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Rehab@DVA — Vol. 4 No. 4 — October 2018

Rehab@DVA is a newsletter that provides information and updates for providers of rehabilitation services. For previous editions of Rehab@DVA, see rehabilitation service providers.

New publication for DVA clients

Cover of "Rehabilitation for DVA Clients"The Rehabilitation for DVA Clients booklet (the booklet) is a new resource for veterans and their families. It introduces them to the breadth of rehabilitation and complementary services available to them in the journey towards recovery.

Clients are encouraged to look at recovery as an ongoing process which is personal and unique.

For the client, the booklet provides an overview of the rehabilitation process and some examples of supports and strategies that have helped others make the most of their rehabilitation. Clients are reminded that a rehabilitation plan can commence at any time in the recovery journey, straight away following transition, or later whenever it may be needed. Also, that rehabilitation is multifaceted and not just based on getting them back into the workforce.

The booklet identifies who will be involved in their rehabilitation plan and what to expect. The client is advised you will make an assessment and tailor a plan based on the conversation with them, take into account their individual circumstances and match them with suitable supports and services.

A client may bring a copy of the booklet to a meeting with you to talk about their rehabilitation.

Changes to incapacity payment policy

 The Australian Government is investing $10.8 million to remove the reduction in the amount of incapacity payments eligible veterans receive when they are undertaking approved full-time study as part of a DVA rehabilitation plan.

From 1 November 2018, the step-down will not apply to former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who are undertaking approved full-time study as part of their DVA rehabilitation plan. Incapacity payment for these former ADF members will be paid based on 100% of their normal earnings.

This ensures that eligible former ADF members can focus on their studies and not be concerned about a reduction in their incapacity payments. It acknowledges that incapacity payment reductions may lead to short-term decisions relating to employment at the expense of successful rehabilitation outcomes.

Currently, incapacity payments for former ADF members 'step down' to 75% (or a higher percentage depending on hours worked) of pre-injury earnings after 45 weeks in payment.

This initiative will provide financial surety to former ADF members through rehabilitation and into ongoing remunerative work.

The changes affect incapacity payment under both the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Defence-related Claims) 1988 (DRCA). For more information, please call DVA on 1800 555 254 or email

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