Consultation on Veterans' legislation simplification and harmonisation
Welcome to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) consultation page in relation to Recommendation 1 from the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide and relevant recommendations of the 2019 Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans, ‘A Better Way to Support Veterans’.
Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans
In June 2019 the Productivity Commission delivered a report into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans, including recommendations for veterans’ legislation reform.
- On 4 July 2019 the final report of the Commission was tabled in Parliament.
- The former Government tabled and released the interim Government response on 8 October 2020.
- Update to the Government response was released on 14 May 2021.
Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide
In August 2022 the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide released its Interim Report making 13 recommendations.
The Government responded on 26 September 2022.
Recommendation 1 states that:
The Australian Government should develop and implement legislation to simplify and harmonise the framework for veterans’ compensation, rehabilitation and other entitlements.
Recommendation 1 also lays out a timeline for implementation of this recommendation. The Government agreed to Recommendation 1 and stated that:
The Government will develop a pathway for simplification and harmonisation of veteran compensation and rehabilitation legislation on the basis of this recommendation, noting that funding will be considered in the context of budget processes and fiscal constraints. The timing of implementation will be informed by what is required for necessary consultation and the passage of legislation.
This consultation gives you an opportunity to provide your views on the Royal Commission’s recommendation for legislative reform, and on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations that relate to reforming the legislative framework for veteran compensation and rehabilitation. Please refer to information provided above on the Royal Commission Interim Report and the Productivity Commission recommendations identified in Table 1 below, including references to the Productivity Commission report for full details.
We seek your views to inform the development of a legislative reform pathway for the simplification and harmonisation of veteran legislation, as part of the response to Recommendation 1 of the Royal Commission’s Interim Report.
|Rec No||Recommendation||Productivity Commission Report reference - Overview||Productivity Commission Report reference - Main report (volume, chapter & page no.)|
|8.1||Harmonise the initial liability process||p51||Vol 1-Ch8-p372|
|8.3||Abolish the Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC)||p51||Vol 1-Ch8-p382|
|8.4||Move MRCA to a single standard of proof||p52||Vol 1-Ch8-p389|
|10.2||Single Review Pathway||p56||Vol 1-Ch10-p459|
|10.3||Veterans' Review Board as a review and resolution body||p56||Vol 1-Ch10-p460|
|10.4||Review of ongoing role of Veterans' Review Board||p57||Vol 1-Ch10-p462|
|13.1||Harmonise the DRCA with the MRCA||p63||Vol 2-Ch13-p611|
|13.2||Simplify the administration of invalidity pensions||p64||Vol 2-Ch13-p618|
|13.3||Replace invalidity pensions with incapacity payments||p64||Vol 2-Ch13-p624|
|13.4||Rehabilitation for invalidity payment recipients||p65||Vol 2-Ch13-p630|
|14.1||A single rate of permanent impairment compensation||p66||Vol 2-Ch14-p637|
|14.2||Interim compensation to be taken as a periodic payment||p66||Vol 2-Ch14-p641|
|14.3||Interim compensation to be finalised after two years||p66||Vol 2-Ch14-p642|
|14.4||Eligible young person permanent impairment payment||p67||Vol 2-Ch14-p644|
|14.5||Improve lifestyle ratings||p67||Vol 2-Ch14-p646|
|14.6||Target incapacity payments at economic loss||p67||Vol 2-Ch14-p650|
|14.7||Remove the MRCA special rate disability pension||p68||Vol 2-Ch14-p653|
|14.8||Remove automatic eligibility for MRCA dependant benefits||p68||Vol 2-Ch14-p657|
|14.9||Combine MRCA dependant benefits into one payment||p68||Vol 2-Ch14-p658|
|14.10||Harmonise the funeral allowance||p69||Vol 2-Ch14-p659|
|15.2||Simplify and harmonise education payments||p70||Vol 2-Ch15-p676|
|15.3||Consolidate supplements into underlying payments||p70||Vol 2-Ch15-p679|
|15.4||Remove and pay out smaller payments||p70||Vol 2-Ch15-p680|
|15.5||Harmonise attendant and household services||p71||Vol 2-Ch15-p683|
|15.6||Harmonise vehicle assistance||p71||Vol 2-Ch15-p685|
|19.1||Two schemes for Veterans Support||p78||Vol 2-Ch19-p834|
Participation is voluntary and anonymous, unless you choose to identify yourself in your responses.
Please note that DVA does not intend to publish submissions to this consultation. Submissions will be collated and analysed to support departmental advice and Government consideration of the issues. In providing a submission, you are agreeing that your submission will be used in this way.
In providing feedback:
- indicate whether you support or do not support the recommendations and, if you wish, give short reasons for your views;
- provide an alternative position to the particular recommendation;
- support some elements of the recommendation and not other elements, and indicate what these are; or
- provide any other comments relevant to the recommendations.
If you have previously provided feedback on the Productivity Commission recommendations you are not required to submit it again.
The consultation period will end on Monday 14 November 2022.
Following this consultation, please note that there will be further consultation with the veteran community and other stakeholders on the legislative reform pathway. Details will be provided as and when this occurs.