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Veterans’ Entitlements (Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package) Instrument 2022

made under section 115S of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

Compilation no. 1

 

Compilation date 1 July 2023

 

This compilation was prepared by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 13 February 2024 taking into account amendments up to F2023L00936.

Contents

Part 1 Preliminary

1 Name

3 Authority

4 Simplified outline of this instrument

5 Definitions

Part 2 Commission may grant acute support package

Division 1 Eligibility for acute support package

6 Commission may grant acute support package

Division 2 Support plan for acute support package

7 Commission must develop support plan

8 Varying and revoking support plan

Division 3 Conditions and limits on assistance or benefits

9 Assistance or benefits generally

10 Additional counselling

11 Additional assistance or benefits in relation to children

Division 4 Other matters

12 Commission may request information

Part 1 Preliminary

1 Name

  This instrument is the Veterans’ Entitlements (Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package) Instrument 2022.

3 Authority

  This instrument is made under section 115S of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

4 Simplified outline of this instrument

The Repatriation Commission may grant an acute support package to a person who is:

(a) a veteran, war widow or war widower; or

(b) a former partner of a veteran; or

(c) a related person of a veteran; or

(d) a parent or step-parent of;

      (i) a deceased veteran; or

      (ii) a war widow or war widower in relation to a deceased veteran; or

      (iii) another person who was the partner of a deceased veteran;

if the person meets certain eligibility criteria and the Commission is satisfied that it is appropriate to grant the package to assist the person to adjust to new and challenging life circumstances (section 6).

The Commission must prepare a support plan for the person that outlines, among other things, the persons who will be provided with assistance or benefits under the support plan, the kinds of assistance or benefits that will be provided, and the periods during which the assistance or benefits will be provided (section 7). The support plan may be varied or revoked by the Commission in the circumstances outlined in section 8.

Under an acute support package, assistance or benefits may be provided in the circumstances outlined in section 9. Additional counselling (section 10) and additional assistance or benefits in relation to children attending, or not yet attending, primary school may also be provided to certain persons (section 11).

5 Definitions

 (1) In this instrument:

Act means the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

acute support package: see subsection 6(1).

deceased partner of a war widow or war widower means a deceased person:

(a) who was a:

 (i) veteran; or

 (ii) member of the Forces for the purposes of Part II or IV of the Act; or

 (iii) member (within the meaning of the MRCA); and

(b) whom the war widow or war widower was the partner of, was legally married to, or was the wholly dependent partner of immediately before the person’s death.

related person: see subsection 155S(9) of the Act.

support plan: see section 7.

 (2) In this instrument, a reference to a child of a veteran includes a reference to:

(a) a stepchild of the veteran; and

(b) a person in respect of whom the veteran stands or stood in the position of a parent.

Part 2 Commission may grant acute support package

Division 1 Eligibility for acute support package

6 Commission may grant acute support package

 (1) The Commission may decide to grant a package (an acute support package) of assistance or benefits to a person if:

(a) the person is covered by subsection (2), (3), (4), (5) or (6);.and

(b) if the person has previously been granted an acute support package—either:

 (i) the period during which assistance or benefits for that acute support package may be provided has ended by operation of subsection 9(2); or

 (ii) the support plan has been revoked; and

(c) the Commission is satisfied that it is appropriate to grant an acute support package to the person to assist the person to adjust to new and challenging life circumstances.

Veterans

 (2) A person is covered by this subsection if the following criteria are satisfied:

(a) the person is a veteran;

(b) the person is under 65 years of age;

(c) the person is receiving, or is eligible to receive, a pension at a rate provided for by section 23, 24 or 25 of the Act or a veteran payment;

(d) the Commission is satisfied that the person, or a related person of the person, is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis.

War widows and war widowers

 (3) A person is covered by this subsection if the following criteria are satisfied:

(a) the person is a war widow or war widower;

(b) the person is under 65 years of age;

(c) the death of the deceased partner of the war widow or war widower occurred no more than 2 years ago;

(d) either:

 (i) the deceased partner’s death was related to service rendered by the deceased partner; or

 (ii) the Commission is satisfied that the deceased partner’s death was a suicide related to service rendered by the deceased partner.

Former partners of veterans

 (4) A person is covered by this subsection if the following criteria are satisfied:

(a) the person is a former partner of a veteran;

(b) the person is under 65 years of age;

(c) the veteran is receiving, or is eligible to receive, a pension at a rate provided for by section 23, 24 or 25 of the Act or a veteran payment;

(d) either or both of the following apply:

 (i) the person ceased being the veteran’s partner within the previous 12 months;

 (ii) a child of the veteran who is under 18 years of age lives with the person;

(e) the Commission is satisfied that the person is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis.

