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No. 3 of 1998 Guides & Guidelines as made
The instrument makes it clear, by amending Instrument No. 8 of 1997, that Instrument No. 9 of 1997 (Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans' Pensions (GARP)) applies to certain decisions of the Repatriation Commission, Veterans' Review Board and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in its (GARP V's) amended state ie as it was amended by Instruments Nos 2 and 3 of 1998. The Instrument also corrects a number of errors in GARP V.
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
General Comments: This instrument was approved by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs on 16 April 1998: see Supporting Material.
Registered 08 Mar 2006
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR12-May-1998
Tabled Senate13-May-1998
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Veterans' Affairs (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014










1. The Minister has approved the attached instrument pursuant to subsection 29(3) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.


2. The instrument:


(a) varies the instrument of revocation of the Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans’ Pensions by providing that the new Guide as varied will apply to certain decisions and not merely the unvaried version of the Guide; and


(b) varies the Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans’ Pensions by rectifying

a number of errors to ensure that:


·      certain determinations of lung function are made without the administration of a bronchodilator in order to ascertain the greatest degree of health and consequently the lowest degree of impairment.


·      instructions in relation to ratings in respect of cardiorespiratory impairment are appropriate.


·      the condition of ‘fractured neck of humerus’ is properly so described and not described as ‘fractured neck of radius’.


·      the requirement that a non-accepted psychiatric condition be assessed under Chapter 19 of the Guide is removed thereby enabling such a condition to be more appropriately assessed under Chapter 4 of the Guide.


·      the final impairment rating for accepted psychiatric condition(s) is not incorrectly calculated by basing it on the premise that the subject must have no non-accepted psychiatric conditions.


·      instructions that were inadvertently omitted from Table 5.5 are reinstated.



·      bilateral conductive deafness with left sensorineural deafness is recognised as a hearing loss.


·      a redundant reference to Table 7.1.9 is omitted in a Worksheet.


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·      Hearing Impairment Worksheet (2) is not incorrectly used to assess hearing loss types 4,5,6 when ‘bone conduction figures’ are not used and does not incorrectly require an explanation why bone conduction figures were not used for assessing hearing loss types 4,5,6.


·      accepted hearing impairment is calculated by (correctly) using the relevant formula and not (incorrectly) using an irrelevant table.


·      the method of determining the impairment rating attributable solely to the accepted condition is correct.


·      an incorrect reference to Table 1.9 in Chapter 20 is replaced with a correct reference to Table 1.10.


·      certain tables are correctly identified ie the tables that give the apportionment for impairment ratings that are multiples of 5 are identified as Tables 20.1 and 20.2, not as Tables 19.1 and 19.2.


·      the method for ascertaining the two relevant values when an impairment rating has to be apportioned between two conditions is correct. This is achieved by replacing Scale 20.1 with a revised scale and attending to a typographical error (replacing ‘16’ with ‘15’).


·      the calculation of lifestyle rating is (correctly) determined by reference to the ‘lifestyle rating’ from each of Tables 22.1, 22.2, 22.3, 22.4, and 22.5 and not (incorrectly) determined by reference to a non-existent ‘impairment rating’ from each of those tables.




















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