel costs for retaining accommodation or storing baggage.

Confirming actual travel costs


If a member has used their travel card to pay for travel costs, all of the following apply.

  1. They must confirm their costs using the Department of Defence’s card management system within 28 days after their short-term duty overseas ends.

  2. If the member has spent more than they were eligible for (including any extra amount approved by CDF), they must repay the difference.

13.3.15 Part-day travel


Example: A Lieutenant Colonel leaves home at 0600 to travel to a meeting in another city. The member returns home at 2100. The member is away from home for 15 hours. The member is eligible for part-day travelling allowance.

13.3.16 Travelling allowance while occupying living-in accommodation

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