Related persons

 (5) A person is covered by this subsection if the following criteria are satisfied:

(a) the person is a related person of the veteran;

(b) the veteran is under 65 years of age at the time the person’s eligibility for an acute support package is determined;

(c) the veteran is receiving, or is eligible to receive, a pension at a rate provided for by section 23, 24 or 25 of the Act or a veteran payment;

(d) the Commission is satisfied that the person is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis;

(e) the Commission is satisfied that the crisis, or the risk of experiencing, crisis, is:

 (i) impacting or involving the veteran; or

 (ii) connected to the veteran’s wellbeing.

Parents or step-parents in relation to a deceased veteran, etc, who are parenting a child of the deceased veteran under 18 years

 (6) A person is covered by this subsection if the following criteria are satisfied:

(a) the person is the parent or step-parent of a deceased veteran, or the parent or step-parent of a war widow or war widower in relation to a deceased veteran, or the parent or step-parent of another person who was the partner of a deceased veteran;

(b) the death of the deceased veteran occurred no more than 2 years ago, at the time that the person’s eligibility for acute support package is determined;

(c) either:

 (i) the deceased veteran’s death was related to service rendered by the veteran; or

 (ii) the Commission is satisfied that the deceased veteran’s death was a suicide related to service rendered by the veteran;

(c) the Commission is satisfied that the person is parenting a child of the deceased veteran;

(d) at the time that the person’s eligibility for acute support package is determined, the child is under 18 years;

(e) the Commission is satisfied that the person, or the child, is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis.

Division 2 Support plan for acute support package

7 Commission must develop support plan

 (1) If the Commission grants an acute support package to a person, the Commission must prepare a plan (a support plan) for the person.

Contents of support plan

 (2) The support plan must include the following:

(a) the persons who are to be provided with assistance or benefits under the support plan;

(b) the kinds of assistance or benefits that the Commission is satisfied are appropriate to be provided to those persons;

(c) the period or periods during which those assistance or benefits are to be provided;

(d) the providers that are to provide the assistance or benefits;

(e) the payment arrangements relating to the provision of the assistance or benefits;

(f) the day on which the support plan comes into effect.

Persons included in support plan

 (3) A person must not be included in a support plan for an acute support package for the purposes of paragraph (2)(a) unless:

(a) the person has been granted the package; or

(c) if the package has been granted to a war widow or war widower:

 (i) the person is a child under 18 years of age of the deceased partner of the war widow or war widower; and

 (ii) the war widow or war widower is parenting the child; and

 (iii) the Commission is satisfied that the child is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis; or

(d) if the package has been granted to a former partner of a veteran:

 (i) the person is a child under 18 years of age of the veteran; and

 (ii) the former partner is parenting the child; and

 (iii) the Commission is satisfied that the child is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis. or

(e) if the package has been granted to a person who is the parent or step-parent of a deceased veteran, or to a person who is the parent or step-parent of the war widow or war widower in relation to a deceased veteran, or a person who is the parent or step-parent of another person who was the partner of a deceased veteran; and

 (i) the Commission is satisfied that the person is parenting a child of the deceased veteran who is under 18; and

 (ii) the Commission is satisfied that the person, or the child, is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, crisis.

Kinds of assistance or benefits included in support plan

 (4) The kinds of assistance or benefits that may be included in a support plan for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b) are one or more of the following:

(a) child care services for a child who is attending, or not yet attending, primary school;

(b) counselling;

(c) household assistance;

(d) services to build capacity;

(e) academic and extracurricular support services for a child who is under 18 years of age;

(f) transport services in relation to assistance or benefits being provided under the support plan;

(g) equipment and other goods in relation to assistance or benefits being provided under the support plan;

(h) any other kind of assistance or benefits that the Commission is satisfied will assist the person being provided with the assistance or benefits to adjust to new and challenging life circumstances.

Child care service providers

 (5) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(d), a provider of child care services must not be included in a support plan unless the provider is:

(a) an approved child care service (within the meaning of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999); or

(b) a person registered under section 73E of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 in relation to the provision of child care services.

8 Varying and revoking support plan

Varying support plan

 (1) The Commission may vary a support plan:

(a) on request by:

 (i) the person for whom the support plan was prepared; or

 (ii) a person who is included in the support plan; or

(b) on the Commission’s own initiative;

  if the Commission is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so.

Revoking support plan

 (2) The Commission must revoke a support plan that was prepared for a veteran or former partner of a veteran if the veteran is no longer receiving, or is no longer eligible to receive, a pension at a rate provided for by section 23, 24 or 25 of the Act or a veteran payment.

