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Army September 13, 2012
No age restriction on leave travel entitlement
THE Government has reinstated recrea-
tional travel leave entitlements for all
single members of the ADF.
The recreation leave travel policy
had been changed on July 1 with an age
restriction introduced for single ADF
members over 21, with the exception of
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said the entitle-
ment had been reinstated following con-
cerns raised by the Defence community.
“Effective immediately, the
Government will reinstate one return trip
each year for single ADF members to visit
family,” Mr Snowdon said.
Head People Capability Maj-Gen
Gerard Fogarty said that Defence had
applied the age limit following a review
of Defence employment conditions policy
to ensure it remained contemporary. The
changes also aligned recreation leave trav-
el entitlements for all services.
“What community engagement follow-
ing the introduction of the age limit for
MWODs highlighted is that there is sig-
nificant community support for a generous
Defence employment package – including
subsidies for older ADF members’ access
to extended family – parents, brothers and
sisters,” Maj-Gen Fogarty said.
“The Australian community places a
high level of value on keeping in touch
with parents and siblings, at all ages or
stages in life.
“We’re committed to an ADF that is
reflective of community values and this
change ensures all ADF members without
dependants, regardless of their age, are
able to undertake one trip a year, within
The only MWODs who can access
more than one trip a year are ADF train-
ees. Defence will continue to place greater
emphasis on their support and they will be
able to access up to three return trips in a
financial/leave year, also within Australia.
“Our policies have always sought to
reflect that an ADF career has implica-
tions on where our people live and the
impact this can have on families,” Maj-
Gen Fogarty said.
“The primary focus of many Defence
policies is on contact with and support for
partners and dependants who are particu-
larly impacted by factors like geographic
mobility, relocations and separation gener-
The change to remove the age limit
applied in July became effective from 13
September and is not retrospective.
More information on recreation leave travel is
available on Defence’s pay and conditions website.
Free to go: Recreational leave travel entitlements for single members over 21 have been reinstated
as of September 13.
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