THE REPATRIATION COMMISSION
The Repatriation Commission is responsible under the Veterans'
Entitlements Act 1986 for granting pensions, allowances and other
benefits, and providing treatment and other services through its
hospitals and institutions or through community facilities to
veterans, their dependants and other eligible persons. The
Commission also provides advice to the Minister on matters
relating to the Act’s operation and, subject to the ministers
control, generally administers the Act.
The Commission has three full-time members appointed by the
Governor-General, being the:
President - normally this appointment is also the
Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Deputy President - by appointment
The third member of the Commission, general known as the Services
Member chosen from names submitted to the Minister by
organisations representing veterans, is by definition a highly
regarded member of the veteran community.
Information about the Repatriation Commission can be obtained
by contacting the Secretary to the Repatriation Commission, PO
Box 21 WODEN, ACT 2606, phone (02) 6289 6222
As well as the Repatriation Commission and the Department of
Veteran Affairs the Veterans Portfolio covers:
- The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG)
- The Veteran’s Children Education Boards (VCEB)
- The Veterans Review Board (VRB)
- The Australian War Memorial (AWM)
- The Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA)
- The Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC)
The Veteran’s Affairs Portfolio is diverse as well as being
complex. Trying to get information and understand what you or
your dependants are entitled to can be daunting and frustrating.
Contact the DVA directly or through their Veteran Area Network
(VAN) office nearest to you, below is the contact addresses and
phone numbers in New South Wales. Or contact the ex-service
organisation you have the most confidence in, they will advise
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia is willing to
help any veteran or veteran's dependant in dealing with
the Department of Veteran Affairs or any of the organisations
under the Veterans Portfolio.
To help veterans and their dependants understand the
complexities of making a claim or seeking a benefit or just about
anything else the department administers it has produced what are
called Fact Sheets. These are available from the
Department through their web site or at their city, regional or
VAN offices across the State.
You can also access DVA at www.dva.gov.au