How to claim under the MRCA
If you have an injury or condition related to ADF service after 30 June 2004, we can help you with treatment, payments, rehabilitation and support. Find out how to claim.
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What is the MRCA
The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) covers current and former ADF members with service after 30 June 2004. It provides treatment, rehabilitation and compensation for service-related injuries and conditions.
It also covers dependants following a death related to ADF service after 30 June 2004.
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If your injury or condition only relates to service before 1 July 2004, you may be able to get compensation and other benefits under one or both of the following:
- Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA)
- Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA).
However, if your injury or condition relates to service both before and after 1 July 2004, it will be covered under the MRCA. Go to Who can claim under the MRCA for details.Back to top
When to claim
You can lodge a claim at any time, even if you’re still serving. The sooner you claim, the easier it will be to find the evidence we need.
If you are thinking about making a common law claim against the Commonwealth or a third party, there are things you need to know about how this might impact your DVA entitlements. Read more at When and how to take legal action for compensation.Back to top
How to claim
You can save time by claiming online, or you can use a paper form if you prefer.
You can claim conditions that affect your mental or physical health.
You can claim online through MyService.
Using MyService means:
- it is simpler and faster to submit your claim
- you don't need to send us proof of identity documents
- we can access the information we need to process your claim more quickly
- there is no need to wait for documents through the post.
You can register and sign in to MyService through myGov.
The online claim process will tell you what documents to supply. You can upload copies of medical evidence and anything else we need.
Claim using a form
If you prefer to use paper forms, use the D2051 Claim for liability and/or reassessment of compensation form. At the end of this form, there are 3 copies of the D2049 Injury or disease details sheet. Your doctor will need to complete part of this sheet for each condition you claim.
If you need to claim more than 3 conditions, you can submit extra injury or disease details sheets with your claim form.
For your claim to be complete, you have to submit a D2051 claim form with your D2049 injury or disease details sheets.
Paper claims can take longer to process than online claims. If you haven’t already, you will need to supply proof of identity documents. You can also supply evidence of your service, or we can request it from Defence.
Claim as a dependant
Dependants can use the form D2053 Claim for Compensation for Dependants of Deceased Members and Former Members under MRCA.
Go to Compensation for dependants under the MRCA to find out more about claiming for a service-related death.Back to top
What we need from you
To help avoid delays with your claim, supply all the relevant documents you can. Making a claim for a service related condition details the steps you need to take.
If you don’t have the information we ask for, contact us so we can help you work out the next steps.
If we need you to attend a medical appointment, we’ll let you know. We will pay for the appointment. You can also claim back reasonable travel costs.
As part of the assessment of your claim, you need to attend any appointments we organise. You need to give us a valid reason if you can’t keep the appointment. If you don’t have a valid reason, this may affect our ability to process your claim.
If we ask for more details about your claim, you need to give us accurate information within the time frame we specify. If you need extra time, just let us know.Back to top
Where to get help
You can get help to submit your claim.
- understand the claims process
- gather the information you need
- submit your claim.
You can use the Advocate Register to find an advocate near you.
You can choose to lodge your claim yourself and nominate someone you know to represent you, such as a friend or family member. This person will be our contact point for any matters related to your claim. We will ask you for their details when you lodge your claim in MyService. If you lodge a paper claim instead, there is space for their details on the form.
You can nominate someone to act on your behalf for all your DVA matters, not just for your claim.
If you also want this person to lodge a claim for you, they can do this online. They will need to set up their own MyService account as your nominated representative.
You can contact us if you have any questions, or if you want to nominate someone to represent you after you’ve submitted your claim.Back to top
What happens after you lodge your claim
We will send you a letter to say that we received your claim.
If you submit your claim online, you will be able to track its progress by logging in to MyService.
Find out about claim processing times.Back to top
How we can help while your claim is in progress
You may be able to get fully funded mental health treatment without needing to lodge a claim for a mental health condition. For details and to find out if you’re eligible, go to Non-Liability Health Care (mental health) for veterans.
If you have claimed a mental health condition and cannot work more than 8 hours a week, we may be able to pay you a Veteran Payment while we assess your claim. It is an income support payment, so your income and assets affect how much you can receive. It is also available to partners.
If any injury or illness you claim is on our list of 20 most commonly accepted conditions, we can pay for treatment for that condition while your claim is in progress. This applies to claims submitted before 30 June 2024.Back to top
How we assess your claim
When one of our delegates starts working on your claim, they will contact you to let you know.
We are making changes to reduce wait times, but there is likely to be a delay before you hear from a delegate.
We prioritise urgent claims. Contact us if you need support urgently because of a crisis or financial hardship.
To assess your claim, we check that your doctor has confirmed a diagnosis for each condition you have claimed.
We also consider the evidence to establish whether the condition can be linked to your service. This may involve getting more information from:
- your doctor or other medical specialists
- other agencies, such as the Department of Defence.
The more information you can provide about your condition and its relationship to your service, the quicker we can assess your claim.
To connect a condition to service, we use Statements of Principles (SoPs). An independent agency called the Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) is responsible for these. You can find the SoPs on the RMA website.
If there is no SoP for the injury or condition you are claiming, we will get medical advice to help us reach a decision.
The way we assess your claim will depend on the type of service that caused or worsened your injury or condition. There is a more generous standard of proof for injuries and conditions related to service in wars, conflicts and operational deployments. However, we can still accept an injury or condition if is more likely than not to be related to your peacetime service.Back to top
What happens when we reach a decision
Once we have made a decision, we will send you a letter explaining the outcome of your claim and the reasons for the decision. If we accept liability for a condition, the next step is to complete a needs assessment.
We will contact you to make a time that suits you to discuss your needs. This discussion will help us work out the kinds of benefits and support available to you. Go to What help you can get under the MRCA for details.
If you need more information about what to expect after we receive your claim, you can contact us.Back to top