Today the Albanese Government has taken the next step in responding to the recommendations of the Interim Report by the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide by commencing public consultation on a Pathway to simplify veteran compensation and rehabilitation legislation.
In September 2022 the Albanese Government accepted Recommendation 1 of the Interim Report, agreeing there was an urgent need to simplify the existing legislation.
The proposed pathway to simplify the Veterans’ legislation will be available from today for public consultation.
The proposed pathway seeks to reform more than a century of veterans’ entitlement legislation, providing veterans the support they not only need, but deserve.
The Pathway for consultation anticipates:
- New claims under existing schemes will cease after a transition period, from which point all new veteran claims will be dealt with under an improved Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MRCA) as the sole ongoing Act. The MRCA currently services the majority of claims.
- All benefits under existing schemes will continue unaffected, with only new claims or claims relating to deteriorated conditions to instead be covered by the single ongoing Act.
The consultation process will inform the way forward for government to simplify veterans’ legislation.
The Albanese Government is committed to a thorough and considered process which will deliver a better future for veterans and their families.
More information on the Pathway, and an opportunity to provide feedback can be found here – www.dva.gov.au/legislationconsultation2023
The Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Thursday, 16 February 2023
Editor’s note: For veterans and families this day may be an emotional time and lead to feelings of distress. You are encouraged to include the contact information for Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling in your stories. Open Arms is available 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit OpenArms.gov.au