Statements of Principles

The Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) is an independent statutory authority, consisting of five medical practitioners, which determines Statements of Principles (SoPs) after extensive investigation of the medical literature and research available worldwide.

SoPs are used by delegates of the Repatriation Commission and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to establish a service connection to determine liability for conditions claimed under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

The SoPs are regularly reviewed by the RMA to ensure that they remain up to date with the latest medical-scientific knowledge and to meet the requirements of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. New and amended SoPs are registered with the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments, tabled in Parliament and notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. A notification is also published on the RMA website and major ex-service organisations, and anyone who has registered an interest in the investigation of the SoP are informed. Further, changes to SoPs are automatically advised to the RMA’s subscriber list.