DVA says new streamlined processing will reduce red tape for veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the government had cut red tape which meant veterans’ claims would benefit from streamlined processing.

“The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has reduced the requirements for liability for five medical conditions, reducing the time taken to process around 600 claims a year,” Mr Tehan said.

“There are now 13 medical conditions streamlined for acceptance of liability under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) or the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA).

“If a veteran’s doctor diagnoses one of the 13 conditions, DVA can accept it as service-related which means less paperwork and reduced processing time.”

Mr Tehan said DVA was moving to a more client-focused model and examining further streamlining options.

“Our veterans have told me that reducing DVA claims’ processing times and making the claims process easier to complete were important improvements.

“Streamlining the liability component of claims for these medical conditions, once diagnosed, will reduce the amount of paperwork required by veterans and doctors to link them to military service.

“This change will also mean DVA can focus on ensuring veterans have access to appropriate medical care, rehabilitation and compensation for their service-related health conditions.

“This is part of a broader process to reduce the time taken to process claims and make the claims process easier and more stress free for our veterans.”

A list of medical conditions streamlined under the VEA and MRCA is attached.

 

DIAGNOSED MEDICAL CONDITION  STREAMLINED LIABILITY FOR CLAIMS UNDER VEA STREAMLINED LIABILITY FOR CLAIMS UNDER MRCA
(RECENTLY ADDED) Chondromalacia patella

NO

YES

(RECENTLY ADDED) Internal derangement of the knee

NO

YES

(RECENTLY ADDED) Malignant melanoma of the skin

YES

YES

(RECENTLY ADDED) Pterygium

YES

YES

(RECENTLY ADDED) Tinea of the skin

YES

YES

Achilles tendinopathy and bursitis

NO

YES

Acquired cataract

YES

YES

Non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin

YES

YES

Plantar fasciitis

NO

YES

Sensorineural hearing loss

YES

YES

Shin splints

NO

YES

Solar keratosis

YES

YES

Tinnitus

YES

YES

NO – No, not covered by streamlining, but may be accepted after investigation, depending on evidence of a link to service.
YES – Yes, covered by streamlining.

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