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August 4, 2011
By FLTLT Julia Ravell
WEARY reservists returning
from deployment, exercise or
operational service are now eli-
gible for paid reserve days to
The new conditions of service provision
was approved on July 6 and is now included
in the Pay and Conditions Manual.
This provision can also be applied to
reservists performing duties at a location
away from their place of residence over a
weekend, public holiday or rostered day off in
Previously, there was no allowance in
reserve days made for the time needed to
recuperate from a deployment or for when it
wasn't practical to return home between duty
Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support
Division staff officer SQNLDR Barry
Robinson said the new provision was a "wel-
come measure" for the ADF to meet its duty
of care for reserve members.
"In the past, reservists who came back
from intense deployments had to return to
their civil workplaces and only have time to
recuperate at their own expense," SQNLDR
"Fatigued workers can be a risk to work-
place health and safety. This provision will
look after our duty towards reservists and help
avoid workplace accidents that could occur
when a reservist goes back to their civilian
job after working long and difficult hours for
The change is expected to benefit the
morale, health and safety of reservists in these
"If the member has to perform Defence
duties during the days immediately before or
after a weekend or similar break, and it isn't
practical for them to return home, they may
be entitled to be paid for the full time spent
away from home," SQNLDR Robinson said.
Deputy Director Reserves -- Navy, com-
manding officers or activity supervisors will
hold the delegation to decide which reserv-
ists will be granted benefits under these new
Reserves to be paid for recuperation
Defence Charity Ball
THE Australian Defence Charity Ball will be held
at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
on September 10 to raise funds for Legacy. The tri-
service event will feature entertainment from Darryl
Braithwaite and band, Gretel Killeen and the RAN
Band, as well as a range of activities including dis-
plays from Air Force military working dog puppies
and Navy divers. For more information visit www.
Sailors support ladies day
SAILORS from HMAS Coonawarra celebrated
women in the ADF at a ladies day function hosted
by the Darwin Turf Club on July 13. The sailors
welcomed racegoers to the event, performed a cho-
reographed display supporting a fashion parade and
presented the spoils of winning the first race to the
FLYING THE FLAG FOR NAVY: SMNET Alice
Page and SMNWTR Gabrielle Foote from HMAS
Coonawarra take time out between commitments
during the Darwin Turf Club's ladies day.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
ADF parents are able to access the Government's
Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Scheme, which provides
up to 18 weeks of parental leave pay at the national
minimum wage without affecting Defence-specific
The scheme is available to eligible working par-
ents who are the primary carers of children born or
adopted from January 1 this year.
Despite its title, the scheme does not provide
leave, but provides a payment to complement other
types of leave -- paid or unpaid -- including maternity,
adoption, parental, annual and long service leave.
It is separate from Defence's parental and mater-
nity leave provisions. Receipt of PPL does not affect
access to any of the Defence provisions.
The eligible parent must be absent from work
on paid or unpaid leave or on a break in training for
reservists to receive the pay. It must be taken in one
continuous period from the date of birth or adoption
of the child.
If the parent returns to duty before the end of the
18 weeks, their pay will stop.
Personnel wishing to claim PPL scheme pay-
ments must do so via the Family Assistance Office.
Information about eligibility can be found at www.
Before lodging claims through the FAO, personnel
should discuss leave intentions with their supervisors.
More information is provided in DEFGRAM 468/2011.
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