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Australian Defence Force Claims Queensland and WA

If you have suffered injury or loss whilst serving as a member of the Australia Defence Force (ADF) you may be able to make a claim for military compensation.

The Australian Defence Force legal process in Queensland and WA

Everyone’s situation is unique and no two Australian Defence Force claims are the same, however the below image is a good representation of how the claims process works with Shine Lawyers and how to access compensation following your injuries.

How Australian Defence Force compensation gets calculated in Queensland and WA

Depending on the nature of your Australian Defence Force compensation claim, generally speaking, a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the injury, and your actual life path since the injury.

This page is written specifically for a Queensland or Western Australian audience. Restrictions in these states prohibited us from showing certain information regarding our legal services, so if you are located outside these states please click here for information on military law.

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  • Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you

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Common questions about Australian Defence Force Claims Queensland and WA

If you have an injury because of your service in the ADF, you may be able to claim compensation under Queensland or WA law.

You may be able to make a military compensation claim if you are or have been a member of any of the below:
  • Army
  • Army Reserve
  • Navy
  • Naval Reserve, RANR
  • Air Force, RAAF
  • Air Force Reserve
  • Australian Federal Police
Military Rehabilitation (Rehab) is available from the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) in Queensland or WA. If you were injured or suffered an illness as a result of your ADF service and your claim has been accepted, then this option is available to you.

The first step is to make a claim for liability.

You’re entitled to nominate a legal representative or organisation to help you through this process
Military Compensation

If you have an injury or disease resulting from your ADF service you may be able to claim compensation in Queensland or WA.

Even if you were injured while undertaking incidental duties in the ADF; for example:
  • travelling to and from location where performing peacetime service
  • away from a place of duty upon having ceased to perform duty


You can also receive compensation if you suffer loss or damage to medical aids.

Dependents can be eligible for compensation in the event of a death occurring as a result of serving on or after 1 July 2004.

Military Rehabilitation and Benefits

If you have an injury or disease resulting from your ADF service you may be entitled to compensation if your claim for liability has been accepted by the DVA.

You may also be able to claim benefits and compensation for:
  • Disability compensation pension
  • War widows and widowers pension
  • Compensation following death
  • Injury resulting from chemical exposure
  • Incapacity benefits


Other Military Related Legal Claims

You may also have a claim if you or someone you know, has experienced or been involved in:
  • discrimination of age, gender, race, religion etc
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • harassment
  • difficulty in obtaining benefits or compensation from DVA
The Government pays compensation as per your service policy, not the person directly associated with your claim (if any).
What you can claim for under Queensland or WA law will depend on your particular military issue.

You may be able to claim for:
  • Impairment benefits
  • Current or Future Loss of income
  • Access to treatment or rehabilitation
  • Medical expenses
It really depends on your situation as to how much compensation you can claim under Queensland and WA law. How much you can claim is based on your individual circumstances so it's very hard to give a ballpark figure without knowing the extent of your injuries.
How long your claim takes under Queensland or WA law depends on a few things, for example how complex your particular situation is.

Once a lawyer knows the ins and outs of your case they can give a better idea of the timeframes involved with your claim.
There are time limits for taking legal action in Queensland and WA so it’s best to seek legal advice as soon as possible, preferably within 12 months.
Shine Lawyers work on a No win no fee basis which means you will only pay our fee if you win your case at the end of the claim.
The amount of legal costs that you pay depends on the amount of work required to pursue your claim.
Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations in Queensland and WA. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.

Queensland

Western Australia
Shine Lawyers have expert No Win No Fee lawyers that can help you determine your rights and bring forward a claim on your behalf. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.

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Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law in Queensland:

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Jodie Willey, Brisbane
Kathryn Rayner, Townsville
Melissa O'Neill, Brisbane
Michelle Wright, Springwood
Roger Singh, Brisbane
Simon Morrison, Brisbane

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