Department of Veterans' Affairs

Department of Veterans' Affairs

The following entities receive administrative support from staff who are employees of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA):

  • the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
  • the Repatriation Commission
  • the Veterans’ Review Board
  • the Repatriation Medical Authority
  • the Specialist Medical Review Council.

If you are a current or former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the following information may be of assistance to you:

  • AC563 – This form is used to report all ‘incidents’, which would include any injury or near miss including exposure to chemicals/noise/radiation, severe cuts/bruising, disease resulting from employment, incapacity and fatality.  This form is not a rehabilitation or compensation claim form, however, AC563 data is given to the DVA to support such claims.
  • Approved Sport – Organised ADF sporting activity is covered in DI(G)14-2.
  • Asbestos – The Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme (DAEES) is open to current and former employees of the Department of Defence, ADF cadets, and former ADF employees who suspect that they have been exposed to asbestos as a result of their employment with Defence.  The DAEES is not a separate compensation scheme – compensation is provided under the military compensation and veterans’ entitlements schemes.
  • Beryllium – The Beryllium Information Service (BIS) allows concerned members and former ADF members, or the public, to receive factual information and register their name as someone who was potentially exposed. The BIS is not a separate compensation scheme – compensation is provided under the military compensation and veterans’ entitlements schemes.
  • Medical Discharge – See ‘Transition Management’ below.
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) – The MRCC is responsible for the administration of benefits and arrangements under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) and parts of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).

If you are dissatisfied with an original determination under the MRCA, you may ask the MRCC to internally reconsider the decision or lodge an appeal with the Veterans’ Review Board.

If you are dissatisfied with a determination under the SRCA, you may request an internal reconsideration by the MRCC.  Persons dissatisfied with a decision following internal reconsideration may lodge an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Strict time limits apply to all reconsiderations and appeals.

  • Repatriation Commission – The Repatriation Commission is responsible under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) for granting pensions, allowances and other benefits, providing treatment and other services and generally administering the VEA.
  • Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) – The RMA is an independent statutory body whose role is to determine statements of principles in relation to medical or scientific evidence connecting injuries, diseases or death with the circumstances of a particular person’s service.
  • Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) – The SMRC is an independent statutory body whose role is to review the contents of a statement of principles or a decision of the Repatriation Medical Authority not to issue such a statement on application.
  • Transition Management – The Transition Management Service (TMS) is available to assist ADF members with transition from military service to civilian life.  The TMS is provided by DVA on behalf of Department of Defence to support members being discharged on invalidity grounds.  TMS Coordinators may assist with claims for rehabilitation or compensation, however, it is crucial to obtain independent legal advice about your obligations, rights and entitlements.
  • Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) – The VRB reviews certain decisions of the Repatriation Commission and the MRCC.  Persons dissatisfied with a decision of the VRB may lodge an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

For specific advice relevant to your personal circumstances, you should obtain independent advice from a qualified legal practitioner.  Call our Legal Help Line on 1800 555 777.

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