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allied health Fields of medical work that are not medicine, dentistry or nursing. Examples include radiography, occupational therapy, pharmacy and psychology.

contemporary veterans Veterans of wars, conflicts and peace operations more recent than the Second World War.

corporate governance A corporate entity’s framework of authority, accountability, leadership, direction and management of human and other resources.

critical error A failure in an administrative process, where departmental policies are not applied and/or a decision about an entitlement is significantly incorrect.

day clubs Groups of people who meet regularly for social and recreational activities, helping to promote a healthy lifestyle. Most day clubs are operated by ex-service organisations with assistance from DVA.

delegate A person who has legal authority to make decisions on behalf of a higher authority, such as the Secretary of the Department, the Repatriation Commission, the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission or the Minister.

estimated actual The financial year’s estimated final figures as included in the budget documentation. As the Budget is released in May but the financial year does not close off until 30 June, the current year numbers used in the Budget can only be estimates.

ex-service organisation — An organisation whose members include veterans within Australia and/or persons within the Commonwealth of Nations who are receiving or eligible to receive pensions under Part II of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) as dependants of veterans. The organisation’s objectives will include representing those persons throughout the Commonwealth.

Gold Card — The DVA health treatment card that provides eligible persons with access to health services for all medical conditions.

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memorandum of understanding An agreement made between two entities, outlining the roles and responsibilities to be assumed by each party, and providing a framework for cooperation.

Non-Liability Health Care A DVA program that funds treatment for certain medical conditions without the need for the conditions to be accepted as service related.

outcomes and programs — Programs are government actions taken to deliver stated outcomes; outcomes are desired results, impacts or consequences for the community.

portfolio budget statements Statements explaining the provisions of the Appropriation Bills (Budget Bills), including how appropriated funds are going to be spent, and performance targets and measures.

Statements of Principles — Legislative instruments that define the factors to establish a connection between a medical condition and service in the Australian Defence Force, used to determine liability for injuries, diseases and deaths under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

White Card — The DVA health treatment card that provides eligible persons with access to health services for specific conditions accepted as related to their military service.

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