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5.5.1 Overview

5.5.1.1The VEA provides the Secretary with a wide range of information gathering powers for the purposes of investigation, so that an examiner may ascertain whether a person was eligible for a particular rate of payment or benefit (such as treatment), under the Act.

5.5.1.2The Secretary (or a Delegate of the Secretary) has the power to require a person to:

  • provide advice about their circumstances
  • provide documents
  • appear before an officer of the Department
  • provide information required on departmental forms.