Former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with entitlements under the DRCA or the MRCA, whose accepted conditions impact on their ability to undertake or sustain employment, are eligible for vocational rehabilitation assistance. This includes "declared" members, ADF Cadets, Officers of Cadets and Instructors of Cadets.
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It is preferred that education and training approved as part of a DVA rehabilitation program are undertaken through an institution which enables access to Commonwealth assistance for the course of study.
Section 40 of the DRCA (in conjunction with subsection 146(3)) and sections 60 – 62 of the MRCA, place an onus on the Rehabilitation Authority to assist a person who is incapacitated as a result of a service injury or disease to find suitable employment. Suitable employment or suitable work is defined in this manual in
An important part of the rehabilitation process is to prepare the client for the job search process. This reflects the need to ensure all efforts are taken to address any barriers that a client may experience in securing meaningful and sustainable employment (see also 9.4 Managing vocational rehabilitation plans). An assessment of a client's individual circumstances should inform any initial and further job-seeking activities to be undertaken over the cours
During a period of retraining which is approved under a rehabilitation plan, and provided the client is fully participating in their retraining, their incapacity entitlements should continue to be calculated on the same basis as if they were not working.
Small Business Advisory Centres
Each State and Territory has Small Business Advisory Centres. These centres provide 'Starting Your Own Business' workshops for a small fee. The workshops are generally of 3 hours duration and provide the necessary introductory information to enable the client to decide whether they wish to proceed with their small business proposal.
Contact details for these services either through Commonwealth or State Government resourced agencies are available in the Government listings in the White Pages.
Much of the following information has been provided by Dr Ev Innes, an occupational therapist. The intention is to provide some basic information for Rehabilitation Delegates about the types of FCEs, to help inform decisions about when conducting an FCE may be appropriate. It should be noted that most assessors within rehabilitation service provider organisations will only have access to a single tool.