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Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme

The Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme (DAEES) was developed as a result of the Report of the Independent Review of Asbestos in Defence (Enfield Report) in 1991. The report recommended that Defence develop a unified asbestos management policy, which would allow specified individuals to take part in medical consultations and counsel ling and to apply for compensation claims.

The DAEES is open to current and former employees of the Department of Defence (DoD), Australian Defence Force (ADF) cadets, and former ADF employees who suspect that they have been exposed to asbestos as a result of their employment with Defence, for example Dummy Charge Bags.

Current employees of the Department of Defence who think that they have been exposed to asbestos should submit a Defence WHS Incident Report via WHS-ISS (Incident Self Service) available via PMKeyS Self Service. Serving ADF employees who have been or think that they may have been exposed to asbestos are encouraged to contact their local ADF Health Services. They will receive asbestos exposure evaluation and counselling accordingly. Persons wishing to take part in the DAEES are to call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) to register their details and gain further information.

Serving ADF employees who have been or think that they may have been exposed to asbestos are encouraged to contact their local ADF Health Services. They will receive asbestos exposure evaluation and counselling accordingly.

Persons wishing to take part in the DAEES are to call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) to register their details and gain further information.

FAQs

How do I register?

  • Call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) and follow the prompts.
  • You can register your details with the operator over the phone.
  • You will be given an asbestos registration number during the call. (You will need to quote this number to Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) staff when making an appointment for assessment.)

What are the elements of the DAEES

When you register with the DAEES you will be sent a letter providing details of how to arrange an assessment with Medibank Health Solutions (MHS). The process is:

  1. The letter will include details of the MHS office in your area.
  2. You should make an appointment for an asbestos review examination with the MHS office, quoting your asbestos registration number.
  3. MHS will send you a questionnaire for you to complete and bring to the assessment.
  4. You attend the MHS appointment at the time and location advised for an asbestos review examination.
  5. You will be counselled by MHS medical staff and may be referred to a respiratory physician for further testing (depending on your medical condition), or advised to have a follow up examination in 2-10 years.
  6. You will receive an examination report that will include your questionnaire, medical assessment results, assessment category and treatment plan.
  7. If you travel more than 50km to your appointment, you are entitled to reimbursement for DAEES travel.

Reimbursement for DAEES Travel

The DAEES or DEES has the provision to reimburse ex-serving Defence members if you travel more than 50km by vehicle to the closest MHS assessment center from your place of residence.

Information sheet: reimbursement for DAEES travel (PDF).

Travelling by other means

If you travel by other means your circumstances will be evaluated and you may receive a component of the expense incurred.

Accommodation

The DAEES/DEES program does not cover accommodation. If your closest MHS assessment center requires an overnight stay you may submit a claim for assessment and a decision will be made for possible reimbursement outside the DAEES/DEES program.

Information to provide

The following information is required to be provided to enable your travel reimbursement to be processed:

  • Name
  • Physical address
  • Postal address (if applicable)
  • Contact phone number/s
  • Fax number (if applicable)
  • Email address (if applicable)
  • Date and location of appointment
  • Type of transport used - vehicle (make, engine model and capacity), taxi or other means
  • Number of kilometers travelled
  • Business name (if applicable)
  • Bank details - account name, BSB and account number (payment is paid directly into bank account once approved)

Where do I send my reimbursement for travel?

Applications for reimbursements for travel (include information identified above) are to be emailed to: whs.daees@defence.gov.au.

Alternatively you may send the above information to:

Defence Centre of Occupational Health and Safety
Work Health and Safety Branch
Department of Defence
BP35-5-64
Brindabella Park
Canberra Airport ACT 2600

Who can I contact about compensation?

Military

  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs 133 254
  • Military Compensation and Rehabilitation Service 1300 550 461

Civilian

  • Comcare 1300 366 979