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2013 No. R31 Determinations/Veterans' Entitlements as made
This determination specifies the circumstances in which a person is permanently incapacitated for work for eligibility for an invalidity service pension.
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Made 08 May 2013
Registered 14 Jun 2013
Tabled HR 18 Jun 2013
Tabled Senate 19 Jun 2013

Veterans' Entitlements (Invalidity Service Pension — Permanent Incapacity for Work) Determination 2013

made under the

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986

 

Instrument 2013 No. R31

 

Contents

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1 Name of Determination                                       3

2 Commencement                                                   3

3 Revocation                                                                        3

4 Savings                                                                  3

5 Definitions                                                             3

6 Purpose of Determination                                   3

7 Circumstances of permanent incapacity          4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans' Entitlements (Invalidity Service Pension — Permanent Incapacity for Work) Determination 2013

 

 

The REPATRIATION COMMISSION makes this Determination under subsection 37AA(1) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

 

 

 

 

Dated this       8th                   day of                          May                 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Campbell              Shane Carmody                Major General Mark Kelly

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IAN CAMPBELL             SHANE CARMODY                   Major General Mark Kelly

         PSM                                                                                                  AO DSC

PRESIDENT                    DEPUTY PRESIDENT                        COMMISSIONER

 

 

 

 


 

1.         Name of Determination

 

This Determination is the Veterans’ Entitlements (Invalidity Service Pension — Permanent Incapacity for Work) Determination 2013.

 

2.         Commencement

 

This Determination commences on 1 July 2013.

 

3.         Revocation

 

The Veterans’ Entitlements (Invalidity Service Pension — Permanent Incapacity for Work) Determination 1999 is revoked.

 

4.         Savings

 

A veteran who immediately before the commencement of this Determination was permanently incapacitated for work in accordance with a provision (former provision) in the Veterans’ Entitlements (Invalidity Service Pension — Permanent Incapacity for Work) Determination 1999 is, on the commencement of this Determination, permanently incapacitated for work in accordance with the provision in this Determination that is a restatement of the former provision.

 

5.         Definitions

 

Act means the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

invalidity service pension means the service pension of that name payable under Part III of the Act.

service pension means a pension payable under Part III of the Act.

Special Rate Disability Pension has the meaning given by section 198 of the MRCA.

 

Note: the following terms are defined in the Act:

 

“approved Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans’ Pensions” (s.5Q(1))

“Commission” (s.5A)

“Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission” (s.5Q(1))

“MRCA” (s.5Q(1)

“veteran” s.5C(1))

 

6.         Purpose of Determination

 

This Determination specifies the circumstances in which a person is permanently incapacitated for work for eligibility for an invalidity service pension.

 

 

 

7.         Circumstances of permanent incapacity

 

(1)  A person is permanently incapacitated for work for paragraph 37(1)(c) of the Act if the person:

 

(a) is permanently blind in both eyes; or

(b) is a veteran to whom section 24 of the Act applies; or

(c) is a veteran who:

 

(i) is receiving a Special Rate Disability Pension; or

(ii) would be receiving a Special Rate Disability Pension but for the application of section 204 or 415 of the MRCA; or

(iii) the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission is satisfied meets the eligibility criteria in subsection 199(1) of the MRCA; or

 

(d) satisfies subsection (2).

 

Note (1): s.204 is about “offsetting” and may result in a Special Rate Disability Pension (SRDP) being reduced, including to a nil rate, on account of e.g. the reduction of SRDP for permanent impairment payments or Commonwealth superannuation received, in which case the person would not be receiving SRDP .  Hence the need for 7(1)(c)(ii).

 

Note (2): Under s.415(4) of the MRCA, an overpayment to a person may be deducted from an amount payable to the person under MRCA e.g. Special Rate Disability Pension (SRDP).  An example of an overpayment is the amount worked out under s.204A of the MRCA where a person converts weekly compensation for an incapacity to a lump sum payment.  The deduction of an overpayment from the SRDP could reduce the SRDP to a nil rate in which case the person would not be receiving SRDP.  Hence the need for 7(1)(c)(ii).

 

(2)  A person satisfies this subsection if:

 

(a) the person has an impairment that, if it were an injury or disease for the approved Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans’ Pensions, would result in a combined impairment rating of 40 or more under Table 18.1 in that Guide; and

 

(b) solely because of the impairment, the person is permanently unable to do work for periods adding up to more than 8 hours per week; and

 

(c ) the Commission is satisfied that the impairment is permanent.