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Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018

Originating house
House of Representatives
Veterans' Affairs


Amends the: Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 to provide former members of the Australian Defence Force with incapacity payments at 100 per cent of their normal weekly earnings where they are studying full time as part of their approved rehabilitation plan; Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to: create a Veteran Suicide Prevention pilot aimed at providing coordinated care to veterans who have attempted suicide, have suicide ideation or are in crisis; deem a submariner’s service on a submarine on a special submarine operation between 1 January 1978 and 31 December 1992 as operational service; and extend eligibility for the Long Tan Bursary scheme to the grandchildren of a veteran who has operational service in Vietnam; and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to: allow a wholly dependent partner up to 2 years to decide whether to take a lump sum, a pension or a combination of both as compensation for their partner’s death; and enable veterans to lodge a claim for compensation orally.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24/05/18  
Second reading moved 24/05/18  
Second reading debate 31/05/18  
Second reading debate 18/06/18  
Second reading agreed to 18/06/18  
Third reading agreed to 18/06/18  
Introduced and read a first time 18/06/18  
Second reading moved 18/06/18  
Second reading debate 21/06/18  
Second reading agreed to 21/06/18  
Third reading agreed to 21/06/18  
Finally passed both Houses 21/06/18  
Assent 29/06/18 Act no: 70 - Year: 2018

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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