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Veterans’ Entitlements and Military Compensation Law

3rd edition





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Ben Quilty
Troy Park, after Afghanistan 2012
Oil on linen
190 x 140 cm
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Collection of the artist
© Ben Quilty

This is the only book devoted to the law on veterans’ entitlements and military compensation in Australia. The book comprehensively annotates the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) and, in this third edition, for the first time annotates the new unified military compensation scheme introduced by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA).

The third edition covers all of the recent major reports into the veterans’ law and military compensation system and includes annotations of all relevant High Court, Federal Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions on the two Acts. The book is an invaluable reference for all those assisting veterans to obtain their entitlements to the pensions and benefits available to those who have served their country – be they ex-service organisations, tribunal members, legal practitioners or Departmental officials.

Highlights of the third edition include:

  • a new section of the book discussing the cases on the application of Statements of Principles under the two Acts;
  • comprehensive annotations of complex issues under the VEA, including qualifying service, special rate of pension, GARP, allowances, standards of proof and review of decisions;
  • annotations and commentary on issues under the MRCA, including liability for compensation, incapacity, permanent impairment, death benefits, and transitional arrangements for previous schemes;
  • the interaction between the VEA and the MRCA; and
  • appendices which include an amendment history of the VEA and of the MRCA, an index of MRCA legislative instruments, discussion of defence honours and awards, and war grave eligibility.

Commemoration of Active Service
Editorial Contributions
Currency of Legislation and Annotations
Key to Case Citation
Glossary of Acronyms
List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

Veterans’ Entitlements Regulations 1986

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004

Statements of Principles – Commentary
Appendix 1: Defence Honours and Awards
Appendix 2: Legislative Amendments to the VEA
Appendix 3: Legislative Amendments to the MRCA
Appendix 4: MRCA Instruments Index
Appendix 5: War Grave Eligibility