Second Reading Speeches

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018

Veterans' Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
to: provide additional support, including childcare arrangements, brief intervention counselling, and additional household services and attendant care, to families and members and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who have rendered warlike service, post 1 July 2004; and enable the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to specify conditions and compensation for household and attendant care services for ADF members who have sustained a catastrophic injury or disease;
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to create a Veteran Payment to provide certain veterans with early access to financial support prior to a claim for a mental health condition being determined; enable the automation of a qualifying service determination; update references to the Specialist Medical Review Council; and make technical amendments;
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to create a Coordinated Veterans’ Care mental health pilot to provide mental health support for veterans in rural and regional areas;
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
to make technical amendments in relation to defence-related claims; and
Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
to extend the gold card eligibility for those members of the ADF who served in Japan prior to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts and contingent amendments to three Acts.

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