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6.7.1 VEA Clearance
Where a client is in receipt of a VEA Disability Pension for any condition a clearance must be sent to the Offsetting and Manual Payments team to determine whether offsetting applies.
Compensation offsetting under the VEA is the process of reducing one compensation payment in recognition of another compensation payment for the same incapacity. Incapacity means the overall effect of an injury or disease. The same injury or disease accepted under the VEA may be medically diagnosed in a different way when accepted under the SRCA. If the SRCA condition contributes to the same incapacity as your VEA condition, then offsetting applies. The underlying principle behind these provisions is that a person should not be compensated twice for the same incapacity, when a person in a similar circumstance can only receive one source of compensation if only eligible from that source. It is up to the Offsetting and Manual Payments team to determine whether the incapacity is the same.
For the process to be followed from clearance to payment see 10.7 of the SRCA Permanent Impariment Handbook.
Possible dual entitlement – SRCA and VEA
A dual entitlement is unlikely to arise in the following cases:
- ADF members with only part-time service
- ADF members who enlisted after 7 April 1994.
A dual entitlement may exist in the following cases:
- ADF members with known operational, peacekeeping or hazardous service
- ADF full-time members who enlisted before 7 April 1991
- ADF full-time members who enlisted between 7 April 1991 and 6 April 1994 and were medically discharged