If you did your phone interview, then you should already have received a letter which will have details of conditions of service in it.
If you cant find it, then here they are in nice easy to read format, and there are more than 6.
And becuase Im such a bloody lovely bloke, Ive also left in the benefits of service as well.
Learn them and love them.
Defence conditions of service and policy
As the primary role of the ADF is the defence of Australia and its interests, all personnel face the possibility of deploying to, or near, war zones should major hostilities occur. While the degree of exposure to combat situations would depend on a number of factors, in many situations, a member of the ADF will be called upon to engage in direct action against enemy forces. Additionally, in peacetime, elements of the ADF may be required to deploy to unstable areas where the risk of violence is high. In these cases, personnel may be required to engage in offensive or defensive action for the protection of themselves and others.
ADF personnel may also be required to participate in other forms of operational activities where a degree of personal risk still exists. Such duties could include major exercises, search and rescue missions and natural disaster relief.
The only possible exception to this requirement is in reference to minors and Reserves (refer to Age
All Navy personnel serve at sea as required. Also some roles such as Marine Specialist, Movements Operator and Missile Number from the Army will require you to go to sea.
Defence Force Discipline Act
ADF personnel are subject to military law, with its own judicial arrangements (Courts) and punishments, in
addition to normal civilian law. Defence personnel are legally bound to follow all lawful commands which may be given at any time and which could involve considerable risk to life. Such orders could require personnel to live, work and fight anywhere in Australia or overseas at short notice.
All new members of the ADF must be able to provide unrestricted service. This means they must be free to be moved or deployed across Australia and overseas if necessary. The implication from this is that a candidate cannot have any civil or criminal restriction placed on them that would limit their ability to provide unrestricted service. Any candidate subject to an order/sentence that impedes unrestricted service in the ADF cannot be processed until such restrictive circumstances cease. Types of such circumstances may include Community Service, Good Behaviour sentence or Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs).
ADF personnel may be required to work long hours, shift work and/or irregular hours. When they carry out such work, there are no penalty rates or overtime paid, but the Service Allowance is intended to compensate the majority of ADF members for the special demands and exigencies of Service life. This includes the requirement to be on call at all times and the need to work long and irregular hours, as required. While most commanders will endeavour to recompense overtime worked with leave (see page 6-7), there is no guarantee that this will occur as a matter of course.
Interdependent relationships and partner’s employment
If applicable, you may be able to apply for recognition of an interdependent relationship, which entitles you and your partner to benefits such as removals and subsidised housing. You should also be aware that service in the ADF can place strain on relationships and posting requirements may impact on my partner’s employment. The ADF recognises same sex relationships. If you have concerns about the impact of service life on your relationship/family, you should discuss these with your Case Manager.
Military and Trade Skills
Throughout their career, members of the ADF are required to acquire and maintain military skills as well as those trade skills and professional qualifications applicable to their employment. Military skills include
competency with weapons, combat proficiencies and drill and ceremonial procedures.
Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS)
All candidates are required to serve an initial minimum period of service dependent on their chosen avenue of entry.
The ADF observes a minimum voluntary recruitment age of 17 years. All minors (under 18 years of age) must have the written consent of their parents or their guardian to join the Services prior to enlistment or appointment. As evidence of proof of age, all persons wishing to join the ADF must present an original or certified copy of their full birth certificate to their Case Manager. The ADF will take all feasible measures to ensure that minors do not participate in hostilities; however there might be times that this will not be possible.
Defence offers wide employment opportunities for both men and women, but currently does not employ women in direct combat roles. The following positions are currently not available to females:
All Royal Australian Infantry Corps
All Royal Australian Armoured Corps
All Royal Australian Artillery Corps
Full Time Combat Engineers (Combat Engineers are defined as those employed in Combat Engineer
Regiments and does not include Construction Units, Engineer Design Units and Facilities Management
Units, Geomatic Engineers and Illustrators).
_ Air Force
Ground Defence Officers
Airfield Defence Guards
Postings and Deployments
ADF posting policy reflects the need to fill current vacancies as well as the need to rotate personnel through operational, staff and training appointments to develop the skills and experience level of Defence Force members. Such rotations are not always possible within the same geographic area. Accordingly, ADF personnel, and their families, will normally experience a number of moves, between different localities, during their career. However the ADF will assist families significantly to mitigate any disruptions due to these rotations by providing removal leave, financial and accommodation assistance.
