The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) was established under section 361 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) when the Act received Royal Assent on 27 April 2004.
The Commission provides rehabilitation, compensation and other benefits for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including reservists and cadets, who have an injury or disease due to service after 1 July 2004, and for the dependants of members whose deaths were the result of an injury or disease due to service after 1 July 2004.
The Commission’s functions are:
- to make determinations relating to the acceptance of liability for service– related conditions, the payment of compensation and the provision of treatment and rehabilitation
- to minimise the duration and severity of service– related conditions and promote the return to suitable work
- to promote research into the health of members and former members; the prevention of injury and disease; and rehabilitation
- to provide advice and information to the ministers and departmental secretaries of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence, the Chief of the Defence Force and the Service Chiefs, either on request or on its own initiative
- to undertake other functions that may be conferred on it.
Schedule 2 to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004 (the Transitional Act) gives the Commission functions and powers to determine and manage claims that relate to defence service under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).