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Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Published Date 12 Mar 2014

SPECIALIST MEDICAL REVIEW COUNCIL

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

Section 196ZB

NOTIFICATION OF REVIEW AND EXTENSION OF SUBMISSION DATE

On the 28 November 2013 the Specialist Medical Review Council (the Council), having been asked under section 196Y of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (the Act) to review the contents of Statements of Principles Nos. 53 and 54 of 2013 concerning fibrosing interstitial lung disease and Statements of Principles Nos. 55 and 56 of 2013 concerning asbestosis, notified, under section 196ZB of the Act its intention to carry out a review of the information about fibrosing interstitial lung disease and asbestosis available to the Repatriation Medical Authority (the RMA) when it determined, amended, or last amended the Statements of Principles.

The previous Gazette Notice (No C2013G01768 of 28/11/2013) stated that subject to:

(a)    the expiration of the period within which the Statements of Principles may be disallowed under section 42 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003; and

 

(b)   the Statements of Principles not being disallowed,

 

written submissions must be received by the Council by 21/03/2104.

 

This Notice confirms that the expiration of the period within which the Statements of Principles may be disallowed under section 42 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 has past, and that the Statements of Principles have not been disallowed. It also extends the period available for persons and organisations to make written submissions.

Written submissions must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

The following persons and organisations are invited to make written submissions to the Council:

·         the Repatriation Commission

·         the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

·         a person eligible to make a claim for a pension under Part II or IV of the Act

·         a person eligible to make a claim for compensation under section 319 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (the MRCA)

·         an organisation representing veterans, Australian mariners, members of the Forces, members of Peacekeeping Forces, or members within the meaning of the MRCA, or their dependants.

 

Persons who, or organisations which, make written submissions within time may appear before the Council to make an oral submission complementing the written submissions at a location and time to be advised.

The Council anticipates holding its first meeting for the purposes of this review after 30 April 2014.

In that event, the persons/organisations that have asked for the review under section 196Y of the Act and those persons and organisations that make written submissions the location will be advised of the date and time of any meeting for the hearing of oral submissions complementing written submissions.

For advice on the preparation of written submissions telephone the Council Secretariat on 07 3223 8440, or via the website www.smrc.gov.au.

Submissions should be lodged with the Council Secretariat, PO Box 895, Woden, ACT 2606.

 

Charles Guest

Convener