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Instrument 2021 No. MRCC43 Determinations/Veterans' Entitlements as made
This instrument establishes the Non-liability Rehabilitation Pilot, which will commence on 1 January 2022 and provide access to vocational and psychosocial rehabilitation for certain veterans without the requirement for any liability claim to be lodged.
Administered by: Defence
Registered 22 Dec 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR08-Feb-2022
Tabled Senate08-Feb-2022
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Non-liability Rehabilitation Pilot) Determination 2021

Instrument 2021 No. MRCC43

The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, under subsection 53D(1) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, makes the following determination:

 

 

 

 

Dated   this                         21st                  day of                December                              2021

 

 

 

The Seal of the Military Rehabilitation and                )

Compensation Commission was affixed                    )  SEAL

hereto in the presence of:                                            )

 

 

 

 

…………………Elizabeth Cosson…………………………………………………… Don Spinks ……………………………………………Gwen Cherne ………………..

ELIZABETH COSSON  

DONALD SPINKS

GWEN CHERNE

AM CSC

AM

 

Chair

Member

Member

 

   ………………………… Sarah Sharkey …………………………………………… ………..……………..……..…………………Wade Stothart……..

REAR ADMIRAL SARAH SHARKEY

WADE STOTHART

AM CSC RAN

DSC AM CSC

Member

Member

 

             



Contents

1............ Name................................................................................................... 1

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

3............ Authority............................................................................................. 1

4............ Purpose............................................................................................... 1

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

6............ Determined class of persons............................................................... 2

                                   7             Conditions applicable to the provision of a rehabilitation program    2    

                                               8              Limits applicable to the provision of rehabilitation program                3

 

 

 


1  Name

            This instrument is the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Non-liability Rehabilitation Pilot) Determination 2021.

2   Commencement

            This instrument commences immediately after the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Act 2021.

 

                 Note:       Section 2 of the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Act 2021 provides for that schedule to commence on 1 January 2022.  

3  Authority

            This instrument is made under subsection 53D(1) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

4  Purpose

                               The purpose of this instrument is:

(a)      to determine a class of persons who will be eligible (subject to further selection by the Commission) for access to an approved rehabilitation program provided under the program established by the Commonwealth and known as the non‑liability rehabilitation pilot; and

(b)      to set out the limits and conditions that will apply to an approved rehabilitation program under subsection 53C(3) of the Act.

                   Note:    The Commission is empowered, under paragraph 53B(1)(d) of the Act to determine in writing that Part 2A of Chapter 3 of the Act applies to a person, and that one of the criterion that must be met is that the person must fall within the class determined by this instrument (paragraph 53B(1)(c) refers). The effect of paragraph 53B(1)(d) of the Act is to enable the Commission, by determination in writing, and in addition to the criteria set out in paragraphs 53B(1)(a) and (b), to select persons from the class determined by this instrument to be provided with an approved rehabilitation program under the non-liability rehabilitation pilot.

5  Definition

                               In this instrument:

Act means the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

approved program provider has the same meaning as in the Act.

approved rehabilitation program means a rehabilitation program provided under section 53C of the Act for a person by the person’s rehabilitation authority.

                                       Note:    Subsection 53C(2) of the Act provides that for the purposes of designing or providing a    rehabilitation program:

(i)         the rehabilitation authority or approved program provider may seek the assistance of persons with suitable qualifications or expertise in the design or provision of rehabilitation programs; and

(ii)        the rehabilitation authority or approved program provider may take into account any relevant information of which it is aware or that is brought to its attention.

Commission means the body corporate known as the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission established under section 361 of the Act.

former member means a person who:

(a)      is a former member (within the meaning of the Act); and

(b)      who was a member at any time on or after 1 December 1988.

member has the same meaning as in the Act.

participant means a person undertaking an approved rehabilitation program provided by an approved program provider under the non-liability rehabilitation pilot.

psycho-social training includes but is not limited to services and activities to assist with building social connectedness and overcoming barriers to social wellbeing.

Note:    Examples of psycho-social training include, but are not limited to, community inclusion activities, sporting clubs, hobby clubs and wellbeing activities.

rehabilitation authority has the same meaning as in the Act.

rehabilitation program means either or both psycho-social training or vocational assessment and rehabilitation provided to a member or former member under Part 2A of Chapter 3 of the Act that has been approved by the rehabilitation authority and provided by an approved program provider.

vocational assessment and rehabilitation includes, but is not limited to the types of assistance set out in subsection 18D(3) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2020.

6  Determined class of persons

                        For the purposes of paragraph 53B(1)(c) of the Act, the following class of persons is determined:

                        A member or former member who:

(a)   is, in the opinion of the Commission, likely to benefit from participation in the non-liability rehabilitation pilot; and

            (b)   consents to participate in the non-liability rehabilitation pilot.

 

                  

7   Conditions applicable to the provision of a rehabilitation program   

 

For the purposes of paragraph 53C(3)(a) of the Act, the conditions under which an approved rehabilitation program is provided by an approved program provider under the non-liability rehabilitation pilot are that the participant:

(a)      resides in Australia; and

(b)     is not:

(i)      undertaking an approved rehabilitation program under the Act (within the meaning of that Act); or

(ii)     undertaking a rehabilitation program under section 37 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence‑related Claims) Act 1988 (within the meaning of that Act); or

(iii)    receiving, or previously received, assistance to transition into civilian work under Part 3A of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations 2020.

8   Limits applicable to the provision of rehabilitation program  

(1)   Subject to subsection (2), for the purposes of paragraph 53C(3)(b) of the Act, the limits (whether financial or otherwise) under which an approved rehabilitation program is provided by an approved program provider are:

(a)      an amount not exceeding $4,000 may be allocated to pay for the cost of managing an approved rehabilitation program;

(b)      an amount not exceeding $2,500 may be allocated for psychosocial training activities, which may include activities such as sport/exercise membership fees, community club membership fees, and short courses that promote health and wellbeing; and

(c)      an amount not exceeding $2,000 may be allocated for vocational assessment and rehabilitation, which may include the activities outlined in subsection 18D(3) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Regulations;

(d)      the duration of an approved rehabilitation program is not to exceed six months;

(e)      where a participant has elected to again participate in the non-liability rehabilitation pilot after the conclusion of an approved rehabilitation program their new program is not to provide the same, or substantially the same activities that were provided in the concluded program.

(2)   The maximum amounts payable for activities under an approved rehabilitation program, the duration of an approved rehabilitation program and the activities that can be provided under an approved rehabilitation program, may be varied by the rehabilitation authority.