New compensation and assistance for ADF firefighters

As a part of the 2021–22 Budget, the Federal Government allocated $6 million in support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who participated in fire training at Royal Australian Air Force Base Point Cook Fire Training School between 1 January 1957 and 31 December 1986.

Pending agreement from the parliament, this initiative will commence on 20 September 2021.

These personnel were potentially exposed to a range of toxic chemicals at a time when personal protective equipment standards were lower than today.

The Scheme will provide eligible personnel with:

  • simplified access to compensation and treatment for a list of 31 specified conditions, under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988;
  • screening for colorectal cancer and melanoma, for early detection and prevention; and
  • individually tailored lifestyle advice under the 12-month Heart Health Program.

The ADF Firefighter Scheme is scheduled to begin on 20 September 2021.

Serving and former ADF firefighters who participated in fire training at Royal Australian Air Force Base Point Cook Fire Training School between 1 January 1957 and 31 December 1986 can register their interest in the Scheme by emailing ADF.Firefighter.Scheme@dva.gov.au

For more information, please visit the ADF Firefighters Scheme page on the DDVA website.

If you or a member of your family require assistance with navigating any claim with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you can contact RSL DefenceCare on (02) 8088 0388 or email info@rsldefencecare.org.au or a welfare officer at your local sub-branch.

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