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Defence service is service -
on a continuous full time basis with the Australian Defence Force,
- between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994 (inclusive); and
- for a period considered to be “effective full-time service”.
- Defence service excludes operational, hazardous and peacekeeping service.
For 'preservation of eligibility', for defence service from 7 April 1994 a person must have:
- been rendering full-time service immediately before the commencement of the VEA on 22 May 1986; and
- continued to render continuous full-time service up to and including 7 April 1994, and
- immediately before 7 April 1994, been bound to render continuous full-time service for a term expiring on or after 7 April 1994.
- Any person who served from 7 April 1994 will not have rendered defence service unless their eligibility has been preserved.
- Any person, except someone discharged on medical grounds, who joined after 7 April 1991 will not qualify.
A member of the Defence Force with continuous full-time service from 1 February 1986 to 1 December 1995.
As this member of the Defence Force commenced service prior to the VEA they are considered to be preserved. Therefore, a claim for disability pension based on an injury incurred at any time during this whole period of service may be made.
A member of the Defence Force with continuous full-time service from 1 March 1989 to 1 January 1995.
As this member of the Defence Force commenced after the VEA they are NOT considered to be preserved. Therefore, a claim for disability pension can only be made if based on an injury incurred prior to 7 April 1994.