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CONSULTATION NOW OPEN ON VETERANS’ LEGISLATION REFORM – WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Summary:

The email below from Graham Thomas (NAA Victoria President) provides some information relating to new Veterans' Entitlements legislation that is currently in draft form and has been released to the public for consultation. The email provides links to the draft legislation and other information on the DVA website. It also includes a media release from the Minister for Veterans' Affairs,
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Colleagues,
Before I touch upon the subject of the email below, please be aware that I have commenced sending emails to addressees as ‘Blind Copies’, to increase the security of many addressees’ personal email addresses. Please assume that, unless you are informed otherwise in the body of my future emails, that Sub-Section Secretaries are ‘Action’ addressees, whilst other addressees are being sent the email for their information.
The email below from Graham Thomas (NAA Victoria President) provides some information relating to new Veterans’ Entitlements legislation that is currently in draft form and has been released to the public for consultation. The email provides links to the draft legislation and other information on the DVA website. It also includes a media release from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs,  
Graham Thomas is seeking comments by late April so that he can provide the Naval Association’s feedback (in his future role as our delegate to the Young Veterans Forum). I request that you circulate this information amongst your Sub-Section members, and if your Sub-Section wishes to provide comments, I ask that you email them to me by 15 April 2024. Of course, Sydney/Country Sub-Section members are welcome to submit individual feedback to me, and our members are also at liberty to submit comments independently if they prefer.
I strongly urge you and your members to take time to review the draft legislation, and you consider its potential ramifications. Whilst it is being promoted as ‘simplifying’ or harmonising the current range of legislation regarding veterans’ entitlements, the ‘devil will inevitably be in the detail’ – the new legislation will possibly affect all living veterans. The latest edition of the DVA newsletter also contains an article on this activity.
Regards,
 
Bruce Kafer
 
NSW Section Secretary / Membership Registrar
Naval Association of Australia
 
0439 784 088
 
1 March 2024

From: Graham Thomas <[email protected]>
Sent: 29 February 2024 01:02


Subject: MINISTER KEOGH – MEDIA RELEASE – CONSULTATION NOW OPEN ON VETERANS’ LEGISLATION REFORM – WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Morning everyone,

 

Some of you will be asking yourself why is Graham Thomas sending this information. The reason, my CV and a letter of endorsement, from the NAA NP, will be forwarded to the Repatriation Commissioner idc for consideration to permit me to be the NAA representative at the Young Veteran Forum (YVF). I am yet to be accepted to the YVF but, I am stepping in early to organise the NAA return/submission concerning the Veterans’ Legislation Reform.

 

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon. Matt Keogh MP announced the draft legislation to simplify Veterans’ entitlements has been released for consultation.  A copy is provided below for your information.  Should NAA member’s need more information this website address   https://www.dva.gov.au/about/royal-commission/veterans-legislation-reform-exposure-draft-consultation will provide the material. The media release is contained below in the email from Mark Fullick, dated Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:53 PM. Mark is the current NAA representative to the YVF who is stepping aside. This is another opportunity to have a say on the reform on an individual and organisational level. Submissions close on Sunday 28 April 2024.

 

Section Presidents please have your input into Lorraine Grey NVP(W) but, CC me via [email protected] by the 23 Apr 24. Responses will be collated by Lorraine in her role of overseeing welfare and wellbeing matters.

 

For your action: Please distribute this email to your Section Executive and Sub-section members soonest, note the due by date and NVP(W) for returns. 

 

Yours aye

Graham G. Thomas
Chair, NAA Victorian Section
Our plot is a good plot as ever there was laid, our friends true and constant – a good plot, good friends and full of expectation.

 

 

 


From: Mark Fullick <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:53 PM


Subject: Fwd: MINISTER KEOGH – MEDIA RELEASE – CONSULTATION NOW OPEN ON VETERANS’ LEGISLATION REFORM – WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Graham,

 

For your information and feedback as this will be a discussion point for 09 May YVF. 

 

David,

 

For NAA senior leadership team consideration and for widest dissemination. 

 

Regards Mark Fullick


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From: REPATRIATIONCOMMISSIONERNEWS <[email protected]>
Date: 28 February 2024 at 10:21:35 AEST
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: MINISTER KEOGH – MEDIA RELEASE – CONSULTATION NOW OPEN ON VETERANS’ LEGISLATION REFORM – WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Good morning

 

You may have already seen today’s media from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon. Matt Keogh MP announcing the draft legislation to simplify Veterans’ entitlements has been released for consultation.  A copy is provided below for your information. 

 

The Repatriation Commissioner was very keen to support this consultation as its important for the department to seek feedback from the veteran community and general public, please note submissions close on Sunday 28 April 2024.

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

Repatriation Commissioner Office

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

[email protected]

www.dva.gov.au 

 

 

OFFICIAL

 

THE HON MATT KEOGH MP

Minister for VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

 

MEDIA RELEASE

28 FEBRUARY 2024

 

CONSULTATION NOW OPEN ON VETERANS’ LEGISLATION REFORM

 

The Albanese Government has today released exposure draft legislation which will simplify and harmonise the century old veterans’ entitlements, compensation and rehabilitation system.

 

The current system is difficult to understand and complex to administer. The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide found the system was “so complicated that it adversely affects the mental health of some veterans and can be a contributing factor to suicidality.”

 

Following consultation, the draft legislation will simplify the veteran compensation system, with all claims to be considered under a single Act. Under the new system: 

 

·       All new claims for compensation and rehabilitation from the date of commencement would be assessed under a single Act, an improved Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MRCA);

·       The Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 would be closed to new claims following commencement of the new arrangements;

·       All benefits being received under existing schemes will continue unaffected under grand-parenting arrangements. Any new claims after the commencement date (including claims for worsening of pre-existing conditions) will be assessed under the improved MRCA.

 

There will also be a number of improvements including:

·       introduction of a new Additional Disablement Amount to provide similar benefits as the Extreme Disablement Adjustment for those post retirement age;

·       making the higher travel allowance under MRCA available to all veterans and for all kilometres travelled;

·       providing a pathway for veterans currently only covered by DRCA to qualify for the Specialist Medical Review Council and a Gold Card if they have a new claim accepted  and

·       increasing the general funeral allowance to $3,000 with the amount previously set at $2,000.

 

Today’s release of draft legislation follows the Government’s earlier consultation on a pathway to simplify the veterans’ legislative framework, and provide better support to veterans and their families. Feedback from that consultation has guided the proposed changes announced today.

 

I welcome feedback and submissions from the veteran community and general public on the draft Veterans’ Entitlements, Treatment and Support (Simplification and Harmonisation) Bill 2024, submissions close on 28 April 2024.

 

More information on the proposed legislation changes, and opportunities to provide feedback can be found here – www.dva.gov.au/legislationreform.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Mathews, 0407 034 485

 

 

Editor’s note: The Government understands that the changes underway are significant and may lead to feelings of anxiety or distress for veterans and families. If this is the case, you are encouraged to contact the Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling service. Open Arms is available 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit OpenArms.gov.au.

 

IMPORTANT: This email remains the property of the Department of Defence. Unauthorised communication and dealing with the information in the email may be a serious criminal offence. If you have received this email in error, you are requested to contact the sender and delete the email immediately.

 

 

Date: 01/03/2023

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