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4.4.1 General Principles

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Eligibility based on service during the Korean and Malayan campaigns is designed to recognise those who had active service in those countries.

Eligibility based on service in the Far East Strategic Reserve, follows a review of anomalies in Repatriation benefits in respect of various groups of veterans with overseas service since the Second World War.  Members who served in these areas within the dates specified in the VEA Ministerial Determinations were exposed to hazards of an operational or warlike nature beyond those of normal peacetime duty.

In general, a person who was a member of the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Australia (or any nursing service maintained in connection with these Forces) is an eligible person if that person:

  • was allotted for duty in connection with the warlike operations in Korea (between 27 June 1950 and 31 August 1957 inclusive), and who left the last port of call in Australia or other part of the Queen's Dominions, before 1 September 1957 for the purpose of serving in connection with those operations;
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  • served in Singapore at any time between 29 June 1950 and 31 August 1957 inclusive;
  • (see Determination at Eligibility GO 4.4.5 — Singapore 1950 to 1957)

  • was allotted for duty or assigned for service in connection with the warlike operations in Malaya (between 29 June 1950 and 31 August 1957 inclusive), and who left the last port of call in Australia or other part of the Queen's Dominions, before 1 September 1957 for the purpose of serving in connection with those operations;
  • (see Determination at Eligibility GO 4.4.5 — Malayan Emergency 1950 to 1957)

  • served between 1 September 1957 and 27 May 1963 inclusive in the area of Malaya and/or the area of the Island of Singapore and its dependencies other than Christmas Island; or
  • (see Determination at Eligibility GO 4.4.5 — Malayan Emergency 1957 to 1960 and Malaya and Singapore 1960 to 1963)
  • was attached to the Far East Strategic Reserve between 2 July 1955 and 27 May 1963 inclusive.
  • (these are included in the previously mentioned Determinations)