How we can compensate your ill health
Members of the Defence Force are entitled to compensation for illness or injury resulting from their service.
- All F-111 deseal/reseal participants and F-111 fuel tank entry maintenance workers are covered by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA); and
- F-111 deseal/reseal participants who are assessed as a Tier 1, 2 or 3 participant, are covered by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA); and
- F-111 deseal/reseal participants with certain peacetime service are covered by the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).
If you have suffered ill-health as a result of your service, including your F-111 work involving fuel tank entry between 1973 and 2000, you may be eligible to receive compensation and health-care for conditions arising from this service.
If you wish to claim compensation for health conditions relating to your F-111 service, you should first of all apply to have your Tier classification determined.
If it is determined that you are Tier 1, 2 or 3, you will then be invited to submit a claim for compensation under ss7(2) of the SRCA, and to register with the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme.
If it is determined that you are not Tier 1, 2 or 3 you may still claim compensation through the usual VEA or SRCA claims process.
Note a compensation claim can be lodged at any time, but lodging a Tier application first is the most efficient way for the department to assess your eligibility.