If you are a dependant – such as a spouse, partner, child or relative requiring care from the ADF member – and have been impacted by a death related to defence service, you may also be able to bring a claim for compensation.
Maurice Blackburn has compensation lawyers throughout Australia who understand the intricacies of workplace compensation schemes and can help you make a claim.
The Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) is the scheme that generally covers members injured due to service. This is commonly referred to as the DVA scheme, because the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is the department responsible for the distribution of these benefits.
The benefits you may be able to access for accepted injuries include:
- medical expenses
- aids and appliances (including alterations to your home and vehicle)
- household and gardening needs
- payment of weekly incapacity compensation if you cannot return to your pre-injury employment (including top-up pay), and
- a permanent impairment lump sum.
The DVA scheme can be extremely complicated, and it is important to proceed in a particular legal way to maximise your chances of having your claim accepted and receiving your full benefits. ADF members also have various rights of appeal that require legal representation.
ADF members may also be entitled to disability benefits through the various military superannuation schemes. We have a national superannuation and insurance department that has particular experience and expertise in dealing with Comsuper, MSBS or DFRDB claims.
We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. Contact us today to find out how we can help.