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FOI Disclosure Log

FOI disclosure log
FOI reference number Date of access FOI request Information published Access
1 3 June 2011
  1. The total number of applications for Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010;
  2. The total number of applications for DHOAS subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010 that were honoured (i.e. a subsidy certificate was issued);
  3. The total number of applications for DHOAS subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010 that were rejected (i.e. a subsidy certificate was not issued);
  4. The total number of issued subsidy certificates that were used (i.e. a subsidy was made to a member) during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2010. 
A single document providing figures in relation to the four questions was provided. Further information regarding DHOAS can be accessed at www.dhoas.gov.au or by contacting DVA on 1300 434 627. For access to these documents please contact foi@dva.gov.au
2 15 June 2011 Details of the flight, accommodation and other associated costs and expenses of all departmental staff who went to Turkey as part of the 2011 Gallipoli dawn service preparations or ceremony. A single document providing figures details of travel costs was provided. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
3 6 July 2011 The final report, or latest draft, from Thinkplace arising from its review of the coordination of DVA's helth policy and service delivery effort. AusTender Contract Notice ID: CN352202. A single document providing a copy of the presentation provided by Thinkplace. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
4 25 July 2011 A copy of the Veterans’ and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service complaints policy A document detailing the Department of Veterans’ Affair Complaints and Feedback Management Policy. A document detailing the Department of Veterans’ Affair Businessline for the Complaints and Feedback Management Policy. For access to this document please refer to our
feedback page
5 11 August 2011 Documents dealing with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs expenditure on electricity usage for the 2010 – 2011 financial year. A document summarising the Department of Veterans’ Affairs expenditure on electricity usage for the 2010 – 2011 financial year. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
6 8 September 2011 A copy of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Portfolio Programme Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3) report and plans to improve the Department’s capabilities. The P3M3 Assessment Report and P3M3 Capability Improvement Plan. For access to these documents please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
7 28 October 2011 1. A copy of the current signed delegation, authorisation and permission for all powers to make decisions under the Freedom of Information Act (the FOI Act);
2. A copy of the last 5 signed delegations, authorisations and permissions but nothing older than 2005.
A document containing the most recent delegations under the FOI Act. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
8 4 November 2011 Documents referring to usage of credit cards issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to departmental staff since 1 June 2010. A document summarising the usage of credit cards issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to departmental staff. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
9 17 November 2011 A Review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) programs undertaken by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH). The Review of PTSD Group Treatment Programs: Final Report by the CMVH.

For access to these documents please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

10 17 January 2012 A copy of the Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counseling Service (VVCS) Policies and Procedures Manual.

