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Glossary and indexes


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