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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr Clyde Cameron n asked the Acting Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What pay and allowances are payable lo tha various ranks of the Australian armed forces fighting in Vietnam?

2.   Is he able to state the total pay and allowances payable to their counterparts, in the United States forces engaged in Vietnam?

Mr Hulme - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Both the Army and R.A.A.F. have members serving in Vietnam. The daily rates of pay and allowances for the various ranks in South Vietnam, which range up to and include the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and Squadron Leader in the R.A.A.F., are -

(a)   Active pay -


Note. - Full rations and quarters are provided for members in addition to these rates. If not provided, appropriate allowances are paid. (See below.)

(b)   Allowances -

In addition to the foregoing active rates of pay, members of the forces in Vietnam receive the following daily allowances -


2.   The distribution of duties and skills in the Australian and United States forces is not identical. Further, in the same way as Australian Service pay is calculated in relation to domestic conditions, the American Service pay is based on civilian wage levels and the expenditure patterns and the cost of living conditions within the United States. However, for the honorable member's information, the following are the approximate equivalents in Australian currency of the daily rate of United States Army personnel from private to lieutenant colonel.


Proficiency pay for special skills ranging from 15s. to 45s. per day is paid in addition to approximately 10 per cent. of those serving in the ranks of sergeant to master sergeant.

Allowances -

Family separation allowance - 9s. per day all ranks.

Flying pay - From 16s. to 49s. per day according to rank.

Hostile fire pay - 19s. 6d. per day all ranks who are subject to or in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire.

Overseas duty allowance - 2s. 4d. to 6s. 6d. per day (other ranks only - according to rank).

Basic allowance for quarters (for personnel with dependents not provided with Government quarters) - 27s. to 54s. per day according to


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