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Additional Compensation Following Death for Wholly Dependent Partners
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
Chapter 5 Part 2 Division 2 Paragraph 234(1)(a)
Stated Current Purpose/Intent
To provide additional tax-free compensation in a lump sum to the wholly dependent partner of a member or former member whose death is accepted as related to service rendered on or after 1 July 2004.
Current Eligibility Criteria
The additional compensation following death is payable to a wholly dependent partner of a deceased member where liability for the member's death has been accepted. The payment is age‑based with the maximum payment currently being $139,274.03.
- See the topic: Periodic Payment - Compensation Following Death for Wholly Dependent Partners for a description of what constitutes a wholly dependent partner.
- The above rate of payment is applicable as at 1 July 2014 and is indexed annually on 1 July.
Date of Introduction
1 July 2004
This is an enhancement of the additional compensation following death available under Defence Determination 2003/21 to wholly dependent partners of members whose death on or after 10 June 1997 is accepted as related to service before 1 July 2004.
The original intention has not changed.
Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction
Same sex partners treated the same as opposite sex de facto partners.