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Retrospective consideration

Sub-section 51(6) of the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Act 1948 (DFRB Act) and Section 37 of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 (DFRDB Act) allows the Service Chiefs (or their authorised delegate) to consider whether former members who retired for reasons other than for medical reasons, may be treated as though they had separated medically for certain invalidity benefits under these Acts only.

MSBS Contributors: Former members applying for retrospective change to mode of separation under Rule 30 of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) are to forward their applications directly to Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSC) for consideration. Factsheets are available via the Military Super website.

Departmental Coordination: The Directorate of National Programs administers this function on behalf of the Service Chiefs.

Guidelines and Application Forms: Guidelines on How to Request a Retrospective Change to Mode of Separation for each Act, as well as Applications Forms are available on the links below:

DFRB Act

DFRDB Act

Defence Force Retirement & Death Benefits Scheme (DFRDB)

Retrospective Consideration to be treated as Medically Unfit under Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002-99

The diagram below advises the process for former members seeking to be treated as medically unfit.

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Restrospective consideration process flow chart