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D4i Tier 1, 2 and 3 Reject - Group 1 Accept - Reviewed Claim
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I refer to your previous unsuccessful 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 details of your service and information you provided have been carefully considered under the new definition for Tier 3 and the revised guidelines regarding the weighting of statutory declarations in the decision making process. We find that your duties do not satisfy the definition for Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 classification.
However, we find that your duties satisfy the definition of a Group 1 participant for the purposes of eligibility for the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme and the Better Health Program.
Your service satisfies the definition for eligibility for the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme Group1 status and the Better Health Program because (PROVIDE EXPLANATION).
Your service does not satisfy the definition for Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 classification because (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 OR not able to corroborate information in statutory declarations).
Your Group 1 classification status allows you to access counselling and interim treatment for specified conditions through the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme. Group 1 classification also provides eligibility to access the Better Health Program – a cancer screening and disease prevention program. Please call the health care team on 1800 728 007 if you have any questions or you would like to access these services.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this reconsideration, and your Group 1 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.
If you have any other queries or concerns about your new Group 1 classification, or if you have or are aware of additional information in support of your claim that wasn't considered as part of this process, the F-111 team would be happy to take your call on 1800 555 323. You can also access more information on the website at f111.dva.gov.au
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