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23.5.3 Conclusion - Posting to RRF endemic areas not an influence on liability


Therefore, the Act negates any assertion that merely being required to reside in an area where the disease is endemic, represents a nexus with employment. Compensation is not payable on the basis of place of residence at the time of infection. The 'off duty' hours of a member residing full time (i.e. posted, for the time being) in a particular area do not attract compensation cover. The client must instead demonstrate that the nature of their employment made their particular employment group more vulnerable to infection than other sorts of employment conducted in the same area. Delegates should seek official statistics on infection rates (available from ADF Health and from the relevant State or Territory Health Departments) before accepting such any such assertion.