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33.2.4 Discharged full-time members - time off after discharge

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Most periods of weekly incapacity for discharged members of the ADF will be for continuous periods lasting weeks or months and thus progress toward 45 weeks can easily be calculated and tracked in periods of weeks.

On occasions, clients will also claim for periods of intermittent incapacity as short as a day or an hour or two for attendances for medical treatment or when they are unable to attend work.

Examples:

1.A discharged member takes time off (2 hours) from his employment to visit his GP concerning the compensable condition. The 2 hours is counted towards 45 weeks.

2.Some clients will have a capacity to engage in full-time employment after discharge but with less earning capacity than in their pre injury employment. For instance a Sgt with an annual salary of $45,000 in the Army may be medically discharged because of a work-related injury. After participating in a rehabilitation program, the discharge client is considered able to earn $35,000 in another occupation commensurate with his or her skills and physical limitations. The Sgt is able to work full-time in the new job but because of the injury remains unable to work at the pre injury earning capacity, and thus receives some weekly compensation. Although working full-time and not actually taking time off work, any period during which the client is receiving weekly compensation will count toward the 45 weeks.

3.A discharged client is on a GRTW plan, attending work 3 days per week. Each week the client is receiving incapacity payments counts as a full week toward the 45 weeks.