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5.10.3 Purpose

5.10.4 Grant of leave without pay


In the total workforce system, a member on Reserve service may be described as a member in Service category 3, 4 or 5. A member on Service option C is not a member on Reserve service.


In the total workforce system, continuous full-time service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.


Example: Lack of suitable child care facilities at a posting location.


Example: A member takes 12 weeks' paid maternity leave, then 40 weeks as unpaid maternity leave, not leave without pay.

5.10.5 Leave without pay to accompany spouse or partner on posting

5.10.6 Allowances during leave without pay


Example: Reimbursement of education costs for a child.

5.10.7 Effects on other conditions of service – summary


Example: Absence without leave, custody, imprisonment.


1. A member should refer to Service instructions for the effect of leave without pay on these conditions.

  1. Completion of another rank engagement.
  2. A return of service obligation.
  3. A member's seniority for promotion.
  4. The grant of rank on retirement.
  5. The award of medals or decorations.

2. A member who is going or planning to go on a period of leave without pay should contact the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) to confirm the effects of the leave on their superannuation benefits and contributions.

CSC can be contacted on:
Military Super: 1300 006 727
DFRDB: 1300 001 677


Rule 7 of the Military Super and Benefits Scheme Rules sets out when a member can pay superannuation contributions during leave without pay.

5.10.8 Payment of charges


Example: Contributions for Service residences, rent allowance or living-in accommodation and meals. Higher rates of member contributions may apply.

Pay and conditions manual

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