At the meeting of 6 April 2016, the RMA noted that recent correspondence and requests for review received by the RMA, and reports in the media, indicate that there is a lack of understanding of the two standards of proof set out in the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA). These standards are required to be applied to claims for compensation by veterans and serving members. The RMA is also required by the legislation to apply two standards when determining the contents of the SOPs.
The effect of the two standards of proof is that it is generally easier for veterans and members with operational service to successfully claim that a medical condition was caused by their service. This was a deliberate decision by the Australian Parliament.
Further information about the different standards of proof can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions Page, including Why are there two SOPs for each medical condition? and What differences are there between the two SOPs?
At the meeting of 6 April 2016 the RMA:
Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:
|benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa||41/2016||42/2016|
|intervertebral disc prolapse||43/2016||44/2016|
|malignant neoplasm of the urethra||49/2016||50/2016|
|cut, stab, abrasion and laceration||53/2016||54/2016|
|Parkinson’s disease and secondary parkinsonism||55/2016||56/2016|
These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.
Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:
The above SOPs take effect from 23 May 2016.
The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
Decided to advertise the following investigations:
- malignant neoplasm of the bladder (focussed review - phenoxyherbicides/dioxin [Agent Orange])
- rheumatoid arthritis
- personality disorder
- immune thrombocytopaenic purpura
- alcohol use disorder
- substance use disorder
- accommodation disorder
- thromboangiitis obliterans
- cardiac myxoma
The above investigation notices appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 3 May 2016.