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Kingscliff RSL (NSW Branch) Sub-Branch offers advice and preparation of claims under the VEA, MRCA and SCRA by our volunteer Pensions Officer. The RSL does not charge for this service and you do not have to be an RSL member.

Our Pension Officers are trained under the Training and Information Program (TIP). The Training and Information Program (TIP) is a joint venture of ex-service organisations and Veterans’ Affairs providing training for members of the ex-service community as Pensions Officers, Welfare Officers and Advocates.

The Defence Service Assistance Centre also has Pension Officers located at the NSW State Office of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. They are available Monday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm and their address is:
Level 1
DVA Building
280 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Telephone: 9213 7479

Am I eligible to use the RSL State Branch service?
RSL Pensions, Advocacy and Welfare Service is available to all veterans, former and current members of the Defence Force, and their dependants, whether they are RSL members or not.

Eligible Service
The State Branch Pensions, Advocacy and Welfare Service can advise you of your entitlement to benefits according to your service history, even if you are not a current RSL member.

You can also establish your eligibility for benefits and entitlements through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). For further information, visit the DVA website.

Injured in the ADF?
If you are a Veteran or current/former ADF member, and have an injury or illness causally related to your ADF service, or you were discharged on medical grounds, you may be entitled to benefits you didn’t even know about.
For further information on the VEA, SRCA & MRCA, go the DVA website.

ADF Reserves & Cadets
All members of the ADF, including Reserves and Cadets, have compensation coverage under the provisions of the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for injury arising out of or in the course of employment before 1 July 2004 (i.e.: duty in the ADF, Reserves, Cadet Corps). This includes injury sustained while travelling between a member’s place of residence and place of employment, including Reserve parades, camps etc.

MRCC Scheme (MRCA)
The New Military Rehabilitation and Compensation (MRCC) Scheme was fully operational on 1 July 2004. The legislation delivers a single, military-specific scheme designed to meet the needs of all ADF members and their families in the event of injury or death. It applies to all service in the ADF from the date of its commencement which was 1 July 2004.

Veterans who are no longer in the ADF (discharged before 1 July 2004) will not be affected by the new legislation and will continue to be covered under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) or the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).