This is the Australian services messes rules. This lesson is given during in attending Austfamil class in DITC RAAF WILLIAMS Laverton Melbourne Victoria Australia. I believe this lesson will give a knowledge for us as a military member.






When you first join the mess, make sure that you meet the PMC or CMC.

When you enter a mess and the PMC/CMC or the unit commander is present, it is considered good manners to pay your respects to them.

Head dress is not worn in messes.

All messes in the ADF are a non-smoking environment.

Officers can visit the Sergeants or Ors Messes only if invited by the PMC or CMC and with the CO/OC’s approval

The mess is a meeting place where personnel should relax and socialise with each other.

All messes have rules specific to that mess.

Dress requirements vary according to the climate and the occasion

Members are expected to use mature judgement and exercise good taste with regard to dress.







Breakfast       : Uniform(Dress of the Day)

Lunch              : Uniform

Dinner             : Uniform or Civilian dress



Dress not permitted in the Mess:


Denim Clothing

Shirts with advertising logos

Shirts without collars

Flying jackets

Tarmac jackets

Wind or spray jackets



Open-toed sandals


Carpet slippers


Ugh boots/ciaks

Sporting footwear


The wearing of jeans is permitted between stand down Friday  and Sunday night, with the exception of  attending the evening meals.








Australia Eating Habits


            Breakfast                   (early morning)

            Lunch                          (mid-day)

            Dinner(Tea)               (evening)







Fruit Juice



A light meal for example, bacon and eggs






 These two meals are very much alike.

Either may be a light meal or a full meal.


The Full Meal



Main Course





Table Etiquette


Place serviette on lap

Hold cutlery correctly

Bread rolls are broke, not cut

Meat is cut, not sawn

Bread is not used to wipe plate

Replace used cutlery correctly



The Dining Table


Greetings     : Good morning,  good afternoon and good evening

Serviette      :  Please pass the……., thank you. What’s in this dish? Is there pork in this dish?

Stewards      : always be polite

Conversation:  try to use English at the dining table even when talking to your countrymen

Leaving          : excuse yourself.




Dinner Table Etiquette – the 10 DO’s!



1.                  Once seated, unfold your napkin and use it for occasionally wiping your lips or fingers. At the end of dinner, leave the napkin tidily on the place setting.

2.                  It sis good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen.

3.                  Hold the knife and fork with the handles in the palm of the hand, forefinger on top, and thumb underneath.

4.                  Whilst eating, rest the knife and fork on either side of the plate between mouthfuls. When you have finished eating, place them side by side in the centre of the plate.

5.                  If the gourmet food presented to you is not to your liking, it is polite to at least make some attempt to eat a small amount of it or at the very least, cut it up a little, and move it around the plate!

6.                  It is quite acceptable to leave some food to one side of your plate if you feel as though you have eaten enough. On the other hand, don’t attempt to leave your plate so clean that it looks as though you haven’t eaten in days!

7.                  Desserts may be eaten with both a spoon and fork, or alternatively a fork alone if it is a cake or pastry style sweet.

8.                  Should a lady wish to be excused for the bathroom, it is polite for the gentlemen to stand  up as se leaves the table, sit down again, and then stand once more when she returns.

9.                  Always make a point of thanking the  host and hostess for their hospitality before leaving.

10.             It is good dinner table etiquette to send a personal thanks you note to the host and hostess shortly afterwards.





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  1. it seems nice and that would be great for people knowledge



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