The VVCS Policies and Procedures Manual with exemptions under section 47F of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
11 10 February 2012 Documents summarising the extent of financial support provided to veterans of the immediate past conflict in Iraq and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. A summary of the extent of financial support provided to veterans of the immediate past conflict in Iraq and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.  For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
12 17 April 2012 A copy of information extracted from the VAN [Veterans’ Access Network] Telephone Protocols regarding the guidelines for establishing proof of identity. A copy of information extracted from the VAN [Veterans’ Access Network] Telephone Protocols regarding the guidelines for establishing proof of identity. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
13 1 May 2012
  1. The Standard Operating Environment documentation under which DVA operates, which specifies the web browsers officially supported and deployed by DVA’s platform and the filtering technologies in place, including the social media platforms blocked and coached;
  2. DVA’s social media policy and associated guidelines for staff;
  3. A register of the social media channels operated by DVA;
  4. Internal briefs and strategies related to the use of social media channels by DVA.
A number of documents that detail the Standard Operating Environment of DVA and various policies that refer to internet and social media usage by Departmental staff. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
14 8 June 2012
  1. All documents the Department holds relating to the recruitment of participants in the first Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study;
  2. The number of Gulf War Veterans from the 2003 Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study who were existing clients of the Department at the time of that study;
  3. The number of the comparison cohort group from the 2003 Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study that were existing clients of the Department at the time of that study; and
  4. The number of study participants/non participants.
Status Reports regarding the Department’s contact and recruitment of participants in the first Study, a Protocol on the first Study and minutes of the Gulf War Veterans Health Study Consultative Forum. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
15 31 August 2012 The history of the Veterans' Children's Education Scheme (VCES). Specifically what it was and provided from its inception through all its changes to what it is now and provides for eligible children.
  1. Veterans' Children Education Scheme Instrument 1992 (VCES);
  2. Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme 2004 (MRCAETS);
  3. Education Schemes Policy Manual
  4. Department of Veterans' Affairs Factsheet MRC47
  5. Part 18 of the Independent Enquiry into the Repatriation System (Vol 2 - June 1975)
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
16 31 August 2012 A copy of the Department’s policies on what information can be given to complainants when they complain about staff. A copy of DVA People Policy in part. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
17 31 August 2012 Copies of documents that include information on social research used to inform the report of the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary. Copies of documents or parts of documents that include information on social research used to inform the report of the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
18 31 August 2012 A copy of the Businessline dated 16th March 2011, TRIM Reference 1147043E. Businessline dated 16th March 2011, TRIM Reference 1147043E. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
19 31 August 2012 All background material and guidance given to DVA staff related to the RMA Statements of Principal No 45 (Malignant Neoplasm of the Pancreas) especially any background material related to Section 6(e), concerning exposure to DDT. All background material and guidance given to DVA staff related to the RMA Statements of Principal No 45 (Malignant Neoplasm of the Pancreas) especially any background material related to Section 6(e), concerning exposure to DDT. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
20 31 August 2012 All departmental instructions, Commission Guidelines, departmental policy guidelines or other documents provided to departmental officers on the operation of section 8(1)(f) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.
  • CD that contains the Departmental program ‘CLIK’ which contains Departmental policies and procedures, along with an instruction booklet for this program.
  • Documents provided to departmental officers on the operation of section 8(1)(f) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
21 31 August 2012 Information for the help and information telephone lines for each of the years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 including:
  • The total number of calls;
  • The average wait to get through;
  • The average length of a call; and
  • The number of callers who disconnect part way through a call.
Information for the help and information telephone lines for each of the years 2009-10, 2010-11 including:
  • The total number of calls;
  • The average wait to get through;
  • The average length of a call; and
  • The number of callers who disconnect part way through a call.
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
22 12 October 2012 The total number of veterans nationally who have the classification of “ceased effects” as their status as recorded in DEFCARE. A single document showing search results of the total number of veterans nationally who have the classification of “ceased effects” as their status as recorded in DEFCARE For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
23 12 October 2012 The number of customers in NSW currently and at or around 30 June 2011 in each of the following categories:
  • Those who had a Gold card marked with disability pension
  • Those who had a Gold card marked with War Widow or War Widower pension
  • Those who held a Gold card marked with Totally and Permanently Incapacitated pension.
A single document showing search results of the total number of Gold card holders in NSW with Disability, War Widow or War Widower and Totally and Permanently Incapacitated pension For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
24 12 October 2012
  1. De-identified data collected during the First Gulf War Veterans Health Study;
  2. Applications made to DVA under the Applied Research Program for the funding of the 2011 Follow Up Gulf War Veterans Health Study;
  3. Notice of which departmental section sponsored the research grant and to what purpose the research was to be principally directed in accordance with the Applied Research Program criteria; and 
  4. Copies of any and all research agreements between DVA and Monash University for the aforementioned study.
Two documents were released with exemptions to the applicant. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
25 12 October 2012 Meeting minutes dated 2012 for the DVA’s South Australian Consultative Forum. Three documents containing the minutes of three meetings were released in full to the applicant. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

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26 October 2012 The manuals DVA uses in making decisions on eligibility for the Gold Card. The income support Gold Card Determination sheet. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
27 9 November 2012
  1. The total number of applications for Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2011;
  2. The total number of applications for DHOAS subsidy certificates made during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2011 that were honoured (i.e. a subsidy certificate was issued);
  3. The total number of issued subsidy certificates that were used (i.e. a subsidy was made to a member) during the period 01 July 2008 to 31 December 2011.
A single document containing the relevant figures requested. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
28 9 November 2012 Documents to show how long the retention is for Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service files The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Record Management Policy as authorised by the Secretary in April 2012.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

29 9 November 2012
  • Documents showing what the penalties are for keeping files and records of VVCS clients
  • Documents showing what criminal sanctions are available against persons for improper record keeping.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Chief Executive Instruction (CEI) No 6.15. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
30 23 November 2012 Copy of DVA guidelines issued in reference to the DLA Piper Inquiry A single document showing the DVA procedure for handling sexual or other forms of abuse claims For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
31 18 Janurary 2013 Copy of Chief Executive Instruction (CEI) 6.16

A single document showing:

Documents showing what criminal sanctions are available against persons for improper record keeping.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
32 28 February 2013
  • Levels to which serious enquiries by Local Members on FOI and other issues are reported and dealt with within DVA as at September 2003 and now.
  • Levels to which serious enquiries by Prime Minister’s and Deputy PM’s; also by Attorney’s General and other MP’s are each separately reported and dealt with within DVA as at September 2003 and now.
  • DVA Factsheet FIP01 – Access to Information.
  • Electorate Liaison Officer (ELO) Guidelines January 2013.
  • ‘Contacting Members of Parliament and Media’ webpage on DVA’s intranet with redactions.
  • Retrieved 2008 version of ‘Contacting Members of Parliament and Media’ webpage on DVA’s intranet with redactions
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
33 15 March 2013 A copy of all documents of FOI courses, programmes, seminars DVA staff have attended within the last two years Information regarding FOI courses, programmes, seminars DVA staff have attended between February 2011 and February 2013 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
34 27 May 2013 Correspondence relevant to decisions made to allow the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board of Western Australia and the Monument Assessment and Advisory Committee to relocate Headstones of those interned in Office of Australian War Graves between 2008 and 2013 14 documents were released with exemptions to the applicant. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
35 3 June 2013 The 'Phase Two' research paper prepared by consultants Colmar Brunton into community attitudes surrounding the Centenary of Anzac (CN388713) Department of Veterans Affairs. “A Century of Service” Community Research Phase II Report by Colmar Brunton dated August 2011 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
36 3 June 2013 The completed report to Providence Consulting Group Pty Ltd into the site capacity analysis and risk assessment review at Gallipoli, Turkey (CN411925) Final Assessment Report “Risk and Crowd Capacity Assessment for the Gallipoli Commemorative Services for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs” by Providence Consulting Group Pty Ltd dated 24 October 2011 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
37 7 August 2013 The incoming briefs for Secretary Simon Lewis
  • A redacted copy of the incoming Secretary’s brief - Section 1: Portfolio Overview 2013
  • A full copy the incoming Secretary’s brief - Section 3: DVA Budget Position
  • A redacted copy of the incoming Secretary’s brief - Section 4: Key Stakeholder Information 2013
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
38 9 September 2013 All documents between DVA, OAWG and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board WA relating to the renewal program being carried out in Karrakatta Cemetery from 1 January 1990 to 1 May 2013 including:
- a list of plaques placed in the Garden of Remembrance for those headstones removed from the graves of ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery;
- The Memorandum of Understanding between OAWG, DVA and MCB;
- Any agreement between OAWG, DVA and MCB about ADF members buried where the mausoleum extensions are proposed at Karrakatta Cemetery;
- Minutes of all meetings between OAWG, DVA and MCB concerning ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery;
- Correspondence between OAWG, DVA, and MCB in relation to ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery; 
- Signed agreements between OAWG, DVA, and MCB in relation to ADF members buried in Karrakatta Cemetery; 
- A list of headstones replaced on CWGC graves in Karrakatta Cemetery;
- A list of exhumations of ADF members at Karrakatta Cemetery;
- Any other documents between OAWG, DVA and MCB relating to the renewal program being carried out at Karrakatta Cemetery
Documents within scope of the request with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
39 20 August 2013 The John Wood Report and all related documents including:
- instructions to John Wood and/or his agents
- documents detailing the scope of this Review
- correspondence between all parties relating to this Report
- Assessment of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Complaint Handling Processes – Final Report by John Wood (with a single exemption)
- Related documents to the Report by John Wood with applicable exemptions
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
40 3 September 2013 A copy of  the Minister’s authority document for DVA officers to make payments under the CDDA Scheme Minister for Veterans’ Affairs – Instrument of Authorisation/Agreement to Exercise of Delegation For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
41 1 October 2013 Documents showing who investigates fraud in DVA/VVCS and when the present unit took the reins for investigating same A single document with personal information and irrelevant matter redacted. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
42 8 October 2013 Any and all documents / protocols/ minutes / correspondence including but not limited to email, fax or letter (internally and externally) etc between DVA (Australia) and the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs in relation to Gulf War Veterans Health and Gulf War Veteran Health Research Correspondence and records of meetings and discussions between the Australian and US Departments of Veterans’ Affairs with exemptions applied. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
43 8 October 2013 Any documents held by the Department that relate in any way to health issues and the use of electronic counter measures (ECM) packs, carried by Australian soldiers. Documents within scope of the request with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
44 17 October 2013 Any documents, meeting minutes, briefings, reviews, speeches, papers etc on particular items from the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council meetings held on:
16 June 2012
1 March 2011
16 December 2011
Documents within scope of the request with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
45 18 October 2013 A copy of forms which dentists are required to fill in and supply to DVA Documents within scope of the request with a small number of exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
46 18 October 2013 A copy of pages 47-48 of the Department's incoming Government Brief A copy of pages 47-48 of the Department's incoming Government Brief For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
47 4 November 2013
  1. 1. Copies of the research and any attachments relating to the contract [with the Uni of Qld for research into Veterans of Rwanda deployment 1994/95];
  2. commentary on the results from within the [D]epartment or other people; and
  3. documents from before the research on why it was needed.
A copy of the relevant documents with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
48 27 November 2013 A copy of DVA’s policy and procedure manual / documents detailing all the requirements / measures required for the security / packaging of documents sent by DVA via Australia Post / courier. Six documents within the scope of the request. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
49 29 November 2013 The incoming Government Brief A copy of the incoming Government Brief with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
50 13 December 2013 The incoming government brief prepared by the Department of Veterans' Affairs for the purposes of election of the Liberal and National Parties at the 2013 election, presented to the incoming Minister or their office. A copy of the relevant documents with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
51 2 January 2014 The Market Research for eHealth Record messaging for veterans, plus any attached commentary from the researchers or subsequent commentary from DVA staff about the report’s contents including implementing recommendations, etc.
  • eHealth record messaging for veterans – summary of findings
  • Research Report: Focus Groups amongst Veterans regarding the eHealth Record Initiative
  • Presentation
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
52 30 January 2014
  • [DVA's] 2013 P3M3 [internal] assessment – detailing the P3M3 maturity levels (project, programme and portfolio management maturity).
  • [DVA's] latest Capability Improvement Plan – detailing in particular the P3M3 targets
  • DVA P3M3 Annual Report (self-assessment)
  • DVA P3M3 Capability Improvement Plan 2013-16 version 1.0
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
53 6 March 2014
  1. The number of claims for service caused Post Traumatic Stess Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Injury or Post Traumatic Stress conditions made to the Department of Veterans    Affairs since 2004.
  2. The number of claims where liability was initially accepted for these conditions since 2004.
  3. The number of claims where liability was accepted on appeal of an initial decision that denied liability since 2004.
  4. The number of claimants who have committed suicide since 2004.
  5. The number of claimants who have become deceased since 2004.
  • Extracts from DVA Annual Reports 2003-2013
  • Senate Question on Notice 2221
  • Top 20 Accepted Conditions (Recent Conflicts and Vietnam)
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
54 20 March 2014 A copy of DVA guidelines issued in reference to the DLA Piper Inquiry. DVA guidelines titled 'Management of claims relating to sexual or other forms of abuse'. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
55 21 March 2014

(a) Departmental Instructions for Researchers for Historical and Factual information relating to claims of veterans;

(b) Departmental Privacy and Confidentiality Policy of Researcher's Reports;

(c) Any documents that relate to the contractual obligations of contracted Researchers to the Department; and

(d) Any Ministerial directions that relate to Researchers contracted by DVA.

  • Redacted copies of deeds of standing offer with Military research organisations;
  • Businessline - Procedures for Requesting Military Research Reports; and
  • Guide for DVA Contracted Military Researchers
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
56 28 March 2014
  1. The number of veterans of recent conflicts who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  2. The number of veterans of the Iraq conflict who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  3. The number of Afghanistan veterans who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  4. The dollar value of compensation made under any of the schemes available to all veterans due to a diagnosis of PTSD;
  5. The dollar value of compensation made to veterans of the Iraq conflict who due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and
  6. The dollar value of compensation made to veterans of the Afghanistan conflict who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD;
  7. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Iraq conflict due to a PTSD claim; and
  8. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict due to a PTSD claim.
  • Senate Question on Notice 2221
  • Top 20 Accepted Conditions (Recent Conflicts and Vietnam)
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
57 28 March 2014 Any statistical or data records related to or giving:-
  1. The total number of liability type applications submitted for acceptance under SOPs 11 and 12 of 2013 or under their preceding issues, back to when the Reasonable Hypothesis standard of proof was introduced; and
  2. Of the above, how many such applications were successful to some degree?;  and

Of the number given in answer to 2. above, how many were submitted by BNT participants or their representative/s?

Data relating to Statements of Principle 11/2013 and 12/2013 (Polycythaemia Vera) (and their previous issues) For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
58 1 May 2014
  1. The total number of liability type applications determined under the current SOP 11 of 2013 or under its preceding issues, but only back to 10/01/2001, (the date of effect of the second major amendment to the original SOP;
  2. The total number of liability type applications submitted for acceptance under the current SOP 11 of 2013, but only since its date of effect of 13/03/2013;
  3. Of the number given in answer to 2. above, how many such applications, were finally accepted as service related?; and
  4. Of the number given in answer to 2. above, how many were submitted by BNT participants or their representative/s?
Data relating to Statement of Principles 11/2013 and 12/2013 (Polycythaemia Vera) (and their previous issues) For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
59 5 June 2014
  1. A de-identified document detailing the reason(s) for a
    decision to accept a claim for multiple myeloma under any scheme
    administered by DVA.
  2. A de-identified document detailing the reason(s) for a
    decision to reject a claim for multiple myeloma under any scheme
    administered by DVA, particularly if that decision was subject to
    review.
  • De-identified Statement of Reasons for accepted claim for Multiple Myeloma
  • De-identified Statement of Reasons for rejected claim for Multiple Myeloma
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
60 25 July 2014 The number of veteran suicides over the last 10 years. Number of accepted claims in relation to death by suicide in the 10 years to 31 December 2013. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
61 13 August 2014 A copy of the internal audit of [the Department's] registration and monitoring of requests made under the FOI Act. Internal Audit Report – Review of Privacy Policy and Freedom of Information For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
62 22 August 2014 A full copy of a file relating to [the Department's] acceptance of a claim for myeloma or leukaemia which was the result of exposure to radiation, excluding identifying information De-identified Statement of Reasons for accepted claim for Multiple Myeloma For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
63 29 August 2014 The Privacy Impact Assessment prepared by Norton Rose [Fulbright] in relation to data sharing between DVA and Defence Privacy Impact Assessment Report – Choice and Maintainability for Veterans’ Services Project – Qualifying Service App For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
64 7 October 2014
  1. The document or policy guide used by the Director of Appeals (DVA) to determine travel, accommodation and associated costs involved in hearings of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
  2. A list or details of the most recent costs for transport, accommodation and food, incurred, approved or billed, by a particular law firm when travelling to Cairns from Brisbane for Administrative Appeal Tribunal hearings.
  3. Further to point 2, if no recent trips to Cairns have occurred, then the same costs involved when travelling to another city within Australia.
  4. Details of the costs paid by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to the legal firm requested are, Airline travelled and class of ticket, Hotel used and star rating, and meal and other transport costs such as taxi or limousine services.
  5. No names or specific dates are requested.
A document detailing the Department’s policy on domestic travel for other than APS employees. Redacted copy of a document detailing an itinerary and travel costs. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
65 27 November 2014 All correspondence regarding a letter dated 17 December 2012 from the Secretary and includes:
  1. All correspondence between DVA and the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade (FADT) secretariat;
  2. Specifically, all correspondence between the business unit now known as Parliamentary and Governance and any third party in relation to the Secretary’s letter;
  3. The electronic records on the Secretary’s letter that tracks who took what actions, and when
  4. All diary entries, minutes and agenda for any meetings held with regards the Secretary’s letter
  5. Specifically, all emails, notes or explanatory material held by DVA, or communicated to a third party, as to why the Secretary’s letter was listed so late on the FADT website, and the same with regards any request as to how the Secretary’s letter was to be listed on the FADT website.

Letter from the Secretary of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to the Secretary (DVA), with attachment

 

Letter from the Secretary (DVA) to the Secretary of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, with attachment

 

A document listing the Workflow Actions/Procedures in relation to Secretarial Correspondence.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
66 29 November 2014 Copy of any delegations schedule/s in use at DVA. Specifically, any schedules wherein decision makers exercise authority under legislation, excluding financial and HR delegations schedules. A document listing the Department’s non HR and non financial delegations For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
67 19 December 2014 Details of the Standing Offer arrangement between the Department and Baptist Care NSW/ACT, specifically:
  1. Is Baptist Care NSW/ACT a continuing supplier to the Department?
  2. What is the dollar value of this arrangement?
  3. When does this arrangement expire?
  • Deed of Standing Offer between the Commonwealth of Australia and Baptist Care Community Services NSW & ACT with exemptions applied
  • Letter from DVA to BaptistCare
  • Letter from BaptistCare to DVA with exemptions applied
  • Letter from DVA to Baptistcare with exemptions applied
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
68 23 December 2014
  1. A copy of the original unedited draft research composed by Monash University for the 2003 Australian Gulf War Veterans Health, and
  2. Copies of all correspondence between DVA and Monash regarding any and all DVA proposed changes to the researcher’s original work, and
  3. A copy of the original unedited draft research composed by Monash for the (2009-14) current Australian Gulf War Veterans Health Study, and
  4. Copies of all correspondence between DVA and Monash regarding any and all DVA proposed changes to the researcher’s original work.
Correspondence between DVA and Monash University with exemptions applied For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
69 2 January 2015 Minutes of all meetings of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health. Minutes of the inaugural Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health meeting with exemptions applied For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
70 22 January 2015 The total amount in $ the funds that have been provided under the 'Saluting Their Service' program to the veterans of the Indonesia Confrontation 1964-1966. A document listing the Saluting Their Service commemorative grants approved to ex-service organisations representing veterans from the Indonesian (Borneo) Confrontation during the period 1 January 2012 to 14 January 2015 For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
71 10 March 2015 Copies of doctors' reports and investigations on RAAF Firemen and their exposure to toxic chemicals contracted by DVA by Professor Tee Guidotti and RAAF Medical Officer Dr Graeme Peel. Third report conducted by another doctor.

1.  Health Risks and Occupation as a Firefighter report  – Dr Tee L. Guidotti
2.  Royal Australian Air Force Firefighter Case File Review Report – Dr Graeme Peel

 

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
72 13 March 2015 Any reports relating to the extension of VVCS access to those who have served on border protection duties either in Australia or overseas. Final Report Review of the Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service Delivery Model For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
73 30 March 2015
  1. Access to the functional design brief related to a proposed Australian interpretative centre at Villers-Bretonneux, France.
  2. Documents related to project costings that are not subject to cabinet confidentiality.

 

A document listing consultants and contracts let in relation to the interpretative centre at Villers-Bretonneux. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
74 11 May 2015
  1. The number of veterans of recent conflicts who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  2. The number of veterans of the Iraq conflict who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  3. The number of Afghanistan veterans who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and the number of pending claims now before the DVA;
  4. The dollar value of compensation made under any of the schemes available to all veterans due to a diagnosis of PTSD;
  5. The dollar value of compensation made to veterans of the Iraq conflict who due to a diagnosis of PTSD, and
  6. The dollar value of compensation made to veterans of the Afghanistan conflict who have received compensation due to a diagnosis of PTSD;
  7. The average amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the East Timor conflict due to a PTSD claim;
  8. The average amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Iraq conflict due to a PTSD claim; 
  9. The average amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict due to a PTSD claim.
  10. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the East Timor conflict due to a PTSD claim;
  11. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Iraq conflict due to a PTSD claim; and
  12. The maximum amount of compensation paid to a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict due to a PTSD claim.
  • Senate Question on Notice 2221
  • Top 20 Accepted Conditions (Recent Conflicts and Vietnam) – March 2015 update 
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
75 11 May 2015 The number of accepted claims in relation to death by suicide from 2000 to 2014. A document containing data on number of accepted claims for suicide in respect of veterans who had served from World War Two to current day service. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
76 18 May 2015  Statistics on overpayments to veterans caused by admin errors within DVA
  1. By number
  2. By amount
  3. By State/Territory
A document containing data on the number of overpayments waived under the VEA, SRCA and MRCA.  For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
77 27 May 2015 The VITA insurance policy document for RSL TIP trained pension officers. Civil Liability Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy   For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
78 29 June 2015  From April 30 2005 and ending April 30 2015: 
  1. A list of all entities that are approved to use of the word ANZAC as is required under the Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations 1921 (Cth);
  2. A list of all entities that have been denied approval of the use of the word 'Anzac' under the provisions provided by the Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations 1921 (Cth);
  3. A list of all entities that are approved to import goods bearing the word 'Anzac' under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations;
  4. A list of entities that have been denied approval to import goods bearing the word 'Anzac' under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations.
A document listing accepted and declined applications under the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Regulations 1921 with redactions For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
79 9 July 2015 A copy of minutes to all meetings of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health. The minutes of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health meetings with exemptions applied For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
80 24 August 2015 A list of the web addresses accessed by computers in the Department of Veterans' Affairs on Saturday 25 April 2015, in a machine readable format such as xls or csv. A document containing a list of web addresses accessed by computers in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs on 25 April 2015.  For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.

81

26 November 2015 The total number of claims under the Scheme for Compensation for Detriment caused by Defective Administration (CDDA Scheme) processed since the Scheme’s inception and the number of rejected/approved under the CDDA Scheme.  A document containing data on the number of CDDA scheme application received and processed, approved and rejected by the Department since 2002.  For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
82 8 December 2015  All documents, including correspondence, whether written or electronic, relating to the discovery of WWI Australian soldier's remains in 2003 by Pierre Ducroquet in a field near Merris in northern France and the subsequent investigation into the identity of those remains by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Office of Australian War Graves and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Documents within scope of the request with exemptions applied. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
83 23 March 2016
  1. What funding (quantum) has been granted by the Department of Veterans Affairs and/or the Office of Australian War Graves to the Torres Strait Regional Island Council for the purpose if erection and/or maintenance of military service memorials between 01 January and 31 December 2015?
  2. If funding grants have been approved in relation to the above-mentioned; have the funds been expended by the recipient, if not, what funds remain unallocated, and, by what date must the funds be expended and reported as to the use of such funds.
     
A document outlining the Community Commemorative Grants awarded to the Torres Strait Regional Council between 1 January and 31 December 2015.  For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
84 22 April 2016 The official Guest list, the cost of the event and any correspondence to and from the Department regarding this event [in relation to the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War commemorative event].
  • The Client Event Sheet for the Public Talk on the 25th Anniversary of the End of the Gulf War held at the Australian War Memorial, with exemptions applied. 
  •  Emails between DVA and the Department of Defence regarding attendance at the event, with exemptions applied. 
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
85 29 April 2016 

Excluding World War 2 and Pre 1972 Vietnam Veterans claims:

  1. The total number of claims accepted, where smoking after 1973 has been accepted by the Department of Veterans Affairs as Service Related. 
  2.  The Individual breakdown of Statement of Principle Conditions that have smoking as a factor within those claims and have been accepted by the Department of Veterans Affairs as Service related.
  •  A document outlining the number of accepted service related smoking disability claims, post 1973 
  • A document outlining accepted service related disability claims based on smoking related factor codes by Statement of Principle Condition, post 1973
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au
86 5 May 2016
  1. The names of other organisations used by DVA to write reports (other than MLCOA) and the percentage of the total number of reports written by MLCOA.
  2. The average amount DVA pays MLCOA doctors for their reports.
  3. The number of complaints DVA has received from veterans against doctors engaged by DVA for medico-legal service.
  4. Documents outlining any training material, directions or correspondence provided to MLCOA doctors when dealing with veterans.

A document listing organisations used by the Department for medico-legal reports.

A training presentation for medico-legal providers.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
87 18 May 2016
  1. Current social media policy of the department, which covers departmental use and/or private use by employees in an individual capacity.
  2. Any current guidance material which is available for employees to make informed decisions about their private social media use.
DVA Social Media Policy and Social Media Terms of Use

Access DVA’s Social Media Policy and DVA’s Social Media Terms of Use

88 30 May 2016 
  1. The number of DVA claims awaiting reconsideration
  2. The number of claims currently with DVA
  3. The number of veteran suicides since 2011
  4. The number of workers compensation claims submitted by DVA staff
  5. The number of current and past serving DVA staff who have committed suicide
  6. The number of veterans who attended Dr Kostos and Dr Sheehan (DVA appointed reporting doctors) in the last ten years and have committed suicide
  7. The number of veterans who have committed suicide after having their claims dealt with by the Reconsiderations Department of DVA
  8. The amount DVA, including the Reconsideration Department, has spent on lawyers, legal firms and barristers in the last five years
  9. The average time taken to process a claim for reconsideration
  10. Systems DVA has in place to monitor young veterans and steps taken to avoid suicide amount the young veteran community.
  • Extracts from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Annual Report 2014-15
  • Senate Question on Notice – August 2014
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
89 6 June 2016 A list of all HTTP requests to *.dva.gov.au that returned a HTTP status code of 404 from as far back as is possible through to the current date. Documents within scope of the request. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
90 22 April 2016 (a) A copy of the original unedited draft research composed by Monash for the 2003 Australian Gulf War Veterans Health Study, and
(b) Copies of all correspondence between DVA and Monash regarding any and all DVA proposed changes to the researchers original work, and
(c) A copy of the original unedited draft research composed by Monash for the (2009-14) current Australian Gulf War Veterans Health Study, and
(d) Copies of all correspondence between DVA and Monash regarding any and all DVA proposed changes to the researcher’s original work.
 
Covering emails between DVA and Monash University with redactions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
91 15 July 2016
  1. The revocation of approval for Camp Gallipoli’s use of the word ‘Anzac’;
  2. Any reports and/or evaluations and/or assessments and/or advice about the commercialisation of ‘Anzac’; and
  3. Any reports and/or evaluations and/or assessments and/or advice about monies raised by the use and/or commercialisation of ‘Anzac’.
Documents regarding the revocation of approval for the use of the word ‘Anzac’ with redactions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
92 29 August 2016 The current incoming government brief. A copy of the Incoming Government Brief with applicable exemptions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
93 12 October 2016 Information in regard to Ability to Earn and Deeming Based on Actual Earnings. CLIK Military Compensation Reference Library, Incapacity Procedures Manual, Chapter 3 and Rehabilitation Policy Library, Legislative Provisions, Chapter 2. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
94 17 October 2016 Any report provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers under its contract to support the negotiation process with public hospitals. Relevant reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers with redactions. For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
95 28 October 2016 List of internal Consolidated Library of Information and Knowledge (CLIK) pages. List of internal pages of Consolidated Library of Information and Knowledge (CLIK). For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
96 18 November 2016 In relation to the ‘Saluting their Services Commemorations Program’ and the ‘Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program’ to the War Veterans Remembrance Drive Association Inc in March 2015 for a commemorative rest area to be established at the Elands Trigonomentric Reserve:
  • material lodged in support of the grant application;
  • document(s) recording the specific terms upon which the grant was made;
  • the letter of acceptance or similar, signed by respective representatives of the grant recipient and the Department.
  1. Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program – Application for Grant with redactions applied
  2. Correspondence lodged in support of grant application with redactions applied.
  3. Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program – Letter of Acceptance with redactions applied.
For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
97

23 December 2016

The topics list for briefs created in preparation for hearings of Senate 2016-2017 Supplementary Budget Estimates

List of Topic Briefs for Supplementary Budget Estimates – October 2016 with redactions.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
98

23 January 2017

DVA ‘Businessline’ titled Application of Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans’ Pensions (GARP) – Other Effects of Spinal Conditions in Chapter 3.

Businessline – Delegates applying the Guide to the Assessment of Veterans Pensions (GARP) regarding the assessment of other effects of spinal conditions with some staff contact details redacted.

For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
99 30 January 2017

All documents relating to prostheses list item costs for the Department as part of program 2.2: veterans’ hospital services.

Specifically within the $850m allocated towards private hospitals as part of program 2.2 of Department budget papers, assess to documents showing how much the Department spends on prostheses list items in the financial years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

A document outlining DVA expenditure on prostheses in private hospitals for 2014-15 and 2015-16.   For access to this document please contact foi@dva.gov.au.
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