Pay & Allowances

In the ADF you'll earn a good salary from day one, plus generous superannuation and a comprehensive package of allowances and benefits that's hard to match in the civilian world.

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In addition to your salary you'll receive allowances to cover the unique needs of military life and looking after your uniform. More allowances are provided for exercises and deployments and if in the Navy, for time posted to a ship or submarine. Generous subsidies are also provided for accommodation and housing - both on and off base - and all members enjoy a comprehensive range of leave entitlements, including maternity leave.

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Get paid to acquire skills

Every member of the ADF gets paid to train in their Service and their job. This includes time spent gaining trade qualifications in the ADF, or a degree through the Australian Defence Force Academy or Defence University Sponsorship. Click on the links below for more.

Enjoy many other benefits

Free medical and dental care

Receive expert care from ADF doctors, dentists and nurses working in modern, well-equipped clinics and hospitals.

Free fitness facilities

On base you'll find gyms, courts and pools, along with teams you can join including netball, rugby and Australian Rules.

Subsidised accommodation

You may have to move around during your ADF career, so we provide assistance with the costs of housing and moving.

Opportunities to travel

Exploring new places and cultures, across Australia and overseas, is one of the biggest perks of working with the ADF.

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