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Compensation increased for ADF members and families.



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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Friday 30 June 2006 VA 060

COMPENSATION INCREASED FOR ADF MEMBERS AND FAMILIES

Compensation payments for serving and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) would increase from 1 July 2006, following the latest round of indexation adjustments, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, announced today.

"The increases apply to benefits paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act, which covers ADF members or former members injured or killed as a result of service on or after 1 July 2004," Mr Billson said.

"These increases will apply to periodic and lump sum payments made to personnel or their families for serious injury or death, as well as financial advice to help select the payments that best meet individual needs."

Mr Billson said the periodic payment for the most seriously injured would increase from $252.21 to $259.27 per week. These payments can be provided either as a tax-free periodic payment, a tax-free age-based lump sum or a combination of both. The maximum amount payable as a lump sum has increased from $330,495.98 to $339,747.40.

"Compensation for eligible widowed partners includes the war widow’s pension for life or an age-based lump sum equivalent, plus an additional age-based lump sum if the death is related to service. This payments has increased from $108,214.27 to $111,244.27. The war widows’ pension is increased twice yearly in March and September.

"The lump sum payable to a dependant of a seriously injured member rises from $64,928.56 to $66,746.56. Benefits for dependants under the age of 16, or under 25 and studying full-time, will increase to $73.42 per week."

The Minister said payments for financial advice would rise from $1,298.57 to $1,334.93.

Further information on the new rates is available from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 133 254 or at www.mrcs.gov.au.

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