The Turnbull Government today announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.
FILE PHOTO: Australian soldiers of Task Group Taji 6 on parade during transfer of authority from TG Taji 5 in Taji, Iraq. Photo by Corporal Steve Duncan.
Minister for Veterans’ Affair Darren Chester said the commission was the government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of issues affecting the welfare of Australians.
“This inquiry will examine whether the system of compensation and rehabilitation for veterans is fit for purpose now and into the future,” Mr Chester said.
“It follows the government’s response to a report by the Senate Standing Committee on Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade on suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel.
“The Commission will also review the governance arrangements, administrative processes and service delivery of the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio.”
Mr Chester said the inquiry would build on the government’s agenda of placing the needs of veterans and their families at the centre of the services provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
“This inquiry will help inform how we deliver services for our ex-service men and women and their families into the future.”
Public consultation will be undertaken as part of the inquiry and the government encourages all interested parties to participate.
The commission is due to report to government within 15 months – in broad terms on “how well the system of compensation and rehabilitation for military veterans is meeting its aims, and whether the system is likely to effectively and efficiently support veterans in the future”.
Further information and the terms of reference are available on the Commission’s website.