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3.6.6 Advice to Recipients

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When payment of the SIA is made, the recipient should be advised of the financial advice entitlement. Any decision to pay or not pay the SIA must also include a notice of appeal rights. The Defence Determination provides for the reconsideration of decisions and for appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from decisions that have been confirmed on reconsideration.

Where a payment has been made to, or on behalf of, a child, the recipient should be advised that the counselling services of the VCES are available if required and that further information on the scheme is available from the local VCES office. The address of the local VCES office should be provided. The VCES should also be notified of the names and addresses of the children (and of the parent or guardian for those children who are under 18).