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A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation, and for related purposes
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
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Registered 20 Sep 2018
Introduced HR 20 Sep 2018
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2016‑2017‑2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Veterans’ Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Claims by Chief of Defence Force on behalf of persons  3

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                         3

Schedule 2—Obtaining information                                                                           4

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence‑related Claims) Act 1988  4

Schedule 3—Exempt lump sums                                                                                   7

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              7

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans’ affairs and military rehabilitation and compensation, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Act 2018.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Claims by Chief of Defence Force on behalf of persons

  

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004

1  Subsection 319(3)

After “in respect of a person”, insert “(except a claim made by the Chief of the Defence Force on behalf of the person)”.

2  After subsection 320(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Without limiting paragraph (2)(a), the person may approve the Chief of the Defence Force making a claim on behalf of the person if:

                     (a)  the person is a member of the Defence Force; and

                     (b)  the claim is for acceptance of liability by the Commission for a service injury sustained by the person or a service disease contracted by the person.

          (2B)  However, if the person approves the Chief of the Defence Force making a claim as mentioned in subsection (2A), the Chief of the Defence Force is not required to make the claim on behalf of the person.

3  Application provision

The amendment of section 320 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 made by this Schedule applies in relation to a service injury sustained by the person, or a service disease contracted by the person, on or after the commencement of this item.

Schedule 2Obtaining information

  

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence‑related Claims) Act 1988

1  Section 151

Repeal the section, substitute:

151  MRCC may obtain information etc.

             (1)  The MRCC may give a written notice to any person requiring the person, for the purposes of this Act:

                     (a)  to provide the MRCC (or a specified staff member assisting the MRCC) such information as the MRCC requires; or

                     (b)  to produce to the MRCC (or a specified staff member assisting the MRCC) any documents in the custody or under the control of the person; or

                     (c)  to appear before a specified staff member assisting the MRCC to answer questions.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the person given the notice may be:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Defence Department; or

                     (b)  the Secretary of the Department; or

                     (c)  the Chief of the Defence Force; or

                     (d)  a person employed:

                              (i)  in or in connection with a Department of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  by any authority of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory.

             (3)  The notice must specify:

                     (a)  if paragraph (1)(a) or (b) applies:

                              (i)  the period within which the person must comply with the notice; and

                             (ii)  the manner in which the person must comply with the notice; or

                     (b)  if paragraph (1)(c) applies:

                              (i)  the time at which the person must appear before the staff member; and

                             (ii)  the place at which the person must appear before the staff member.

             (4)  The specified period or the specified time mentioned in subsection (3) must be at least 14 days after the notice is given.

             (5)  The MRCC may require the information or answers to be verified by, or given on, oath or affirmation and either orally or in writing.

             (6)  A staff member to whom information or answers are verified or given may administer the oath or affirmation.

             (7)  This section does not require a person to give information, produce a document or give evidence to the extent that, in doing so, the person would contravene a law of the Commonwealth (not being a law of a Territory).

Note:          A law of a State or Territory cannot prevent a person from giving information, producing documents or giving evidence for the purposes of this Act (see section 151A).

             (8)  This section binds the Crown in each of its capacities, but does not make the Crown liable to be prosecuted for an offence.

             (9)  A person commits an offence if the person fails to comply with a notice under this section.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

           (10)  An offence against subsection (9) is an offence of strict liability.

           (11)  Subsection (9) does not apply to the extent that the person is not capable of complying with the notice.

Note:          The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (11) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

151AA  Self‑incrimination

             (1)  An individual is not excused from giving information or evidence, or producing a document, under section 151 on the ground that the information or evidence, or the production of the document, might tend to incriminate the individual or expose the individual to a penalty.

             (2)  However:

                     (a)  the information or evidence given or the document produced; and

                     (b)  giving the information or evidence or producing the document; and

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of giving the information or evidence or producing the document;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any proceedings, other than proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act.

2  Before subsection 151A(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Nothing in a law of a State or Territory operates to prevent a person from giving information, producing documents or giving evidence for the purposes of this Act.

3  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to a notice given under subsection 151(1) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence‑related Claims) Act 1988 on or after the commencement of this item.

Schedule 3Exempt lump sums

  

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

1  Subsection 5H(1) (definition of exempt lump sum)

Omit “subsection (12)”, substitute “subsections (12) and (12A)”.

2  Subsection 5H(1) (note 1 to the definition of ordinary income)

Omit “subsection (12)”, substitute “subsections (12) and (12A)”.

3  After subsection 5H(12)

Insert:

        (12A)  An amount received by a person is also an exempt lump sum if the amount is an exempt lump sum within the meaning of subsection 8(11) of the Social Security Act 1991.

4  Subsection 5Q(1) (definition of exempt lump sum)

Omit “subsection 5H(12)”, substitute “subsections 5H(12) and (12A)”.

5  Subparagraph 52ZZM(1)(c)(iii)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (iii)  subsections 5H(12) and (12A);

6  Subparagraph 52ZZZM(2)(c)(iii)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (iii)  subsections 5H(12) and (12A);

7  Application provision

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to an amount received on or after the commencement of this item.