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6.2.1 Privacy Act and the Department of Defence


The Privacy Act governs the release of information from the client's compensation file to the employer.

Commission must give, to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF), a copy of a claim for liability submitted to it by a person who suffers the injury or contracts the disease while a member of the ADF.  

An ADF unit may contact DVA seeking information on the nature of a serving member's injury.  This information cannot be released without that individual's consent.  However, in the circumstances where information can be released to the CDF, DVA should advise the ADF unit to approach the CDF’s delegate for information.  The CDF delegate is the Executive Officer, Joint Health Support Agency.  Information can only be released as outlined above.