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British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force

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Compensation and Health Care treatment under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

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Commemorative Medallion

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Compensation and Health Care treatment under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

Who is Eligible?

Former Australian Defence Force personnel who satisfy the definition of having rendered British Nuclear Test defence service or service as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan after World War Two are eligible to claim for conditions arising from that service. Widow/ers of BNT/BCOF participants may also be eligible to claim, if the death was related to BNT/BCOF service, or the BNT/BCOF participant was eligible for disability pension above 100% of the General Rate.

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How do you apply?

To lodge a claim, complete either the D2582 Claim for Disability Pension, or D2663 Claim for Pension by a Widow, Widower or other Dependant of a Deceased Veteran and submit it by post to Department of Veterans’ Affairs, GPO Box 9998 in your capital city or lodge it in person at your nearest DVA Office.

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Where can you find out more?

For more information please contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Health Care Treatment

The 2017-18 Budget included a measure to provide the Gold Card to all Australian participants in the British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s (including certain civilians within the test areas) and to Australians who were part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan after World War Two.

Legislation governing this treatment received the Royal Assent on 22 June 2017. Treatment is provided under the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006.

Who is Eligible?

British nuclear tests in Australia were conducted at Emu Field and Maralinga in South Australia and at the Monte Bello Islands off the West Australian coast from 1952 to 1957. Eligibility for the Gold Card has been extended to those persons who were working, either as an Australian Defence Force member or as a Commonwealth employee or contractor, in at least one of these testing areas while tests were conducted or were present in a test area within a two year period after the relevant explosion. Those who participated in the minor nuclear test trials conducted between 1953 and 1963 are also eligible.

Eligibility has also been extended to Commonwealth Police, Australian Federal Police and Australian Protective Service Officers who patrolled the Maralinga nuclear test area up to 30 June 1988.

Others who were in a nuclear test area at a relevant time are also eligible, regardless of whether their presence in a nuclear test area was associated with the nuclear tests. This includes pastoralists and indigenous people among others.

The British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) was created on 31 January 1946 and ceased to exist on 28 April 1952. Eligibility for the Gold Card has been extended to any person who served with the Australian contingent in Japan as part of BCOF. Service in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Forces Korea is not included, regardless of the dates of service.

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How do you apply?

If you were present at any of the British Nuclear Test sites in Australia or served with the Australian contingent of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan after the end of World War Two please fill out the claim form and return it to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Where do you lodge the registration form?

Your registration form must be lodged at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs either to your local DVA office or by mail to.

British Nuclear Test Participants and British Commonwealth Occupation Force Participants
GPO Box 9998
Brisbane QLD 4001

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Where can you find out more?

For more information on treatment available with the Gold Card, please refer to Factsheet HSV60 – Using the DVA Health Card – All Conditions (Gold) , or contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Commemorative Medallion

A medallion commemorating Australian participation in the British Nuclear Tests in Australia was minted in time for the 50th anniversary of the end of the major tests in October 2007 and recognises the service of those Australians who participated in or provided support to the Program.

Who is Eligible?

Any Australian, whether military personnel, police or civilians who participated in or provided support to the British Nuclear Test Program in Australia can make a claim for the Medallion.

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How do you apply?

If you participated in or provided support to the British Nuclear Test Program in Australia, you can lodge a claim for the Medallion by filling out the claim form.

If you wish to obtain a hard copy of the form or would like any further information about the Medallion, please contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Where do you lodge the application form?

Your application form must be lodged at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Where can you find out more?

For more information on the commemorative Medallion, please contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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