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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.


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Coronavirus (COVID19)

Your health and wellbeing is our priority.

In the interests of public safety and in an effort to implement social distancing measures in response to the COVID19 situation, the VRB has moved to conducting hearings by telephone only from Monday 23 March 2020.

As a result, VRB venues nationally will be closed from Monday 23 March 2020 to the public until further notice.

VRB Registry staff will contact you regarding your application. However, should you require further information call 1800 550 460 to discuss.

Please be assured that we are doing all we can do to be flexible and cause minimal disruption, while managing this evolving situation. 

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