Second Reading Speeches

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures No. 2) Bill 2023

Veterans' Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
to reduce the qualifying period of employment of Australian Defence Force firefighters in relation to primary site oesophageal cancer from 25 years to 15 years and change the requirement for firefighting to have been a ‘substantial’ proportion of their duties to be a ‘not insubstantial’ proportion;
Social Security Act 1991
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to allow payments and benefits from Commonwealth and State or Territory employment programs to not be considered as income for income support means testing purposes;
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to include a discretionary power to provide Commonwealth rent assistance beyond 26 weeks for eligible recipients who are temporarily absent from Australia and unable to return due to a prescribed event occurring; and
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
to extend eligibility to the Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package to grandparents who are full time carers of the children of a deceased veteran.

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