The perspectives of veteran’s families will continue to be represented in veteran policy and the administration of veteran entitlement and compensation claims, after the Veteran Family Advocate was appointed as a member on the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) today.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the inaugural Veteran Family Advocate, Commissioner Gwen Cherne, brought expertise and passion to the Commission that would result in even stronger outcomes for Australia’s veterans and their families.
“Gwen was appointed as Veteran Family Advocate last August and as a standing Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission is already making a significant difference, providing me and my Department with important insights into the perspectives of veteran’s families,” Mr Chester said.
“I congratulate Gwen on her appointment and look forward to continuing to work with her as she expands on this important work. Her passion and experience in supporting the ex-service community will help to ensure the Government continues to put veterans and their families first.”
The appointment is made as part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring the perspectives of veterans’ families are represented on and directly inform the work of the Commission in setting veteran policy and the administration of veteran entitlement and compensation claims.
The MRCC was established under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA). The MRCA provides compensation and other benefits for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force who suffer an injury or disease due to service on or after 1 July 2004. It also provides for the dependants of members whose deaths were the result of an injury or disease due to service on or after 1 July 2004.
The Repatriation Commission is responsible under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) for granting pensions, allowances and other benefits, providing treatment and other services and generally administering the Act.