Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans – Final Report

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Final report to Government and release

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The final inquiry report was handed to the Australian Government on 27 June 2019 and publicly released on 4 July 2019.

The report sets out the Commission’s findings and recommendations on a better way to support veterans. The key message of the report is that despite recent improvements to the system, the current veterans’ compensation and rehabilitation system requires fundamental reform.

The report is in two volumes. Volume 1 contains the overview, recommendations and findings and chapters 1 to 10. Volume 2 contains chapters 11 to 19, appendix A and references.

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  1. Ted,that all fine but as with RCB Recognition&Entitlements,PTSD,etc,when are the bullshit meetings going to stop,actioning started before too late,for our young /old vets to have meaningful results & people as Peter Cosgrove,whom was our Comdr,Don Spinks,one of my Cpls ,worked with in 3/4 CAV….then 2/14,refuse to help us ……so much looking after your own,that’s where we going wrong,”fuck you Jack,I’m alright ,you get it” Not good enough,same bullet goes through you irrespective of colour,rank or nationality…..We all AU served for AU& our people…….Brian

  2. Colin "Tiny" Russell says

    I’m in agreeance with what Lee has stated about the diminishing training standards. I was conscripted at age 20 yrs. I was in a damn well paid job as a Merchant Seaman, having been in that job from age 15 yrs. When I entered the Army I was surrounded by fellow conscripted Recruits aged between 20 and 22 yrs. None of us were brain surgeons, I mean, geeze in my case I failed the Intermediate Certificate, but the majority of us had life experiences, knew how to wash our own clothes, shave and make our beds – well not properly but we soon learned the proper way. There was no early warnings of barracks inspections, even in a Battalion, and if you could not pass Recruit or IET training you were sent back to another squad, there was no lessening of standards just so key performance indicators could be met. Now at this point I’m not 100% agreeing with Lee about some of our returned diggers being broken as I find it hard to believe [as an ex-Recruit and IET Instructor and ex-Section Commander] that prior to deployment that training would not “weed out” serious issues as they arose and to hell with KPI’s and boots needed on the ground, there is always some one ready to take the place of a not battle ready soldier. Sorry Lee

  3. Lee C Donovan says

    One would hope that the government will at least look at the recommendations! Through the changes it implemented in the late 90’s early 2000’s the government created the storm Of injured veterans! The Single rooms, breaking down team work and the ability to check on your team mates, the increase in Drug use because No one can go up for room inspections without giving them 48 hours notice!!!! Increasing the education entry standard to join feom year 10 to year 12, giving us personnel that meet that standard, however, not mentally tough enough to carry out the tasks required without damaging them mentally and physically. The changing of standards at Kappoka and IET training to assist with the passing of IET KPI’s so as to allow payment to the Now civilian run recruitment agency’s. The priority, push out qualified soldiers at all costs! Have we not learned from centuries of soldiering how to produce a warrior! Someone that can dig deep both mentally and physically, stand knee deep in blood and guts and fight for the cause! At All leveling of training I’m being told the product now being forged is NOT up to it, hence the amount of these poor soldiers coming back from operations broken both physically and mentally! We were never a reflection of society, Now we are, weak of mind, weak of soul! And the outcome is what it is, broken soldiers!