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Employment Conditions


What is the salary scale?

There is a salary scale for each level and salary increases occur every year in line with the Defence Enterprise Agreement (DEA) 2017 - 2020.

What are the leave entitlements?

There are several leave provisions provided under the Defence Enterprise Agreement (DEA) These include annual, sick  leave, parental and maternity leave. There is flexibility offered such as leave without pay and purchasing up to 4 weeks annual leave.

What are the study leave options?

Defence encourages learning and development through allowances such as StudyBank. Most employees are eligible for up to 180 hours of study leave per year.

What are the standard working hours?

The standard hours are 37.5 hours per week. There is flexibility offered around these hours, employees can work anywhere from 7am to 7pm depending on the area and arrangements with your supervisor. There are also provisions to accumulate flex-time.

I am moving from another APS Agency to Defence. Can I transfer my personal leave?

Before making the decision to accept a move to Defence, you should speak to your human resources/personnel area. They can confirm exactly what entitlements can or cannot be transferred.

Personal leave credits accrued or deemed to have accrued during eligible prior employment with another APS agency (as defined by the Public Service Act 1999); the Parliamentary Service (as defined by the Parliamentary Service Act 1999) the ACT Government Service or Australian Signals Directorate, will be carried over provided there is no break between finishing that employment and starting with Defence. The Australian Public Service Commission site includes a list of agencies that engage employees under the Public Service Act.

All Defence’s accrual arrangements for personal leave are based on the specifications in the Defence Enterprise Agreement (DEA).