ADF wanted more pay but avoided ‘battle’, hearing told

15 Oct 2014

Defence force remuneration tribunal hears ADF gave in to Abbott government demands to avoid back-pay issues

The Australian defence force (ADF) would have liked to secure better salary increases for its troops but chose not to “battle on” with the government to avoid back-pay issues, a tribunal has been told.

The defence force remuneration tribunal is considering a proposal to grant the nation’s military personnel pay rises of 1.5% a year in return for removal of some leave entitlements. Inflation is currently running at 3%.