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Productivity Commission review into DVA

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The Productivity Commission is conducting an independent inquiry into whether the compensation and rehabilitation system currently available for veterans in Australia is fit for purpose now, and whether the system is likely to effectively and efficiently support veterans and their families in the future.

The Commission will also review the governance arrangements, administrative processes and service delivery of the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio.

The inquiry is one of a number of significant reviews into DVA that are currently underway in response to recommendations from the Senate Committee report on suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel, The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans.

The Productivity Commission inquiry was jointly announced by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, on 28 March 2018.

‘As we mark 100 years of repatriation and continue caring for the next generation of veterans, this inquiry will help inform how we deliver services for our ex-service men and women and their families into the future,’ Mr Chester said.

Initial written submissions to the inquiry were due by June 2018. Submissions will also be sought when a draft report is released, in December 2018. The Commission is due to provide a final report to the Government in late June 2019.

Information on the terms of reference, the process and timeframes for the inquiry is available on the Commission’s website.

Other portfolio reviews on specific issues are being progressed (see separate articles on two of these: the Veterans’ Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study and the Australian National Audit Office audit).

DVA continues to implement a range of important initiatives in response to recommendations from recent reviews.

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