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2.6 Special Rate Disability Pension (SRDP)
Special Rate Disability Pension (SRDP) under MRCA is an ongoing payment that can be made to a former member in lieu of incapacity payments. Chapter 13 of the Military Compensation Policy Library provides detailed information regarding eligibility and the application of the SRDP.
Specific to DVA Rehabilitation, section 199(1)(d) identifies the following criteria: the former member is unable to undertake remunerative work for more than 10 hours per week, and rehabilitation is unlikely to increase the person's capacity to undertake remunerative work.
Chapter 13 of the Military Compensation MRCA Manuals and Resources Library identifies the requirements to establish if this criteria is met.
A person does not have to have had a DVA Rehabilitation assessment, or undertaken a DVA rehabilitation program in order to meet s199(1)(d).
A DVA Rehabilitation assessment may be requested to assist the Benefits & Payments delegate to make a determination if additional evidence or rehabilitation expertise/assistance is required.
If it is found that a client is SRDP eligible, assistance should be made available to clients to participate in a rehabilitation program to achieve improved functioning and wellbeing outcomes for the client.
Clients currently in receipt of SRDP may also be referred, or self-refer for rehabilitation assistance.