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Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006
Stated Current Purpose/Intent
To provide health care benefits to Australian participants in the British Nuclear Tests in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s and to Australian members of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan after the end of the Second World War.
Treatment is available under the BNT/BCOF Act for:
- ADF members (BCOF participants) who served in Japan after the end of the Second World War as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force
- ADF members (BNT participants) who served in support of the British Nuclear Tests in Australia
- civilians (BNT participants) who either supported the British Nuclear Tests in Australia (eg contractors, Commonwealth employees) or who were otherwise potentially exposed to ionising radiation resulting from the British Nuclear Tests in Australia (eg pastoralists, indigenous people).
BCOF participant and BNT participant are defined terms in the legislation.
- Treatment is provided through a Gold Card.
- The Gold Card issued under the BNT/BCOF Act provides identical treatment to Gold Cards issued under the VEA and the MRCA.
Date of Introduction
1 July 2017
The original intention has not changed.