External
Policy

Section 5(3) provides that the categories of person listed under that subsection may be covered under DRCA following a Declaration (via legislative instrument) by the Minister (the DRCA Declaration). 

A Declaration was signed by the Minister on 21 September 2018, and commenced on 1 October 2018.  This DRCA Declaration provides for the class of persons mentioned in column 1 of the following Schedule to be taken as persons employed by the Commonwealth where performing the class of acts mentioned in column 2.

SCHEDULE

 

 

Column 1

Class of Persons

 

 

Column 2

Class of Acts

 

1.

 

Persons who, before the MRCA commencement date, held honorary rank in the Australian Defence Force

 

 

Acts performed in connection with the activities of the Australian Defence Force

 

 

2.

 

Persons who, before the MRCA commencement date, were accredited representatives of the following approved philanthropic organisations that served the Australian Defence Force as described in the Department of Defence document known as the “Philanthropic Manual” (PHILOMAN):

 

(a)    Australian Red Cross Society (Field Force);

(b)   Everyman’s Welfare Service (formerly known as Campaigners for Christ);

(c)    Salvation Army – Red Shield Defence Services;

(d)   Young Men’s Christian Association – Defence Forces Division;

(e)    Young Women’s Christian Association – Defence Forces Division;

(f)    Returned Services League – Australian Forces Overseas Fund.

 

 

 

Acts performed in connection with the activities of the Australian Defence Force

 

 

 

3.

 

Persons who, before the MRCA commencement date, were on discharge resettlement training under an arrangement made by the Australian Defence Force

 

 

Acts performed in connection with discharge resettlement training under an arrangement approved by the Australian Defence Force

 

Note: A copy of the Philanthropic Manual (PHILOMAN), as in force on the date of commencement of this instrument, is available at: http://www.defence.gov.au/publications/docs/PHILOMAN.pdf.

The version of the Philanthropic Manual (PHILOMAN) that is in force on the date of commencement of this instrument is the First edition 2013.

The class of persons covered in the above were also covered under a substantially similar instrument made under section 5(6A) of the SRCA (the SRCA Declaration).  The SRCA Declaration was due to sunset on 1 October 2017, but due to the creation of the DRCA on 12 October 2017, a 12 month deferral of the sunsetting day was obtained for the SRCA Declaration.  The DRCA Declaration was made to ensure that the previously eligible class of persons remained eligible once the SRCA instrument sunset.

Any questions relating to this instrument can be directed to L.and.SE.Policy@dva.gov.au.