Deployments of ADF personnel within Australia and overseas occur on a regular basis in response to events such as peacekeeping missions, planned exercises and natural disasters. In many cases, members are required to move at short notice to areas providing only basic amenities. Such deployments will result in separation of members from their families for the period concerned. During such deployments the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides family support.
Medical and Physical Fitness
Medical fitness is a fundamental requirement for entry to, and retention in, the ADF, since all members may be called upon to perform operational service, often at short notice. To be able to fulfil these duties, personnel are required to undertake, to varying degrees, arduous training, both during initial military training (IMT) and initial employment training (IET) on an ongoing basis throughout their career. For such activities, the highest level of medical fitness is required. Those who cannot meet these standards may jeopardise the safety of others or unfairly cause their duties to be performed by others. Any injury or illness permanently affecting a member’s fitness for duty may ultimately result in discharge from the ADF. To assist you maintain the best health, the ADF provides full free medical and dental assistance to ensure you stay healthy.
Equally, high standards of physical fitness are necessary for ADF members to effectively carry out operational tasks to which they have been assigned. All ADF personnel must be capable of achieving and maintaining a prescribed level of physical fitness as a function of operational preparedness. Personnel are required to undergo regular physical assessments to ensure they are maintaining the required level of physical fitness.
Personnel who cannot meet these standards after remedial training will normally face discharge from the ADF.
Dress and Grooming Standards
Teamwork and esprit de corps are among the qualities essential to the proper functioning of any armed service. To foster these attributes and to allow for identification of its members the three Services set out various dress and grooming regulations. By wearing the uniform of their parent Service and by having the same general style of appearance, members of the ADF are given a sense of belonging and being part of an organisation with long standing and proud traditions. Additionally, well-groomed members of the ADF help to promote a sense of confidence and pride in the military among the Australian community.
Normally military dress and grooming regulations will reflect, in a general manner, community trends. However, not all fashions in clothing, accoutrements and appearance will be permissible for ADF personnel when on duty or in uniform. Equally, specific rules may be introduced for certain groups or in special areas to allow for operational, hygiene and safety requirements.
Regulation of Lifestyle
Because the community expects the members of its armed forces to be of the highest calibre, both physically and ethically, the ADF has in place a number of regulations which impact on the lifestyle of military personnel.
These rules relate to areas such as the non-medical use of drugs, consumption of alcohol, unacceptable sexual behaviour and indebtedness. Many of the practices banned by military regulations are sometimes permissible under civil law and in many cases seen by some in the community as an acceptable lifestyle.
Equity, Diversity and Unacceptable Behaviour
The ADF supports and complies with the Federal government legislation and direction regarding the provision of a work environment that is healthy, safe and free from harassment and discrimination. The ADF is committed to the protection of individuals from discrimination, harassment, and unacceptable sexual behaviour and unnecessary danger in the normal course of their duties. Additionally, there are circumstances when fraternisation between members may be contrary to the inherent requirements of ADF service. Any behaviour, which constitutes harassment, discrimination or unacceptable sexual behaviour is not tolerated in the ADF.
Incidents will normally warrant disciplinary and/or administrative action.
Police and Security Checks
Candidates’ police record and security background will be checked during the course of an application. The consent of the candidate is required. The police check is conducted in accordance with the Spent Convictions Legislation. Spent convictions will be considered for positions that require secret and higher security clearances. A security assessment conducted by ASIO will be obtained to determine your suitability for access to national security information and / or a secure area. Personal information provided by you in this application will be treated in strict confidence and will only be used for the purpose outlined in this paragraph.
Criminal Record Offence History
A criminal record and/or an adverse assessment are but two factors taken into account when assessing a person's suitability for entry into the Australian Defence Force. If rejection of your application is being
considered because of a criminal record, then you will be given the opportunity to fully discuss the matter and make any representations before any final decision is made.
Pre-entry Medical Examination
During the selection process your medical fitness will be assessed and you will be required to meet Australian Defence Force medical standards before an offer of appointment or enlistment will be made. Any offer is subject to you maintaining your medical fitness and passing a final medical examination on the day you are appointed or enlisted.
HIV (AIDS) and other Viral Testing
If you are successful in gaining entry to the Australian Defence Force, your offer of enlistment/appointment will be subject to being tested for HIV (the AIDS virus) and other viral infections including Hepatitis B and C before enlistment / appointment. If you have personal objections to HIV or Hepatitis testing, you have the right to withdraw your application at any time prior to being appointed or enlisted.
