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Frequently asked questions

Questions

Q.1 What compensation is available to nuclear test participants?

Q.2 Who will pay for my medical treatment?

Q.3 What types of treatment will DVA pay for?

Q.4 How do British Nuclear Test and British Commonwealth Occupation Force participants access health care?


Q.1 What compensation is available to nuclear test participants?

Answer

  • Australian Defence Force personnel and Australian Public Servants who participated in the British nuclear tests are covered by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. This Act provides health treatment and compensation for injuries and diseases incurred during peacetime service. Australian Defence Force personnel are also able to claim compensation and receive treatment under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 for medical conditions resulting from their service.
  • In addition, an Administrative Scheme was established in 1986 following the McClelland Royal Commission, which provides equivalent compensation to all third party civilian contractors, pastoralists and Indigenous Australians who were in a test area at the relevant time.
  • Participants will also be able to access medical treatment in Australia for any condition.
  • If you were a member of the Australian Defence Force, you should contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • If you were an Australian Public Servant, you should call Comcare on 1300 366 979.
  • If you were a third party civilian contractor who participated in the British Nuclear Test Program, you should call the Department of Employment on 13 33 97.

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Q.2 Who will pay for my medical treatment?

Answer

  • DVA will pay for treatment in Australia for any medical condition when you visit a healthcare provider who agrees to treat you under DVA health care arrangements.
  • This applies to eligible Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Servants, third party civilian contractors and other civilians who meet the definition of a nuclear test participant.
  • This also applies to Australian Defence Force personnel who were part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan after World War Two.

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Q.3 What types of treatment will DVA pay for?

Answer

  • DVA will pay for treatment in Australia for any medical condition, regardless of whether or not related to your involvement in the British nuclear tests or your service in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force after World War Two.
  • Factsheet HSV60 – Using the DVA Health Card for All Conditions (Gold Card) contains further information on types of treatment available and any limitations or conditions applying.

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Q.4 How do British Nuclear Test and British Commonwealth Occupation Force participants access health care?

Answer

  • They will be issued with a “Gold Repatriation Health Card - For All Conditions”, which will allow them to access treatment in Australia for all medical conditions at DVA’s expense when they visit a medical provider who agrees to treat them under DVA health arrangements.

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