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Veterans' Entitlements Amendment (Gold Card) Bill 1998
Schedule 1 Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986


1  Subsection 7A(1)

After “Part III”, insert “and sections 85 and 118V”.

2  After subsection 85(4)


          (4A)  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 during the period covered by paragraph (b) of the definition of period of hostilities in subsection 5B(1); 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.

3  Transitional—pre-commencement notification

The notification mentioned in subparagraph 85(4A)(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 of that commencement (assuming that the veteran satisfied the other criteria in subsection 85(4A) of that Act at that time).



[ Minister's second reading speech made in

House of Representatives on 3 June 1998

Senate on 25 June 1998 ]