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A HEADS UP!

If you are a retired serviceman or woman, in receipt of a disability pension from DVA, but not entitled to a Service Pension, when you reach the age of 65 and get the old age pension, have it paid through DVA.  Centrelink deems your disability pension as income and will deduct $0.50 for every dollar.  If you get it paid through DVA you will get the fifty cents back.

The application form to have your old age pension paid by DVA is D0664 and D0554.  You will find both these forms if you go to www.dva.gov.au  and click on forms.  No computer?  Contact your local RSL Pension Officer for assistance.


ATTENTION ADF MEMBERS

Cutting Red Tape for Claims

Current serving ADF members including Reservists who hold a purple  ADF ID card will benefit from a new DVA and Defence move to reduce red tape in the claims application process.

From I September, ADF members can use their purple ADF ID Card to prove their identity for the purposes of making a DVA claim at any On Base Advisory Service (OBAS), DVA Veteran’s Access Network (VAN) Office or one of DVA’s co-located Centrelink Veterans’ Information Service (VIS) offices.

Streamlining the current I00 point identity verification process, the new arrangement means that, when dealing with DVA for the first time, a current serving member will no longer have to provide documents which may not readily be at hand, such as a birth certificate or passport. This will speed up the process for accessing any entitlements from DVA.

While this streamlined arrangement has commenced, there may be exceptional circumstances where further information from a new client is required to establish proof of identity.

This is one of many actions DVA is taking to reduce the time taken to process claims.

More information on new proof of identity arrangements is available on the DVA website at www.dva.gov.au.


                                           DEFENCE ASBESTOS EXPOSURE EVALUATION SCHEME

 

The Department of Defence is concerned that in the past, current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and Australian Public Service (APS) employees may have been exposed to asbestos during the course of their Defence employment.

Current serving and former ADF members and APS employees who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos, and wish to have their asbestos- related medical status evaluated, are encouraged to contact 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) and register with the Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme.

More information can be located at www.defence.gov.au/dpe/ohsc/Programs/Asbestos/default.htm

NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ASBESTOS?  GIVE THEM A CALL!

Apart from fibro building sheets, asbestos was used in many applications.  Brake pads, lagging on hot water pipes, gaskets and some vinyl tiles are just a few ways this ‘wonder’ material was used.  

 

   

Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme

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Mr Fluffy Insulation Update
14 July 2015


A special note from the Defence Force Welfare Association regarding the ACT Government Asbestos Response Taskforce

Are you a CURRENT or FORMER DEFENCE MEMBER who RESIDED in CANBERRA in the 1970s or 1980s?



On 1 July 2015 the ACT Government Asbestos Response Taskforce released a register of residential addresses in the ACT affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation (also known as Mr Fluffy insulation).

If you resided in Canberra in the 1970s and/or 1980s and suspect that you may have been exposed to asbestos as a result of your employment and housing with Defence call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) and ask to be put through to the Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme (DAEES), or visit http://www.defence.gov.au/dpe/ohsc/programs/Asbestos/.

For more information regarding the ACT Government Asbestos Response Taskforce please visit http://www.asbestostaskforce.act.gov.au/.  A list of affected houses is available on the ACT Taskforce's website at http://www.asbestostaskforce.act.gov.au/the-list.

 

Please also take time to read the attached letter and Media Release from the Department of Defence.

 


         

DVA NOTES

Many Veterans and ex-service people, both female and male, are not aware of what assistance is available to them from DVA, so here is a small recap.  DVA will provide health care for certain conditions, whilst they may not necessarily accept them as having been service caused.

These medical conditions are malignant neoplasia, (any type of cancer), pulmonary~reulosis and posttraumatic stress disorder.

The forms required to obtain the treatment can be found on the DVA website www.dvap-ov.au

PTSD:  TL219.1 Application for health care in respect of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cancer:  TL219.2 Application for health care in respect of cancer.

Note: A veteran might stop being eligible to be provided with treatment under this Part for an injury or disease if the veteran is entitled to treatment under the MRCA for the injury or disease (see sections 85A and 85B of this Act).

The VEA definition of Veteran includes a Commonwealth veteran; an allied veteran; an Australian mariner; an allied mariner; or a member of the Forces, or a member of a Peacekeeping Force, as defined by subsection 68(l) of the Act.

Also, if you are a retired serviceman or woman in receipt of a disability pension from DVA, but not entitled to a Service Pension, when you reach the age of 65 and get the old age pension, have it paid through DVA. CentreLink deems your disability pension as income and will deduct $0.50 for every dollar. If you get it paid through DVA you will get the fifty cents back.

Please Note: As always, this information may change, so confirm it with DVA.

Source: Edited article from Camaraderie, the voice of the Defence Force Welfare Association.

                           


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