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Division 1: Purpose, eligible members and definitions

5.4.3 Purpose

Recreation leave allows a member time to rest for a substantial period each year or to attend to personal matters. A period of leave should help them remain efficient and effective in their duties.

5.4.4 Members this Part applies to

  1. This Part applies to a member on continuous full-time service, and includes the CDF.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member on continuous full-time service may be described as a member 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.

  3. Despite subsection 1, in any period when a person holds one of the following statutory offices, only the rules about leave in Divisions 7 and 8 apply.

    1. The Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

    2. A Service Chief.

      Note: The crediting and accrual of leave for these officers is provided in Remuneration Tribunal Determinations.

    Division 7, Administration for payment of recreation leave
    Division 8, Payment or transfer of recreation leave credit

5.4.5 Members this Part does not apply to

This Part does not apply to a member who meets any of these criteria.

  1. They are undertaking a term of medical residency or a postgraduate internship at a hospital.

  2. They are on Reserve service.

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

  4. They are on non-effective service.

5.4.6 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Part.

Term Definition in this Part
Leave year The 12 months from 1 July to 30 June.
Non-effective service

A period of more than 24 hours when the member is in any of these situations.

  1. On unpaid leave.
  2. Absent without leave.
  3. Suspended, on detention or in prison immediately before a conviction.
  4. On detention or in prison after a conviction.
  5. On a nonworking period.
Start date
  1. For a period of recreation leave: the first day of the member's absence.
  2. For payment instead of recreation leave to the member: the earliest of these dates.
    1. The day the member begins career transition training.
    2. The day they are transferred to a transition centre.
    3. The day they begin a period of recreation leave or long service leave that is immediately before they cease continuous full-time service
    4. The day they cease continuous full-time service.
Note: This definition refers to when the eligibility for payment arises. The actual payment takes longer.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.

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