Latest News and Decisions

Latest News and Decisions

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:

Condition SOPs
benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa 41/2016 42/2016
intervertebral disc prolapse 43/2016 44/2016
opisthorchiasis 45/2016 46/2016
clonorchiasis 47/2016 48/2016
malignant neoplasm of the urethra 49/2016 50/2016
cholelithiasis 51/2016 52/2016
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:

Condition SOPs
optochiasmatic arachnoiditis 57/2016 58/2016

The above SOPs take effect from 23 May 2016.

Summary of Changes

The above investigation notices appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 3 May 2016.