SERVING PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL
AND THE GREATER CAIRNS COMMUNITY

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Our services are provided free to all veterans, former and current members of the ADF, eligible members of the reserve force and cadets, and also members of the State and Federal Police who served on certain peace-keeping missions. You do not have to be a member of the RSL to obtain these services. These services are provided by volunteers trained in all levels of Pension and Advocacy.

We can provide advice and prepare initial claims for disability pension or compensation under the relevant legislation:


OUR TEAM

Our team can advise and assist with applications for review or reconsideration under relevant legislation.

We can prepare and present cases for review before the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) and in certain circumstances before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Our Pension Officers can be found under 'Who We Are'.

MILITARY REHABILITATION & COMPENSATION ACT 2004 (MRCA)

Who is covered by MRCA?

The MRCA provides rehabilitation and compensation coverage for the following 'members' of the ADF on or after 1 July 2004

  • all members of the permanent Australian Defence Force
  • all members of the Reserve Force
  • Cadets and Officers and Instructors of Cadets; and other people declared in writing by the Minister for Defence to be members of the ADF.

Why should a person make a claim?
A claim should be made:

  • To ensure full medical cover for any condition that is as a result of service;
  • To receive adequate compensation and/or rehabilitation;
  • To ensure that your dependents are taken care of.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE MRCA WEBSITE

SAFETY REHABILITATION & COMPENSATION ACT 1988 (SRCA)

What is the SRCA?

The SRCA is the Commonwealth's workers' compensation legislation that applies to all employees of the Commonwealth. This includes members and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Reservists, Cadets and Cadet Instructors and certain other persons who hold honorary rank in the ADF, as well as members of certain philanthropic organisations that provide services to the ADF. Delegates of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) within the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) determine claims under the SRCA for ADF employees.

Who is eligible?
Coverage under SRCA extends to:

  • all members of the permanent ADF
  • all members of the Reserve force
  • Cadets and Officers and Instructors of Cadets; and other people declared in writing by the Minister who

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE SRCA WEBSITE


VETERANS ENTITLEMENT ACT 1986 (VEA)

What benefits does the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 provide?

Under the VEA, compensation is paid as a fortnightly pension. VEA benefits are paid for life and, depending on the level of disability pension, may include access to the Gold Card for health care treatment. Offsetting provisions may apply to VEA disability pensions where the same condition is accepted under both the VEA and the SRCA. We can discuss other benefits with you during our first interview.

Am I eligible?
You are covered under the VEA for injury, disease or death occurring as a result of the following ADF service:

  • peacetime service (after completion of three year qualification period) – from 7 December 1972 to 6 April 1994. Members who enlisted before 2 May 1986 and were still serving after 7 April 1994 are also covered;
  • all periods of operational service, peacekeeping service and declared hazardous service; and
  • warlike or non-warlike operations in East Timor, Afghanistan or Iraq or in any other similarly declared operation.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE VEA WEBSITE


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