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The Veterans' Review Board (VRB) is an independent tribunal that exists to review:

  1. decisions made by the Repatriation Commission under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (Cth) on:
    • claims for acceptance of injury or disease as war- or defence-caused
    • claims for war widows', war widowers' and orphans' pensions
    • assessment of pension rate for incapacity from war- or defence-caused injury or disease
    • claims for the grant, or assessment of, attendant allowance

  2. determinations under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (Cth) made by:
    • the Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Commission
    • the Service Chiefs of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy, and the Royal Australian Air Force

The VRB reviews decisions made by officers of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) who have been given power under the VEA by the Repatriation Commission to decide claims for pension and applications for increase in pension. These officers are called 'delegates' of the Repatriation Commission.

The VRB's role was extended in 2004 to review determinations under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA). It is concerned with rehabilitation, and compensation for members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their families for injury, disease or death related to service rendered on or after 1 July 2004.

In conducting a review, the VRB is not bound by the rules of evidence or any of the findings within the decision it is reviewing.

News

The Veterans' Review Board is continuing its program of transformation of putting veterans at the front and centre of their cases.

The Principal Member has issued three new Practice Notes, following consultation with advocates and Ex-Service Organisations.

The practice notes are:

The practice notes take effect from 29 October 2018. However, the Board would welcome ongoing feedback on the practice notes from veterans, their families and advocates.

Additionally, Practice Note 1 of 2018 remains available. This practice note concerns the Board's trial, in select cases, of giving reasons for decision orally on the day of a Board hearing.

The aim of the trial is to give outcomes for veterans who want their cases resolved without delay.

The trial will be conducted in the Board's Sydney Registry, but may include cases from across Australia. The program will run until the end of October.

The "Practice Direction 1 of 2018 Oral Reasons for Decision" explains how the pilot program will work.

The VRB continues welcomes all feedback on the pilot.