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Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Published Date 19 Sep 2016

 

SPECIALIST MEDICAL REVIEW COUNCIL

 

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

 

Section 196ZB

 

NOTIFICATION OF REVIEW AND EXTENSION OF SUBMISSION DATE

 

On 10 June 2016, the Specialist Medical Review Council (the Council) having been asked under section 196Y of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (the Act) to review some of the contents of Statements of Principles Nos. 25 and 26  of 2016 made by the Repatriation Medical Authority (the RMA) in respect Lyme disease, notified, under section 196ZB of the Act its intention to carry out a review of the information about Lyme disease available to the Repatriation Medical Authority (the RMA) when it determined, amended, or last amended the Statements of Principles.

 

The previous Gazette Notice (No C2015G01532 of 10 June 2016) 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 1 August 2016.

 

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 5pm on Friday 4 November.

 

The Council is giving notice of these potential reviews so that the following eligible persons and organisations:

 

(a)    are aware that the applications for review have been made,  and

 

(b)   may, should they so wish, prepare to make written submissions to the Council, while being aware that the disallowance period has not yet passed:

·         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; and

·         An organisation representing veterans, Australian Mariners, members of the Forces, members of Peacekeeping Forces or their dependants.

 

The Council anticipates holding its first meeting for the purposes of this review in November 2016.

 

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 8840, or via the website www.smrc.gov.au. Submissions should be lodged with the Council Secretariat, PO Box 965, Brisbane, QLD 4001.

 

 

 

Charles Guest

Convener