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Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018

Originating house
House of Representatives
Veterans' Affairs


Amends the: Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to: provide additional support, including childcare arrangements, brief intervention counselling, and additional household services and attendant care, to families and members and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who have rendered warlike service, post 1 July 2004; and enable the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission to specify conditions and compensation for household and attendant care services for ADF members who have sustained a catastrophic injury or disease; Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to create a Veteran Payment to provide certain veterans with early access to financial support prior to a claim for a mental health condition being determined; enable the automation of a qualifying service determination; update references to the Specialist Medical Review Council; and make technical amendments; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to create a Coordinated Veterans’ Care mental health pilot to provide mental health support for veterans in rural and regional areas; Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 to make technical amendments in relation to defence-related claims; and Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006 to extend the gold card eligibility for those members of the ADF who served in Japan prior to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts and contingent amendments to three Acts.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15/02/18  
Second reading moved 15/02/18  
Second reading debate 27/02/18  
Referred to Federation Chamber 27/02/18  
Second reading debate 28/02/18  
Second reading agreed to 28/02/18  
Reported from Federation Chamber 28/02/18  
Third reading agreed to 28/02/18  
Introduced and read a first time 19/03/18  
Second reading moved 19/03/18  
Second reading debate 22/03/18  
Second reading agreed to 22/03/18  
Third reading agreed to 22/03/18  
Finally passed both Houses 22/03/18  
Assent 28/03/18 Act no: 17 - 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

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (21/03/2018): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 3 of 2018
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)