Benefits under the SRCA

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What benefits does the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 provide?

If it is determined that there is liability to pay you compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA), the benefits to which you may be entitled may include any or all of the following:

  • weekly compensation for loss of earnings due to incapacity for work;
  • lump sum compensation for permanent ‘whole person’ impairment;
  • lump sum compensation for non-economic loss (e.g. pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life etc);
  • compensation for health care treatment costs;
  • home help assistance;
  • attendant (personal) care services;
  • vocational and other rehabilitation services; and
  • lump sum compensation for dependants in the event of a member’s death while on, or due to, ADF service generally.

Access to some of the benefits will depend on the date on which the effects of your injury or illness became permanent.

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Am I eligible?

SRCA provides compensation for Australian Defence Force (ADF) permanent and reserve members and ex-serving members who were injured or became ill as a result of their service between 3 December 1949 and 30 June 2004.

Some members of the ADF have ‘dual eligibility’ under SRCA and the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA), that is a right to claim benefits under both of those Acts.

SRCA extends to:

  • all members of the permanent ADF;
  • all members of the Reserve force;
  • Cadets and Officers and Instructors of Cadets; and
  • other people declared in writing by the Minister who:
    • hold an honorary rank in the ADF
    • are members of philanthropic organisations which provide services to the ADF, or
    • are undertaking Career Transition Training under an arrangement made by the ADF.
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How to claim

If you think you have sustained an injury or suffered a disease or illness as a result of your service prior to 1 July 2004, you should claim through Form D2020: Claim for Rehabilitation and Compensation, or telephone your nearest DVA office on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).

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