From: Defence Media Centre
Sent: Wednesday, 2 February 2011 9:34 AM

Improved housing assistance for injured members starts Feb 1

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, said from today additional housing and removals assistance will be available to injured Defence Force Personnel who require a live-in carer to aid their rehabilitation.

“Prior to 1 February 2011, the need for a live-in carer was not recognised and no provisions were made to assist personnel with housing to include a live-in carer. Defence has taken pro-active steps to change that.

“Today a new policy has been introduced which will allow members without dependants who need a live-in carer greater access to Defence residences or additional rent allowance to accommodate the carer and their rehabilitation needs,” Mr Snowdon said.

This will provide assistance to members who need a live-in carer, either on a short term or long term basis with domestic tasks, personal hygiene, mobility and feeding and to provide ongoing medical care.

“This is an important initiative which illustrates we are serious about our responsibility to provide health care and rehabilitation to members of the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Snowdon said.

This new policy arrangement delivers on a commitment made in the Defence White Paper 2009: Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030 to develop a simple, transparent and flexible package of housing and accommodation assistance options.

“In addition, members who need to move to a new home or location to assist in their rehabilitation can also be provided with a Commonwealth funded removal. Removals assistance may be provided for a live-in carer on a case-by-case basis.

“Members who have dependants may also access housing with an additional bedroom to accommodate a live-in carer,” he said.

This initiative is aligned with the Simpson Program, an initiative announced by the Government in 2010 to introduce a new program of enhanced support and services for wounded Australian Defence Force members.

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