CODE 2, VOL 34, NO 30 : 16 july 2020


The following information is for members in South East, Central, Northern, Far Northern and South Western regions.

Members in Brisbane and North Coast regions are already receiving this entitlement, and can disregard this newsletter.


If you are rostered to backfill a role (at rank or as higher duties) at a station/office that is further from your home than your normal station/office, you can claim the motor vehicle allowance for the additional travel.

Your “normal station” (work location) is the station/office you are normally rostered at. 

To calculate the “additional travel”, you need to find the distance between your home and the further station, and subtract the distance you normally travel to work (between your home and your normal station). To be clear, you can’t claim the allowance for all the travel, just the ‘extra’ travel.

The rate of motor vehicle allowance is 80c/km for motor vehicles, and 27c/km for motorbikes.  

For each period of backfilling, you should make a separate claim.

As part of the settlement, QFES will pay all motor vehicle allowance claims incurred within the last 12 months.

Ensure that your claim form is submitted within 12 months of the date that you completed the backfilling.


1. Download and fill in the claim form here

2. If your claim covers a period of less than 5 tours, submit the form to your Area Commander for approval.

3. If your claim covers a period of more than 5 tours (‘extended relieving’), email your claim form to your regional AC, and “cc” in your Area Commander. In the email, list the dates that you were required to backfill, and the reason that you were required to fill the role (i.e. LSL cover or long-term sick leave). Request approval from the AC for payment of the allowance for the entire relieving period, not just the first 5 tours. If this request is denied, contact the UFUQ state office.

If you need any more clarification, refer to directive 20/16 here and to the terms of the dispute settlement, or contact your branch reps.

John Oliver - General Secretary

Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary 
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD