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Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019

On 29 July 2019 the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 was passed in the Senate with amendments to Clause 7 of the Bill.

The amendments concern timely consideration of veterans’ claims by decision makers and include the addition of a subclause (3) to Clause 7 of the Bill, which would insert a commitment by the Commonwealth to decide claims under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 within 90 days of receipt of the claim by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, or the receipt of information or a document requested by the Commission under section 330 of the Act. 

Background to the Bill

The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Hon Darren Chester, MP made a joint media statement on 27 October 2018 stating that the Government will develop an Australian Defence Veteran Covenant (Covenant), to be enacted in legislation, to recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.

The Covenant will provide an opportunity for Australians and the business community to recognise veterans and their families and the service and sacrifice they have made as members of the Australian Defence Force.

The Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 will create a new Act which includes the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant.

This Bill is part of the Veteran Recognition package designed to provide recognition to veterans and their families. As part of the recognition package, a lapel pin and the Australian Defence Veterans' Covenant will be distributed to veterans. The lapel pin will allow veterans to be easily identifiable by the Australian community where they choose to wear it.

The Bill commences the day after the Act receives the Royal Assent.

Further information, including the text of the Bill, Explanatory Memorandum, and Minister’s Second Reading Speech

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