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Ch 9 1930 Act
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The 1930 Act is the Commonwealth Employees' Compensation Act 1930 which covered Defence Force personnel from 3 January 1949 until 31 August 1971. For discussion of the 1930 Act, see Chapter 64 in the General Handbook.
A claimant may be entitled to lump-sum compensation under the 1930 Act if the claimed impairment is of a kind specified in S12 or Schedule 3 of that Act:
- Third Schedule, Part 1:
- Loss of both eyes
- Loss of an only useful eye, the other being blind or absent
- Loss of both hands
- Loss of hand and foot
- Loss of both feet
- Third Schedule, Part 2: specified losses set out in a Table of Injuries (often referred to as a 'Table of Maims'), including losses of hearing, arms, legs, fingers, toes, etc.
If the impairment is one of the losses set out in S12 or Schedule 3 of the 1930 Act, compensation is payable at a rate calculated in accordance with the specified percentage of the maximum statutory rate.
The statutory rates for lump-sum compensation under the 1930 Act were increased on a regular basis to protect the value of the compensation from the effects of inflation.
If the impairment suffered by the client is not one of the losses set out in S12 or Schedule 3 of the 1930 Act, lump-sum compensation will not be payable to the claimant.
Note that many disabling impairments were not compensated by a lump- sum under the 1930 Act, including back injuries and mental disorders.