Australian Defence Force personnel must maintain medical and dental fitness. After entry into the Australian Defence Force, all Service personnel are required to undergo regular dental treatment, inoculation, HIV and Hepatitis testing, re-vaccination and any urgent surgical treatment that may be required as determined by medical authorities.
Drug or solvent misuse is not tolerated and attracts disciplinary action, including dismissal. Defence has a zero tolerance policy to any non-medical use of drugs. This includes abuse of prescription drugs.
Compulsory Drug Testing
At certain times you may be required to provide a urine specimen as part of a Urinalysis Testing Program
(UTP). A positive test result or refusal to provide a proper specimen may constitute grounds for dismissal.
The ADF does not condone alcohol abuse and does not tolerate alcohol consumption practices that may impair a member’s capacity to perform the work allocated to them. Drunkenness and alcohol abuse is taken very seriously and is an offence under the Defence Force Discipline Act. At the same time the ADF recognises society’s attitudes to alcohol consumption and encourages its members to take a sensible and balanced view of the subject.
Return of Service Obligation (ROSO)
Avenues of entry offered by the Australian Defence Force, which involve a lengthy course of study or training, such as the Undergraduate Scheme or the Australian Defence Force Academy, attract a ROSO. A serving member who has completed or partially completed such a course will normally be required to serve for a stipulated period prior to being permitted to leave the Defence Force. This period is normally one year for each completed year of training plus one additional year.
If you unfortunately fail to complete any module of your initial training your ADF service may have to be
terminated. In certain situations, you may however be offered alternative or remedial training.
If for any reason you anticipate that it will be difficult for you to meet the required standards outlined above, you should discuss the issue with your DFR case manager.
Conditions and Benefits of Service (Housing, Leave etc.)
Basic Recreation Leave amounting to 20 working days or four weeks is credited annually for 12 months of service. There are many other types of special purpose leave that may be granted in certain circumstances or used to compensate for arduous, special or prolonged duty. This includes trainee leave, Seagoing and Flying leave, Remote Locality and Field Service leave.
Long Service Leave
Long Service Leave accrues at a rate of nine days per year of service and may be taken after 10 years of
service. Employment with Government Departments and Authorities (Government sponsored) such as
hospitals, councils etc, also count for Long Service Leave Purposes, providing there is not more than 12 months break in continuity between that employment and your joining the ADF.
Recreation Leave Free Travel
A member serving in Australia, whose home location is not in the locality of his or her place of duty, is granted travel at ADF expense to and from the address of his or her home location within Australia, for the purpose of taking Recreation Leave at that home location. In cases where the member's nominated family is permanently resident overseas, the travel entitlement is by entitled means to and from the international terminal in Australia nearest the member's locality of posting from which a flight departs to the overseas locality of the nominated family. Such free travel may be granted at the following frequencies:
a. For members of the Navy serving in remote localities in Australia (including those serving in seagoing
ships based in remote localities) - once in each leave year;
b. For other members of the Navy - twice in each leave year;
c. For members of the Army or Air Force posted to a seagoing ship which is not based in a remote locality -
twice in each leave year; and
d. For other members of the Army or Air Force - once in each leave year.
e. For members with dependants, this provision only applies when they are posted for intermediate or longterm duty and proceed unaccompanied.
Leave Travel for Trainees
A trainee may, subject to Service requirements and course structures, be granted free return travel within Australia to the address of the member's home location during term or semester breaks in the course, or on graduation, on up to three occasions in any period of twelve months' duration. Conditions apply.
Medical and Dental Treatment
The ADF provides, free of cost to you, full medical and dental treatment as is required to keep or restore you, as far as possible, to normal health. Certain procedures, for example, cosmetic surgery is not normally provided at Defence expense.
Married members, members in ADF recognised defacto relationships and certain single members with
dependants (who have been recognised as dependants by the ADF), who are posted to localities where they do not own a suitable home, and in which they intend to maintain a family home, are entitled to accommodation assistance. This assistance may be either the provision of a Married Quarter or payment of a Rental Allowance, if no Married Quarter is available and the member is required to obtain accommodation from the private rental market. To qualify for a Married Quarter, the period of posting must normally be for at least 12 months. If you are posted for a period of less than 12 months, you may receive Temporary Accommodation Allowance or you may be allocated a Married Quarter on a temporary basis if one is available.
