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2006 No. M10 Principles as made
This instrument varies the MRCA Treatment Principles to increase the maximum subsidy the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission may pay to entitled persons for the purchase of minor aids and appliances for accident prevention in the home from $163 per year to $187 per year and to introduce an indexation mechanism for the subsidy.
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Registered 05 Oct 2006
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR09-Oct-2006
Tabled Senate09-Oct-2006
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Veterans' Affairs (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014



Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (MRCA Treatment

Principles – HomeFront Subsidy Increase) Instrument 2006 No. M10




Subsection 286(2) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.




To increase the subsidy payable under the HomeFront program for the purchase of aids and appliances from $163 max. pa to $187 max. pa and to provide a mechanism for indexing that subsidy.


The HomeFront Program operates under paragraph 11.9 of the

MRCA Treatment Principles.  The MRCA Treatment Principles are made under paragraph 286(1)(a) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.  The HomeFront Program provides for small grants to be made to entitled persons (eg former members of the Defence Force eligible for treatment under Part 3 of Chapter 6 of the Act) who live at home to enable them to purchase items that will facilitate their physical safety around the home eg bathroom grab-rails; non-slip paint for steps.


The Homefront subsidy is to be increased (indexed) annually on

1 January in each year (assuming the application of the following formula results in an increase).  The amount of increase is worked out by ascertaining the percentage increase in the movement of the Wage Cost Index 5 (WCI 5) for the previous financial year.  The Australian Government Treasury advises the Department of Veterans’ Affairs of the increase in the WCI 5.  The existing subsidy (including as indexed) is then multiplied by the percentage increase in the WCI 5, the resulting amount rounded, if need be, and the final amount is the increase in the subsidy for the Calendar year in question.




None.  The Instrument commences after registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments and on 5 October 2006.




The Rule-Maker (the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission) decided that consultation in respect of the attached instrument was not necessary because the instrument is beneficial in nature and no useful purpose would appear to be served by consulting interested parties.