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Guide to Determining Impairment and Compensation 2016

Authoritative Version
2016 No. MRCC37 Guides & Guidelines as made
This instrument, as outlined in subsection 67(1) of the Act, is to set out the criteria and methodology used to assess the degree of impairment, and thus compensation payable for entitled persons who have suffered a service related injury or disease.
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
Made 09 Aug 2016
Registered 16 Aug 2016
Tabled HR 30 Aug 2016
Tabled Senate 30 Aug 2016
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Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

 

Guide to Determining Impairment and Compensation 2016

Instrument 2016 No.MRCC37

 

 

The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission:

 

(a)     under subsection 67(3) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (the Act), repeals the Guide to Determining Impairment and Compensation (Instrument 2015 No. MRCC4); and

 

(b)     under subsection 67(1) of the Act determines this Guide to Determining Impairment and Compensation 2016.

 

Dated this           9th   day of              August                              2016

 

The Seal of the                                                                    )  SEAL

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission    ) 

was affixed hereto in the                                                     )

presence of:                                                                         )

 

 

 

   Simon Lewis                                 C Orme                                                M A Kelly

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 SIMON LEWIS                                        CRAIG ORME                                 Major General Mark Kelly

                                                                      DSC AM CSC                                                              AO DSC

         CHAIR                                                   MEMBER                                                               MEMBER

 

 

     B S Wolski                                       Jennifer Taylor                                    T Smart

MEM

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REAR ADMIRAL BRETT WOLSKI            JENNIFER TAYLOR              Air Vice-Marshal TRACY SMART

                       AM                                                                                                                                 AM

                  MEMBER                                              MEMBER                                                    MEMBER

 

 

MEMBER

 

1.  Name

This instrument is the Guide to Determining Impairment and Compensation 2016.

 

2.  Short Title

The short title for this instrument is GARP M.

 

3.  Commencement

 

This instrument is taken to have commenced on 2 July 2015.

 

 

 

4.  Transitional

A process (e.g. an assessment) commenced under the Guide to Determining Impairment and Compensation (Instrument 2015 No. MRCC4) and not finalised before the commencement of this instrument may be completed under this instrument as if the process had been commenced under this instrument.

 

5.  Guide determination

For the purposes of section 67 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, it is determined by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission that the following Guide to Impairment and Compensation applies as the guide for the determination of the degree of impairment and lifestyle ratings when determining the compensation payable to a person under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

 

6.  Power under C&T Act

(1)               Subsection 13(4) of the C&T Act provides that the MRCC may include in the guide under section 67 of the MRCA one or more methods of working out the amount of compensation a person is entitled to under Part 2 of Chapter 4 of the MRCA for a service injury or disease where a person also has:

(a)     a separate war-caused or defence-caused injury or disease (within the meaning of the VEA); or

(b)     a separate injury or disease (within the meaning of the SRCA).

(2)               A method may (but does not have to) include a method of offsetting payments made to the person under the VEA or SRCA in respect of the old injury or disease.

(3)               In this section:

C&T Act means the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004.

MRCA means the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

MRCC means the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

SRCA means the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

VEA means the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

 

 

7.  Application provisions

 

The application provisions in the Schedule have effect.

 


Schedule

 

 

Application provisions

 

(a)        In this Schedule:

Commencement day means the day on which GARP M (Transitional Impairment Methodology and Interim Permanent Impairment Lifestyle Methodology) Amendment Determination 2013 commenced.

Note: GARP M (Transitional Impairment Methodology and Interim Permanent Impairment Lifestyle Methodology) Amendment Determination 2013 commenced on 1 July 2013.

Commission means the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

permanent impairment, in relation to a person, means the person’s impairment for which compensation is payable under Chapter 4 of Part 2 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA).

 

(b)        Subject to paragraphs (c) and (d), the provisions of Chapter 25 of GARP M (as in force on the commencement day) are taken to apply to all claims to which section 13 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004 applies on and from 1 July 2004.

 

(c)        Subject to paragraph (e), if,

(i)         a person is a person whose permanent impairment was calculated under Chapter 25 as it applied prior to the commencement day (pre-existing methodology); and

(ii)        on or after the commencement day, the application of the methodology in Chapter 25 of GARP M as in force on the commencement day (new methodology) would result in a lower amount of compensation for that person for the same condition and level of impairment that applied on the day that the last determination was made before 1 July 2013:

then, the methodology that is to apply to that person in relation to that condition and impairment on and after the commencement day is the pre-existing methodology.

 

(d)       Subject to paragraph (e), if,

(i)         a person has made a claim in respect of a permanent impairment before 1 July 2013; and

(ii)        the claim has not been determined before 1 July 2013;

then, the methodology that is to apply to that person in relation to that condition and impairment on and after the commencement day is the pre-existing methodology.

 

(e)        For a person to whom paragraph (c) or (d) applies, the pre-existing methodology is to apply until a determination of the amount of compensation payable for a person’s permanent impairment using the new methodology results in a change in the amount of compensation payable.

 

(f)        Despite section 3, this instrument is taken not to apply retrospectively to 2 July 2015 in respect of a claim lodged by a person on or after that date and before the registration of this instrument, to the extent that the application of the new methodology would result in a lower amount of compensation for that person in respect of that claim than the person would have received if the pre-existing methodology had been applied to determine the person’s permanent impairment for that claim.