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Veterans' Entitlements Amendment (Gold Card Extension) Bill 2002
Schedule 1 Amendment of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986


1  After subsection 85(4A)


          (4B)  A veteran is eligible to be provided with treatment under this Part for any injury suffered, or disease contracted, by the veteran, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, if:

                     (a)  the veteran is 70 or over; and

                     (b)  the veteran has rendered qualifying service within the meaning of subparagraph 7A(1)(a)(ii), (iii) or (iv) or paragraph 7A(1)(b), (c) or (f); and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the Department has notified the veteran in writing that he or she is or will be eligible for such treatment; or

                             (ii)  the veteran has notified the Department in writing that he or she seeks eligibility for such treatment.

2  Transitional—pre-commencement notification

The notification mentioned in subparagraph 85(4B)(c)(i) or (ii) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (as amended by this Schedule) may have been given before this Schedule commences.

Note:       This would allow the veteran to become eligible for treatment at the time subsection 85(4B) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 commences (assuming that the veteran satisfies the other criteria in that subsection at that time).