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D4h Tier 1, 2 and 3 Reject - Group 1 Reject - New Claim
The highlighted sections should be included only if the person has been determined as eligible for Group 2 status for SHCS.
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I refer to your application for Tier classification as an F-111 deseal/reseal program participant or F-111 fuel tank entry maintenance worker.
Thank you for the evidence you provided to support your application. The material you have provided, along with further evidence sought by DVA [delete if not relevant] and details of your service, have been carefully considered. Unfortunately your application does not satisfy the definition for Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 classification or Group 1 status through the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme.
I do, however, find that your duties satisfy the definition of a Group 2 participant for the purposes of accessing counselling through the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme.
The reason/s that your service does not satisfy the definition of a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 participant is (PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION, eg. you were not part of a formal deseal/reseal program and did not enter an F-111 fuel tank for maintenance purposes).
If you have or are aware of additional information in support of your claim that wasn't considered as part of this process you should contact the Department.
Your SHOAMP Health Care Scheme Group 2 classification allows you to access counselling services through the VVCS - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this reconsideration, and your allocation of Tier 3 classification, you can apply to the Commonwealth Ombudsman on 1300 362 072, to examine your case. The Ombudsman can only consider how the decision was reached - the decision-making process undertaken and the information considered by DVA. The Ombudsman cannot review the decision itself.
We are also obligated to mention to you the Freedom of Information Act 1982, where you can have access to your personal files or any other non-exempt documents, if you have concerns with your case. You may also inspect the manuals, guidelines, rules and instructions which may be used by officers in making decisions relating to members of the public. For further details contact DVA on 1800 555 254 for the Freedom of Information Section.
F-111 Tier Classification Team
For and on behalf of
The Hon Warren Snowdon MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel