ADF PAY – Military advocates draw battlelines ahead of negotiations

24 Mar 2017

The Coalition government could be heading for another bruising clash with Australia’s military families over working conditions in the ADF with military advocates warning they will not accept cuts to entitlements in the new workplace deal.

The current “wage determination” for the nation’s 57,000 men and women in uniform expires in November and with early stages of talks set to begin next week, the key defence families lobby group is warning its members will reject any further erosion of “conditions of service.”

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The Defence Force Welfare Association led an unprecedented backlash by tens of thousands of Defence families in late 2014 and early 2015 that forced the then-Abbott government into an embarrassing backdown in its stance on public sector pay and conditions.