 (3) The Commission may revoke a support plan if:

(a) either:

 (i) if the support plan was prepared for a veteran—the Commission is satisfied that the veteran is no longer experiencing, or is no longer at risk of experiencing, crisis; or

 (ii) if the support plan was prepared for a person mentioned in subsections 6(3) to (6)—the Commission is satisfied that the person is no longer experiencing, or is no longer at risk of experiencing, crisis; or

(b) a person who is included in the support plan does not comply with a request made to the person under section 12; or

(c) the Commission is satisfied that, as a result of new and challenging life circumstances, it is appropriate for the support plan to be revoked in order for the Commission to grant a further acute support package to the person for whom the support plan was prepared.

Effect of revocation

 (4) If a support plan is revoked, assistance or benefits must no longer be provided under the support plan.

Division 3 Conditions and limits on assistance or benefits

9 Assistance or benefits generally

 (1) Subject to sections 10 and 11, the total value of assistance or benefits that may be included in a support plan is:

(a) for a support plan prepared for a veteran, former partner of a veteran or a related person of a veteran:

 (i) a maximum of $7,500 in relation to one or more periods during which assistance or benefits are to be provided that add up to 12 months; and

 (ii) if the 12 month period referred to in subparagraph (i) has been accumulated—a maximum of $5,000 in relation to one or more periods during which assistance or benefits are to be provided that add up to a further 12 months; and

(b) for a support plan prepared for a war widow or war widower—a maximum of $27,835 every 12 months for a continuous 24 month period starting on the day the support plan comes into effect. and

(c) for a support plan prepared for a person who is the parent or step-parent of a deceased veteran, or a person who is the parent or step-parent of the war widow or war widower, or a person who was the parent or step-parent of another person who was the partner of a deceased veteran—a maximum of $27,835 every 12 months for a continuous 24 month period starting on the day the support plan comes into effect.

 (2) Despite subsection (1), the period during which assistance or benefits included in a support plan for the purposes of this section may be provided ends immediately after:

(a) for a support plan prepared for a veteran, former partner of a veteran or a related person of a veteran —the earlier of:

 (i) the end of the further 12 month period referred to in subparagraph (1)(a)(ii); or

 (ii) the end of a 48 month period starting on the day the support plan comes into effect; or

(b) for a support plan prepared for a war widow or war widower, a person who is the parent or step-parent of a deceased veteran, or a person who is the parent or step-parent of a war widow or war widower in relation to a deceased veteran, or a parent or step-parent of another person who was the partner of a deceased veteran —the end of the 24 month period referred to in paragraph (1)(b).

10 Additional counselling

 (1) In addition to section 9, assistance or benefits may be included in a support plan prepared for a veteran, a former partner of a veteran or a related person of a veteran in the form of a maximum of 4 courses of counselling every 12 months for a continuous 36 month period.

 (2) The 36 month period starts on the day after the end of the period referred to in paragraph 9(2)(a) in relation to the support plan.

11 Additional assistance or benefits in relation to children

 (1) This section applies if a person who is included in a support plan for the purposes of paragraph 7(2)(a) is a child who is attending, or not yet attending, primary school.

 (2) In addition to section 9, assistance or benefits may be included in the support plan in relation to the child for a continuous period starting on the later of:

(a) the day the support plan comes into effect; or

(b) the day the child is included in the support plan for the purposes of paragraph 7(2)(a);

  and ending on the first anniversary of the start of the period that occurs after the child has completed primary school.

 (3) The value of assistance or benefits included in the support plan in relation to the child must not exceed:

(a) until the firstoccurring anniversary of the start of the period for which the child is attending primary school—$10,000 every 12 months; and

(b) thereafter until the period ends—$5,000 every 12 months.

 (4) Assistance or benefits provided under this section do not count towards the maximum amounts or periods referred to in section 9.

Division 4 Other matters

12 Commission may request information

  The Commission may request information from a person who is included in a support plan for an acute support package in relation to the provision of assistance or benefits included in that support plan.

Note Failure to comply with a request may result in the revocation of the support plan (see paragraph 8(3)(b)).

Notes

This compilation comprises Veterans’ Entitlements (Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package) Instrument 2022 amended as indicated in the following tables.

Table of instruments

Name

Registration

Number

Commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Veterans’ Entitlements (Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package) Instrument 2022

13 October 2022

F2022L01342

14 October 2022

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Veterans’ Entitlements (Defence, Veterans’ and Families’ Acute Support Package) Amendment (2023 Expansion of Acute Support Package) Instrument 2023

30 June 2023

F2023L00936

1 July 2023

 

Table of amendments

ad. = added or inserted  am. = amended  rep. = repealed  rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

s.2...................

rep. Legislation Act 2003, s. 48D [auto repeal of commencement provision]

s.4..................

rs F2023L00936

s.5..................

am. F2023L00936

s.6..................

am. F2023L00936

s.7..................

am. F2023L00936

s.8..................

am. F2023L00936

s.9..................

am. F2023L00936

s.10.................

am. F2023L00936