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Repatriation Commission Annual Report 2016–17

A crew member of HMAS Formidable carries a member of the Australian Army Service Corp returning to Australia

A crew member of HMAS Formidable carries a member of the Australian Army Service Corp returning to Australia after years as a prisoner of war, in 1945. (AWM 122108)

Members of the Australian Medical Task Force arrive home on a C-17 from deployment

Members of the Australian Medical Task Force arrive home on a C-17 from deployment to Pakistan, in 2010. (Dept of Defence 20101108 raaf8210285_0027)

  • Functions and powers

    The Repatriation Commission was established on 1 July 1920 by proclamation of the Australian Soldiers’ Repatriation Act 1920.

  • Structure

    The Repatriation Commission has three full-time members appointed by the Governor-General: the President, Deputy President and Services member.

  • Membership

    Simon Lewis PSM, President | Craig Orme DSC AM CSC, Deputy President | Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC, Commissioner

  • Relationship with DVA

    The Repatriation Commission is responsible for the general administration of the VEA, with administrative support provided by DVA.

  • Administration of the VEA

    The Repatriation Commission has broad powers to enable it to carry out its functions and duties under the VEA.

  • Repatriation Commission activity

    The Repatriation Commission held 16 formal meetings to consider 84 submissions in 2016–17, compared with 15 formal meetings and 70 submissions in 2015–16.