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Part 4: Living-in accommodation

7.4.1 Overview

  1. A member may be required to live in at a barracks or similar accommodation provided by the ADF. Some members may choose to live in.

  2. This Part details who may live in, their level of accommodation, contribution, responsibilities and rights.

  3. This Part also includes rules about the following situations.

    1. When a member must live in.

      Division 2 section 7.4.8, Member required to live in
      Annex 7.4.A, Licence to live in

    2. When a member may choose to live in.

      Division 2 section 7.4.9, Member who may choose to live in
      Annex 7.4.A, Licence to live in

    3. The standard and type of living in accommodation that may be available to a member.

      See: Division 3, Suitable living-in accommodation

    4. The contributions a member must make for the living-in accommodation.

      Division 4, Contribution for living-in accommodation
      Division 5, Exemptions from contribution

    5. Special rules for members based on the condition and location of their ship or nuship.

      See: Division 6, Members posted to seagoing ships and nuships

7.4.2 Principles for the provision of living-in accommodation

  1. Living-in accommodation is provided to meet the operational, training and duty of care responsibilities of Defence.

  2. Members who live in are subject to the responsibilities and conditions that apply under the licence to live in provisions.

  3. Members occupying living-in accommodation make a contribution based on rank, number of beds per room and the level of accommodation.

7.4.4 Definitions

This table defines terms used in this Part.

Term Definition in this Part
Accommodation manager means a person responsible for managing living-in accommodation on behalf of the Department of Defence.
The person may be any of the following persons.
  1. An employee, agent, subcontractor of a contracted service provider, or person authorised to act on behalf of the contracted service provider.
  2. An ADF member or an APS employee whose duties require them to manage living-in accommodation.
Common areas means areas inside and outside of the accommodation buildings which can be used or accessed by the member.
These areas can include, but is not restricted to, any of the following.
  1. Barbeque areas.
  2. Laundries and clothesline areas.
  3. Car parks.
  4. Common rooms.
Contracted service provider means a body corporate, including a joint venture, that manages living-in accommodation under a contract with Defence. The contracted service provider may not actually own the property which the member lives in.
Defence means the Commonwealth, as represented by the Department of Defence, and includes the contracted service provider, unless otherwise stated.
Key includes an access card or a keypad access code.
Licence is the name for the rights and responsibilities that attach to a benefit granted to the member when they are permitted to live in.
Note: A licence under this Part does not come in the form of a paper document.
Service property has the meaning given in the purposes of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 and includes living-in accommodation, and any furnishings and fixtures that are in the accommodation.
Fair wear and tear means the normal deterioration of an element of the room or building due to the ageing process and use.
Non-fair wear and tear means the faster deterioration of an element of the room or building caused by neglect or mistreatment.

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


Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.

  • AE681, ADF Categorisation Change and Approval to Live-In/Live-Out

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