The following is a list of all currently in force hazardous service declarations made under section 120(7) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).  The locations given are a general description only.  Each instrument contains details of the exact location to which it refers.

Links to all hazardous service instruments are included in the By Region section of the Service Eligibility Assistant.

For information on this kind of service, see Hazardous Service in the Additional Information section.




Iran, Iraq

17 November 1986 to 28 February 1989

The Gulf of Iran and the Gulf of Oman west of a line joining Rass-el-Hadd and the southern end of the Iran-Pakistan border and the countries littoral to those waters to a maximum distance inland of 50 km from the high water mark.

Gulf War

Transit from the last port of call in Australia to i) the Operational Area, or ii) 2 August 1990, whichever is the latter

ADF members while proceeding on Defence duty from Australia to the operational area.  If the ADF member was on exchange with an allied force, they are covered while proceeding on duty to the Operational area from a place outside the operational area. 

Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Gulfs of Oman and Aden, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea

On and after 8 June 1991 and before 1 April 1996

Service as a member of the ADF on a RAN or allied vessel in the operational area defined in the determination.

On or after 7 May 1991

Service as a member of the ADF as part of Operation HABITAT (providing humanitarian aid to Kurdish refugees) in Iraq and Turkey south of latitude 38 degrees north.

On or after 2 July 1991

Service as a member of the ADF as part of Operation BLAZER with the UN Special Commission for the destruction of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Northern Arabian Sea

On or after 1 April 1996

Service as a member of the ADF in the area comprising those international waters, contiguous ports and waters used for international navigation contained with the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Northern Arabian Sea with an eastern extremity of 61 degrees, 50 minutes East and a southern extremity of 20 degrees North.


On or after 8 June 1991

Service as an ADF member with with the UN Office for Coordinating Assistance to Afghanistan (UNOCA) or the UN Mine Clearance Training Team (UNMCTT) in Afghanistan.


On or after 12 July 1994

Service as an ADF member part of UN humanitarian operations in Mozambique.


On or after 17 September 1994

Service as a member of the ADF as part of USA-led multi-national force operating in Haiti.

Former Republic of Yugoslavia

On or after 24 January 1997

Service as a member of the ADF while on exchange with allied forces in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.