Except in tropical, isolated or remote areas, for example, Darwin, Tindal, Alice Springs, Married Quarters are unfurnished. Some Married Quarters are located on base, but most are located in the civilian community. Living-in quarters are normally provided by the ADF to accommodate members without dependants, unaccompanied members and transient personnel, including members who are attached for short periods of duty or training away from their unit location. There is no compulsion to use living-in quarters, except in special circumstances, for example, when undertaking initial military training (IMT) and initial employment training (IET).
There may be times when living-in accommodation is not available due to refurbishment activities or large
personnel movements, resulting in members being required to find accommodation in the private rental market utilising the Rental Allowance (RA) Scheme.
Resettlement into Civilian Employment
The Resettlement Scheme is designed to assist members of the ADF to return to civilian life. The scheme
provides a range of benefits to both long-term and short-term members. These benefits include:
- Transition Resettlement Training – long-term members may be given leave for up to 20 working days to undertake resettlement training. Resettlement training may consist of either formal courses or on-thejob training.
- Financial assistance towards the cost of having a resume prepared by a professional consultant.
- Services’ Vocational and Educational Training Scheme – this scheme provides financial assistance to
members who wish to undertake individual studies in their own time for personal development or
preparation for re-entry into civilian life.
- Resettlement Seminars – all members are eligible to attend a resettlement seminar. These seminars
are conducted in work time, usually over three days and involve a variety of guest speakers who can
provide information on job seeking strategies and investment advice.
Further Education for Serving Members
The Defence Assisted Study Scheme (DASS) exists to encourage Service personnel to undertake educational and training courses which enhance their professional capability.
DASS aims to give Service personnel the opportunity to participate in the general upward movement of
educational levels and to increase their professional effectiveness.
Only members of the ADF on full-time service or on leave from that service (including leave without pay) are eligible for assistance through DASS. Approval may be given for courses of study conducted or arranged by:
a. Australian public education or vocational training institutions including public universities, institutes of
technology, colleges of advanced education and secondary schools; or
b. Any other institution approved on a case-by-case basis by the approving authority, but not private or
overseas institutions when similar courses are reasonably available to the member through public
institutions in Australia.
Financial assistance includes:
a. Compulsory tuition fees,
b. Other compulsory fees levied by the institution, and
c. Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debts.
Normally, 60 per cent of approved fees paid by the member will be reimbursed. On occasions the approving authority may vary the rate of reimbursement to what is appropriate for a given situation. In such cases the member is to be advised of the rate of reimbursement and the reason for any variation, at the time the application is approved. Members are eligible for a maximum study release of 90 hours per semester. Residential segments are to be included in the 90 hours per semester, calculated at 7.5 hours per full day of release.
Up to three hours travelling time may be granted in any week for travel to or from approved study activities where the travel must occur in normal duty time.
The word ‘removal’ is commonly used to mean the entitlement for you, your family and your belongings to be removed from one place to another at ADF expense. Generally a removal is a consequence of a posting. The type of removal that is granted, i.e. furniture and effects or personal effects only, depends on how long you are likely to remain with your family in the new locality after the removal has been undertaken.
Posting Policy reflects the ADF’s need, which is not only to fill vacancies but also to prepare for the future through career development. In this respect, the rotation of personnel through operational units and staff and training jobs is an essential requirement in the peacetime Defence Force. This policy is designed to provide personnel with the maximum exposure to operational and related Service environments, even if only in a training context, whilst ensuring that members are relieved before staleness or fatigue.
Factors taken into consideration when posting personnel include personal preferences, family welfare or
compassionate circumstances. A member's preferences are recorded and reviewed at regular intervals and remain readily accessible to posting planners for consideration. However, personal preferences cannot be the overriding influence on selection. ADF personnel should be aware that on joining the ADF they might be required to move frequently throughout their careers. Although in many cases such moves are anticipated and an attraction to join in the first place, the degree of willingness to accept frequent moves can vary through a member's career depending on family circumstances.
It is in the interests of the ADF that postings be sufficiently long for personnel to develop an understanding of their jobs. This is necessary if we are to develop sound techniques, procedures, doctrines and organisation.
Longer postings also contribute to job satisfaction, family welfare and domestic stability. The posting policy therefore aims at achieving lengthy postings, preferably of three years minimum duration. Postings may be of a lesser period in exceptional circumstances. Every effort is made to provide geographical stability for personnel who have children in the last two years of secondary school.