Former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with entitlements under the SRCA 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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A VVRS approved rehabilitation program may include the provision of work related aids, appliances and workplace alterations. This is explained in Section 1.3.3 of the VVRS Instrument.
Under section 4.2.1 of the VVRS Instrument, accommodation and travel assistance can be provided to VVRS clients who live in rural and remote areas and who are required to travel a substantial distance for a rehabilitation assessment or training program.
The Department administers the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) on behalf of the Repatriation Commission.
The Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) is a free and voluntary rehabilitation program that assists eligible veterans to find or retain employment. The assistance provided includes vocational support such as vocational assessments and interview skills training. The Scheme also offers medical management and psychosocial services to address barriers in other parts of a veteran’s life preventing his or her retention of, or return to, employment.
This topic relates to section 4.3 of the VVRS Instrument.
The Rehabilitation Service Provider will be expected to explore opportunities within the workplace for the employer to provide aids, appliances and workplace modifications before making a recommendation for these to be provided under the VVRS. This could involve a cost sharing arrangement with an employer.
The provision of the grant must adhere to the cost effectiveness for the VVRS.
This topic relates to section 2.2 of the VVRS Instrument.
Approval of a vocational rehabilitation program
Section 2.2.2 in the VVRS Instrument should be considered in its entirety before final approval is given. Approval should be based on responses to each of the items listed under section 2.2.2 and a final decision made on the total responses provided, not on isolated items from the list.
This topic relates to section 5.3 of the VVRS Instrument.
Chapter 5 of the VVRS Instrument sets out the review rights.