Support for ADF firefighters due to start in September

As a part of the 2021–22 Budget, the Government allocated $6 million in support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who participated in fire training at Royal Australian Air Force Base Point Cook Fire Training School between 1 January 1957 and 31 December 1986.

These personnel were potentially exposed to a range of toxic chemicals at a time when personal protective equipment standards were lower than today.

The Scheme will provide eligible personnel with:

  • simplified access to compensation and treatment for a list of 31 specified conditions, under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988;
  • screening for colorectal cancer and melanoma, for early detection and prevention; and
  • individually tailored lifestyle advice under the 12-month Heart Health Program.

The ADF Firefighter Scheme is scheduled to begin on 20 September 2021.

To submit an application under the ADF Firefighter Scheme and to read the full list of 31 prescribed conditions, please visit