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Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence-related) Claims Act 1988 (DRCA)

  • This Act received Royal Assent on 14 September 2017 and commences on 12 October 2017.
  • This Act
    • mirrors the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members only.
    • gives the Minister for Veterans' Affairs full responsibility for Veterans' portfolio legislation and policy
    • does not change any of the eligibility and benefits for current and former ADF members and their dependants who had coverage under the existing SRCA
  • Information including the text of the Bill, Explanatory Memorandum and the Minister’s Second Reading speech can be found here
  • On 26 May 2017, the Government tabled its response to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee’s report 
  • On 20 March 2017, the Committee tabled its report into the DRCA Bill
  • Submissions to the Committee, including DVA’s, can be accessed here
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