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New rehabilitation and compensation legislation for ADF members

There is new legislation that will provide rehabilitation and compensation for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) has replaced the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for current and former members who have injuries or illnesses arising from their service prior to 1 July 2004 as of 12 October 2017.

The DRCA duplicates the SRCA, but has been modified to cover only current and former ADF members and their dependants.  Eligibility and benefits under the DRCA will be the same as those currently available under the SRCA.  Those members and dependants with existing claims and entitlements under the SRCA will now be automatically covered by the DRCA.  

The commencement of the new Act will not alter the eligibility and benefits currently available under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 or the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

The new Act will give the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs responsibility for all rehabilitation and compensation schemes that cover current and former ADF members and will recognise the unique nature of military service.  

Further information on the DRCA, and on making a claim for rehabilitation and/or compensation due to a service related injury or illness, can be found on the DVA website.

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