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  1. This Division contains an overview of benefits for members who join the ADF.

  2. The Member's Guide to ADF Pay and Conditions of Service is a first point of reference to learn about how the conditions of service package works. The Member's Guide is not a legal authority, but is written to help members understand ADF conditions of service. It does not give detailed information, only an overview. Most ADF conditions are given legal authority by the determinations published in this manual.

    Note: The Member's Guide may contain material that is outdated or incomplete and is not to be relied upon as a substitute for legal instruments that contain authoritative statements on ADF pay and conditions of service.



A member who is enlisted, appointed or promoted to a particular rank is entitled to salary at the minimum rate in the salary scale for the rank. In some situations, a salary above the minimum may be approved.



A member may be provided with housing assistance throughout their career. The member has to pay standard rates of contribution towards the cost, wherever they are posted. The assistance received will depend on rank, dependant status and the type of housing provided.

Exception: Housing assistance is not provided to members who own a suitable home in their posting location.


  1. ADF members are required to advise Defence, through their Commanding Officer whether or not they have dependants. Many conditions of service will differ depending on whether or not a member has dependants. This information is used only to decide what conditions of service the member is eligible for.

  2. It is possible to have benefits based on a member's partnership, including a de facto marriage or a partnership with a person of the same gender. To do this the member will need to have their relationship formally recognised by Defence.

Pay and conditions manual

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