From: DVA
Date: Fri 6/10/2017 1:50 PM

Change from SRCA to DRCA


Dear advocates

You may be aware that a new Act has been passed to replace the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members with coverage under Part XI. The new Act, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) will replace the SRCA from 12 October 2017.

The DRCA replicates the SRCA, modified to apply only to current and former ADF members and their dependants. The commencement of the DRCA will separate compensation for current and former ADF members with service prior to 1 July 2004 from compensation available to civilians covered by the SRCA.

It is important to note that:

• The DRCA will replicate the relevant provisions of the SRCA, as it stands at the date of commencement on 12 October 2017.
• The eligibility and benefits available under the DRCA are the same as those available under the SRCA.
• All existing claims and entitlements under the SRCA will automatically become claims and entitlements under the DRCA.
• All new claims relating to service prior to 1 July 2004 will be determined under the DRCA from 12 October 2017.
• There will be no impact on claims under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 or the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Please remember to use the new claim forms that reference the DRCA when you are lodging claims. These will be available on the DVA website. The new Act will be available on the Federal Register of Legislation from 12 October 2017.

Please see the attached frequently asked questions on the DRCA. Alternatively, you can contact me on (02) 6289 4847 or email drca.information@dva.gov.au if you have any questions.


SRCA to DRCA Frequently Asked Questions pdf document


Kind regards



Julie Wickens
Director Policy Projects Section
Compensation & Income Support Policy Branch
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
P: 02 6289 4847


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