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Retrospective Consideration

Retrospective Consideration for Superannuation Purposes

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.

Departmental Coordination

Defence Member and Family Support 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 at the links below:

MSBS and ADF Cover Contributors

Former members applying for retrospective change to mode of separation under Rule 30 of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) and ADF Cover are to forward their applications directly to Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation for consideration. View the ComSuper Factsheet .

Retrospective Consideration to be treated as Medically Unfit under Defence Regulation 2016

Departmental Coordination

The single services administer this function. Applications must be sent to:

Download the Retrospective Consideration Tri-Service Application Form .

The Retrospective Consideration Diagram advises the process for former members seeking to be treated as medically unfit.

More information: