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Division 2: Authorised travel on duty and recall to duty from paid leave

9.6.10 Purpose

This Division sets out a member's benefits when they travel by private vehicle.

  1. On duty.

  2. On recall to duty from recreation or long service leave.

Note: This Division does not apply to recall from duty from leave without pay or short absence.

9.6.11 Authorised travel – on duty

  1. A member's travel on duty in a private vehicle may be authorised by the CDF if the use of the vehicle has any of these results.

    1. Greater efficiency.

    2. A saving to the Commonwealth.

    3. No disadvantage to the ADF.

  2. Travel by private vehicle during normal working hours may take longer than it would take by the normal means of travel. In this case, the additional time will be taken off the member's recreation leave. If the travel is to do with Reserve training, the additional time will not be part of the member's training commitment.

  3. For a member on continuous full-time service who does not have to be absent overnight from their normal place of residence, the authorised travel includes any travel between any of these places.

    1. Their normal place of residence.

    2. Their normal place of duty.

    3. The place where their duty is to be performed.

    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.

    Note: The allowance may be reduced by the return cost of public transport from home to work in some cases.

    See: Subsection, Benefit – travel on duty

Persons who can make the decision under subsection on behalf of the CDF:
Director/Commanding Officer or supervisor, not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

9.6.12 Recall from leave

  1. A member recalled to duty from recreation leave or long service leave is taken to be on duty when they travel from the leave location to the place of duty and back again. The duty begins when they begin travel.

  2. If the member is authorised to use a private vehicle for the journeys in subsection 1, they are eligible for vehicle allowance.

  3. The member may have costs on those journeys they would not otherwise have paid. In this case, they may be reimbursed up to what they would have been paid if they had travelled on duty by the normal means.

    Note: Payment is subject to the limits in Division 5 section 9.6.28, Limit to benefit.

9.6.13 Benefit – travel on duty

  1. For authorised travel on duty, a member is eligible for these amounts.

    1. Vehicle allowance at the rate worked out under Division 5 section 9.6.25.

    2. Any increase that applies under Division 5 section 9.6.26.

    3. Additional costs, if the use of the vehicle results in greater efficiency or a saving to the Commonwealth.

  2. This subsection is about reducing the allowance by the return cost of public transport from home to work, in some cases. The benefit must be reduced if both of these circumstances exist.

    1. The travel does not require an overnight absence (see subsection

    2. The total distance travelled is more than the distance from the member's normal place of duty and return by the normal means of travel.

  3. The benefit must be reduced by the amount that the travel between the member's normal place of residence and normal place of duty would have cost by public transport.

Application to Reservists: Yes.


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

  • AE505, Travel Request Form

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