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3.3.2 Importance of Date Permanent
The date an injury occurred and the resulting impairment became permanent is of crucial importance in determining whether the impairment is assessed under the SRCA or under its predecessors, the 1971 Act and the 1930 Act:
- if the impairment relates to service prior to 1 July 2004 and became permanent on or after 1 December 1988 (except for hearing loss, where special rules are applied) – the SRCA applies
- if the impairment became permanent on or after 1 September 1971 and before 1 December 1988, the 1971 Act applies
- if the impairment became permanent on or after 3 January 1949 and before 1 September 1971 – the 1930 Act applies.
Delegates should keep in mind that impairments relating to service on or after 1 July 2004 will come under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) and not the SRCA.