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Division 3: Accompanied travel

13.2.13 Spouse accompanying member on short-term duty overseas

  1. A member is not eligible to have their spouse or partner accompany them at Commonwealth expense on short-term duty overseas.

    Exception: The CDF may approve travel for a spouse or partner to accompany the member at Commonwealth expense for representational purposes. Approval may only be given if the CDF is satisfied that it is demonstrably in the interests of the Commonwealth, given the purpose of the travel, for the member to be accompanied by their spouse or partner.

  2. If the CDF approves accompanied travel on short-term duty overseas, the member is eligible for all the following, as applicable.

    1. The reasonable additional cost of accommodation (including for rest periods).

    2. The spouse's or partner's transportation cost by the same mode and class of travel as the member. This is the only transportation cost payable for the member's spouse or partner.

    3. Costs incurred for meals, up to the same daily limit as the member's meal costs benefit under Annex 13.3.A for short-term duty overseas.

      See: Annex 13.3.A, Travel costs

Note: Accountable Authority Instruction (AAI) 16 - Official travel must be taken into consideration when undertaking or approving travel.

Application to Reservists: Yes.

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