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Relationship with the Department

The Commission is vested with broad powers to enable it to carry out its functions. Like the Repatriation Commission, it has no staff of its own and relies on employees under the Public Service Act 1999 allocated to it by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and on other specified persons, including consultants.

The Chair of the Commission is also President of the Repatriation Commission and Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Two other members of the Commission are also full-time members of the Repatriation Commission. The Secretary has delegated some departmental functions to these two members. This close working relationship enables the two Commissions to work collaboratively and play an active role in the effective and accountable management of the Department.

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