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Defence Asbestos and Hazardous Chemicals Exposure Scheme

The Defence Asbestos and Hazardous Chemicals Exposure Scheme (DAHCES) combines what was previously known as the Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme (DAEES) and the Defence Exposure Evaluation Scheme (DEES).

The DAEES was developed as a result of the Independent Review of Asbestos Management in Defence (The Enfield Report) undertaken in 1991. The report recommended that the Department of Defence should provide a service which allows its workers access to health-based advice and support where they believe they have been exposed to asbestos. The scheme was subsequently expanded to include other hazardous chemicals.

The DAHCES is open to current and former employees of the Department of Defence and Australian Defence Force members (including Cadets) who suspect that they have been exposed to asbestos or a hazardous chemical as a result of their employment with Defence.

Current employees of the Department of Defence and members of the Australian Defence Force who believe that they have been exposed to asbestos or hazardous chemicals should submit a Defence WHS Incident Event Report via Sentinel – WHS Event Reporting. Serving ADF members who have potentially been exposed to asbestos or a hazardous chemical are encouraged to contact their local ADF Health Services subsequent to registering with the scheme.

Persons wishing to participate in the DAHCES should call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) to register their details and access 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 sent information including your registration number. If medical counselling is available for your specific exposure, you can complete a form to send to the health provider prior to making an appointment. You are required to quote your registration number to the health provider when making an appointment for an assessment.

Asbestos and Hazardous Chemical Exposure

When you register an asbestos exposure with the DAHCES you will be sent an information pack providing details on how to arrange an assessment with the Defence health provider. The process involves the following:

  • Fill out questionnaire provided in pack and email to health provider;
  • Contact health provider to make an appointment quoting your registration number.
  • Take your questionnaire and registration letter along to your appointment
  • Attend the medical appointment at the time and location advised by the health provider.
  • You will be counselled by the health provider staff and may be referred for further testing or advised to have a follow up examination.
  • You will receive a copy of your medical report.
  • If you travel more than 50km to your appointment, you are entitled to reimbursement for DAHCES travel.

Hazardous Chemical Exposure

When you register exposure to a hazardous chemical via the DAHCES your details and exposure type will be recorded. You will be sent a letter stating your registration number, and in some cases, additional information relating to the hazardous chemical you have registered an exposure to.

Reimbursement for DAEES Travel

The DAHCES reimburses ex-serving Defence employees and members who have travelled more than 50km (by vehicle) to the closest health assessment centre from their residence. For further information please read the information sheet below.

Information Sheets

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