allied health—Fields of medical work that are not medicine, dentistry or nursing. Examples include radiography, occupational therapy, pharmacy and psychology.
contemporary veterans—Veterans of wars, conflicts and peace operations more recent than the Second World War.
corporate governance—A corporate entity’s framework of authority, accountability, leadership, direction and management of human and other resources.
delegate—A person who has legal authority to make decisions on behalf of a higher authority, such as the Secretary of the Department, the Repatriation Commission, the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission or the Minister.
ex-service organisation—An organisation whose members include veterans within Australia and/or persons within the Commonwealth of Nations who are receiving or eligible to receive pensions under Part II of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) as dependants of veterans. The organisation’s objectives will include representing those persons throughout the Commonwealth.
Gold Card—The DVA health treatment card that provides eligible persons with access to health services for all medical conditions.
memorandum of understanding—An agreement made between two entities, outlining the roles and responsibilities to be assumed by each party, and providing a framework for cooperation.
Non-Liability Health Care—A DVA program that funds treatment for certain medical conditions without the need for the conditions to be accepted as service related.
outcomes and programs—Programs are government actions taken to deliver stated outcomes; outcomes are desired results, impacts or consequences for the community.
portfolio budget statements—Statements explaining the provisions of the Appropriation Bills (Budget Bills), including how appropriated funds are going to be spent, and performance targets and measures.
Statements of Principles—Legislative instruments that define the factors to establish a connection between a medical condition and service in the Australian Defence Force, used to determine liability for injuries, diseases and deaths under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 and the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.
White Card—The DVA health treatment card that provides eligible persons with access to health services for specific conditions accepted as related to their military service
Acronyms and abbreviations
AAT Administrative Appeals Tribunal
ADF Australian Defence Force
AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
ANU Australian National University
APS Australian Public Service
APSC Australian Public Service Commission
ARP Applied Research Program
ATO Australian Taxation Office
BEST Building Excellence in Support and Training
BETA Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government
CCS Coordinated Client Support
CDPP Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
CJTF 633 Commander Joint Task Force 633
CVC Coordinated Veterans’ Care
Data-matching Act Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990
Defence Refers to the Australian Defence Force and the Department of Defence
DHS Department of Human Services
DRCA Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988
DSHI Defence Service Homes Insurance
DSS Department of Social Services
DTA Digital Transformation Agency
DVA Department of Veterans’ Affairs
FOI Act Freedom of Information Act 1982
GP general practitioner
GST goods and services tax
ICT information and communications technology
MOU memorandum of understanding
MRCA Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
MRCC Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
NCF National Consultation Framework
NLHC Non-Liability Health Care
OAWG Office of Australian War Graves
OBAS On Base Advisory Service
PBS Portfolio Budget Statements
PGPA Act Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder
RMA Repatriation Medical Authority
SES Senior Executive Service
SFP Strategic Financial Plan
SMEs small and medium enterprises
SMRC Specialist Medical Review Council
SOF Special Operations Forces
SOPs Statements of Principles
SRCA Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
VAN Veterans’ Access Network
VEA Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
Veterans’ MATES Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services
VIS Veterans’ Information Service
VRB Veterans’ Review Board
VVCS Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
WHS work health and safety