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B13/1995 ADF DEPLOYMENT - HAITI
DATE OF ISSUE: 23 FEBRUARY 1995
ADF DEPLOYMENT - HAITI
The purpose of this instruction is to advise that service by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving with the Multi-national forces in Haiti is to be regarded as hazardous service, therefore entitling members of that ADF contingent to coverage under the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA).
ADF personnel serving on exchange with other nations have subsequently deployed with those forces to Haiti as a part of the United States led Multi-national force. The Minister for Defence, in conjunction with the Prime Minister has declared service by ADF personnel in Haiti to be hazardous service. There is also a contingent of the Australian Police Force who are serving in Haiti as a part of the Multi-national force. It is proposed that these persons will be designated as rendering peacekeeping service. However the Minister is yet to sign the necessary instrument to entitle these people to benefits under the VEA. A separate Departmental Instruction will be issued shortly in respect of the Australian Police Force contingent serving in Haiti.
Service as a member of the Defence Force on or after 17 September 1994 while in the area comprising Haiti, as a part of the United States of America led Multi-national force operating in that area is to be regarded as hazardous service under the VEA.
The contact officer for enquiries regarding this policy is Jeff Kelly, Compensation and Review Branch, Central Office. Tel (06) 289 6569.
G J COLLINS
A/G NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR